Maribyrnong achieves a number of significant development milestones

Maribyrnong is increasingly taking some of Footscray's limelight in terms of development activity throughout Melbourne's western suburbs, which flows all the way to the creation of a new 5 star hotel. Edgewater Estate within Maribyrnong is clear to host the suburbs first high-end hotel. Late last year Council voted in favour of a new eight-storey hotel and apartment extension above the stalled Club Edgewater project at 31 Edgewater Boulevard...

Mont Albert's premier development site goes to market

Prospective buyers have the best part of February to secure a permitted development site on the edge of the Box Hill Activity Centre. Savills are marketing 813-823 Whitehorse Road under an EOI campaign closing Wednesday 28 February. At stake is an approved 994 square metre site with approval for a Bruce Henderson architects-designed apartment tower spanning 16 levels. Interestingly the site on the corner of Whitehorse Road and Elgar Road went...

Cbus Property seeks to sell part of 447 Collins Street

Cbus Property has appointed agent Savills to handle the sale of the hotel portion of their pending 447 Collins Street development. With the overall value of the urban renewal project tipped to exceed $1.25 billion, Cbus Property will look to capitalise upon the booming Melbourne hotel sector by offering the pre-purchase of a new 294 room 5 star luxury hotel which forms part of the overall development. The project has maintained a high degree of...

54-56 Clarke and 10 Moreland enter the already strong development site field

Earlier in the month Urban Melbourne highlighted the strong field of development sites currently on the market, with a slant toward suburban sites holding sway over inner city offerings. Developers gazes may well be swing back to the inner city with two prime sites offered in the interceding time, will full approvals in tow. 54-56 Clarke Street, Southbank Planning Minster of the day Matthew Guy labelled it "a revolutionary change for the way...

212-222 La Trobe Street: a story of chocolates and boiled lollies

One of Melbourne's longest running planning applications has found resolution after four years. Stymied by planning authorities owing to its poorly resolved design, 212-222 La Trobe Street's owners scored a win at VCAT during March, with the tribunal granting approval following the commission of Melbourne-based Jackson Clement Borrows to redesign the twin-towered scheme. It seems now that four years of time and expense on the proponents behalf...

Development & Planning

Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 07:45
Aged care provider Benetas is approaching an outcome for its Doncaster Road residential aged care and retirement village facility. Next week Manningham City Council will provide judgement on the development which in part reaches eight levels. Council internal planners are recommending that the application be supported, subject to conditions, but for the most the built form has been green lighted.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 13:00
The Victorian Government has announced it will ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene will also be banned on buildings with 3 or more levels. The changes were announced by the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, on Saturday morning along with new guidelines for building surveyors.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Monday, March 19, 2018 - 12:00
Works on the new purpose-built Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) headquarters were completed late last year. Now occupied, the 10-storey mixed-use complex at 535 Elizabeth Street was built by Multiplex and accommodates the organisation’s 165 staff within the 16,820 square metre building.

Sustainability & Environment