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Brunswick East's latest apartment project to reach sales has hit the ground running, with strong sales notched for the project in a short period of time. Seamstress at 11-13 Lygon Street is a reference to the site's previous life as a fabric mill. It is also K7 Developments' fourth Melbourne residential project, following on from successful projects in Brunswick West, Surrey Hills and Hawthorn East. With a Footscray development in the offing, K7...

The Oakleigh goliath: 807-811 Warrigal Road

City of Monash is welcoming feedback on what may become Oakleigh's new tallest building, with a development application spanning Warrigal and Dandenong Roads in the pipeline. Entity Viapac Australia Pty Ltd which represents a number of land owners, is the driving force behind the project that would create the suburb's largest development to date. In addition to hundreds of apartments, a healthy serviced apartment segment is included within the...

Victoriana looks to trump the competition along Queens Road and St Kilda Road

What to do when there's a crush of apartment developments along Queens Road and St Kilda Road, with each claiming to capture the luxury apartment market? Go super luxury, of course. JD Group's Victoriana at 20-22 Queens Road is nearing its launch to market, with the developer looking to tap into the still bubbly luxury apartment market. Victoriana's website is taking registrations of interest from prospective buyers, with one, two, three, four,...

Designing for a mobile workforce: RPM's new head office by ROTHELOWMAN

ROTHELOWMAN has designed RPM Real Estate Group’s new headquarters with the company’s mobile workforce in mind and with a desire to create an office with a "bit of soul." The relocation comes as a result of RPM’s rapid growth. Due to a high proportion of RPM salespeople working in­-house just one day a week, ROTHELOWMAN has been faced with the challenge of designing a space that caters to this dispersed and mobile workforce. The layout of the new...

Sustainability in the commercial sphere: RotheLowman's Michael Banak talks to Urban Melbourne

In light of Michael Banak's recent appointment to the role of Principal at national design firm RotheLowman, Urban Melbourne thought it an opportune time to chat with the Michael given his extensive credentials in sustainable workplace design. Holding a membership with the Green Building Council of Australia and accreditation as a Green Star professional, Michael Banak also participated in the Australian Institute of Architects’ mentoring...

New Sky thinking: 88 Melbourne

First covered on Urban Melbourne over two years ago , 88 Melbourne was officially launched by New Sky Group on 30 April, marking its first major foray into the Melbourne market. The project has already proven popular with locals currently living within Southbank and interstate purchasers with buyers from Sydney in particular. The $100 million 60-storey tower, located in the Southbank Entertainment Precinct is designed by RotheLowman in...

RotheLowman seeks a new high design benchmark of Highett

Highett is set to mirror neighbouring suburbs such as Cheltenham and Moorabbin with a taste of high density apartment living. No stranger to smaller stature apartment projects, a planning application was lodged with City of Kingston during February for a prime Highett development site located at 1233-1237 Nepean Highway. Designed by RotheLowman for developer Growland Group, the 13 level building sits on a site of 4,383sqm. Urban Melbourne...

OpenCorp enters Melbourne's apartment market with two projects

The recent news of local developer OpenCorp's acquisition of a Hawthorn East development site coincides with the firm's push into Melbourne's apartment sector, as evidenced by another upcoming project slated for Ivanhoe. With a presence spanning three states and in excess of $500 million in development nationally, Urban Melbourne recently spoke with OpenCorp Director Matthew Lewison regarding their their new direction into Melbourne's inner-city...

Up close with the Hickory Building System

Urban Melbourne recently paid an evening visit to Melbourne's most technologically advanced construction site. La Trobe Tower within the Melbourne's CBD is the first project to employ Hickory Building Systems (HBS) integrated structural methodology; builder Hickory Group's new method that accelerates construction of high-rise towers. Guided through the active construction site by Hickory Joint Managing Director George Argyrou and Site Manager...

Dahua Group and RotheLowman look to impress as Hawthorn marches on

The Hawthorn/Hawthorn East duo continue to bubble along as apartment hotspots with a raft of fresh planning applications before City of Boroondara. Leading the next wave of apartment projects for the popular postcodes is a sleek application headed by Shanghai-based Dahua Group. Under affiliate Dahua Australia, the leading Chinese developer is pursuing its second sizeable Melbourne apartment project in the form of a 356 dwellings spread over a 12...

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Development & Planning

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 07:00
After years of inactivity and stalled projects, Pentridge's rebirth is gathering momentum, headlined by a proposed all-silver tower put forward by Shayher Group and Cox Architecture. After Shayher Group's announcement last year that TFE Hotels was secured as operator of an onsite Adina Apartment Hotel complex , the intended redevelopment has since been lodged with planning authorities, with the expected outcome a new 18 storey tower.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

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Transport & Design

Monday, February 20, 2017 - 12:00
The Minister for Public Transport, Jacinta Allan, this morning announced the preferred design option for removing level crossings in Cheltenham and Mentone would include sinking the rail lines under existing road grades and rebuilding both stations in respective trenches. The level crossings on Frankston line to go are Park Road and Charman Road in Cheltenham and Balcombe Road in Mentone.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).