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CostaFox tackles Fishermans Bend with new proposal

Developers continue to stake their claim in Fishermans Bend, as the State Government prepares to release the draft Fishermans Bend Framework which will outline the future composition of the massive urban renewal area. CostaFox Developments has entered Fishermans Bend at an interesting juncture, lodging an application for a prime Dockland site in the shadows of the State Government announcement. Sited behind Yarra's Edge's low-rise townhouse...

The right fit, the right time: profiling Jameson Capital's B.E. Apartments

Brunswick East's popularity continues to cut through with apartment buyers, as Jameson Capital has noted with the recent launch of B.E. Apartments. Acting as a capital partner to date, Jameson Capital has turned its hand to development with 11-15 Brunswick Road, a 1,724sqm site that is located in an already established apartment pocket. On the eve of the project's launch, Urban Melbourne chatted with Jeremy Urbach, director of Jameson Capital...

Hawthorn Park solidifies Dahua Group's Australian presence

Dahua Group's Managing Director William Huang recently sat down with Urban Melbourne to profile the company's upcoming Hawthorn Park development, and their wider intentions for the Australian market. Exposure for the development is on the rise prior to its public launch next month. Hawthorn Park shapes as one of Melbourne's largest releases for 2017, with 362 dwellings slated for the 12,282sqm site which holds three street frontages; the major...

Hawthorn's Queens Avenue notches its sixth current apartment project

Hawthorn's Queens Avenue is emerging as an apartment hot spot of sorts, as developers realise the worth of converting the light industrial and commercial strip into a higher density apartment enclave. Running parallel to Burwood Road, Queens Avenue now has six apartment developments in progress. The latest to emerge via City of Boroondara is 21-27 Queens Avenue which is seeking to add a further 66 apartments within a 9-storey building. Leinard...

Viapac Group launches Oakleigh's largest development

The arrival of Oros on offtheplan.melbourne heralds the launch of Oakleigh's largest mixed-use development to date. Located at 807-811 Warrigal Road, Oros is also Nanjing-based Viapac Group's biggest Melbourne project; the Chinese-based developer has three additional developments on its books located in Newport, West Melbourne and South Yarra. Oros' launch follows on from the application's stint at VCAT, as City of Monash failed to decide upon...

K7 Developments look to push up Paisley Street

Development news from Footscray continues to flow at an increasing level. Maribyrnong Council is providing the wider public with a first look at a new mixed use development in the heart of Footscray. K7 Developments has enlisted Rothelowman to create a scheme for 72-76 Paisley Street, with the expectation that it will eventually accommodate a substantial and predominantly residential building. One block back from Barkly Street, 72-76 Paisley...

Three new projects step forward to further fill the student accommodation void

The inner city's sustained surge in student housing projects is poised to churn out three additional developments, all of which are currently navigating through planning. As demand for inner city apartments has waned, student accommodation proponents have seized the opportunity to add further key sites across inner northern suburbs to their respective portfolios. As the frenzied sale (and sale prices) of prospective development sites has cooled...

A green thumb's loss the developer's gain

The humble nursery continues to provide developers with sizeable redevelopment opportunities across Melbourne. Latest to the public eye is the former Going, Going Green nursery within Hawthorn which has been christened Sierra. The apartment development on the corner at Burwood Road and Drill Street is the latest release by expanding Doncaster East-based developer JD Group. Having secured the site reportedly for $30 million, JD Group have created...

When a box simply won't do: dual eye-popping South Melbourne designs emerge

At a time when the majority of Melbourne's commercial buildings in development are best describes as 'boxy', South Melbourne may well be in for two intriguing commercial buildings, should the respective planning applications receive the green light. On the corner of Moray and York Streets,134 Moray Street is an angular, almost aggressive gesture to its otherwise mundane surrounds. Hayball are the design force behind the commercial project,...

Profiling OpenCorp's Eastside Village development

On the occasion of OpenCorp's launch of their Eastside Village apartment development, Urban Melbourne recently spoke with the group's Director Allister Lewison regarding the design merits of the Hawthorn East project. Teaming with architects Rothelowman and interior designer Fiona Lynch, Eastside Village has been put forward as an apartment development designed to cater for the particular market in which it finds itself in. According to Allister...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, October 19, 2017 - 12:00
Gravity Tower, the first tower to start construction, top out and reach completion with residents now calling it home has been completed in the Montague precinct in Fishermans Bend. Developed by Blue Earth Group, designed by Plus Architecture and constructed by Hamilton Marino builders, Gravity Tower is well and truly a tower of the pre-Andrews government planning regime.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 12:00
Spring Street on Sunday unveiled its package of rental reforms that will see a variety of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). The state government has branded the reforms 'Rent Fair Victoria' and set up a website outlining the changes.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

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Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 05:00
City of Melbourne intentions for a reimagined University Square are now available for viewing. The significant piece of public space at 190-192 Pelham Street is in line to receive a total makeover, bringing the green landscape into a 21st century.