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One Queensbridge Street approved

It was announced by the Premier and Planning Minister this morning that One Queensbridge Street, Southbank - previously known as Queensbridge Tower - has been approved. A media release distributed this morning confirmed the project will maintain 388 hotel suites and 708 residential apartments across its 90 floors. The Government has also taken steps to ensure Crown Melbourne and the Schiavello Group give back to the state, with a $100 million...

Hickory Building System scores another major Melbourne skyscraper

Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street. In addition to residential projects La Trobe Tower and Collins House which have/will utilise HBS, 42-50 La Trobe Street is the first student accommodation project to do so...

Cbus Property boss Adrian Pozzo discusses Collins Arch

Cbus Property's announcement prior to Christmas that it had signed a third tenant for its $1 billion Collins Arch project takes the amount of floor area leased to 20,000sqm or just over 40%. Australian law firm Gadens has committed to 5,000sqm of space over levels 11-13, equating to just over 10 per cent of the 49,000 square meters available. Gadens will join fellow legal eagles King & Wood Mallesons and HWL Ebsworth within the tower...

Melbourne to host the Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit in March 2017

With the release of Infrastructure Victoria’s first ever 30-year infrastructure strategy, the state is set to discuss the draft’s proposed developments and projects before the review of the final strategy in parliament in late 2016. The blueprint aims to address areas in need of improvement including congestion and housing. It also seeks to provide infrastructure to increase Victorian’s access to essential services such as jobs and education in...

Three years on, Eq. Tower tops out

Almost three years to the day of Urban Melbourne covering Eq. Tower's planning application , ICD Property's 62-storey tower at 127-141 A'Beckett Street has held its topping out ceremony. The event held onsite yesterday coincided with the first round of residents settling on apartments within the Elenberg Fraser designed scraper. According to ICD, the build is on track with the balance of apartments due to settle in April 2017. Urban Melbourne...

Très Bien! Atelier Jean Nouvel/Architectus and Sterling Global on 383 La Trobe Street (part one)

The recent approval of Sterling Global 's mixed-use tower at 383 La Trobe Street adds to the influx of towers with international influence leaving their mark not only on Melbourne's skyline, but the city's streetscapes. The $700 million mixed-use tower, a collaboration between French design architect Ateliers Jean Nouvel and local Australian executive architect Architectus, has been designed with people at its core. One third of the site's...

SP Setia's northern statement: 308 Exhibition Street

The wider public now has a chance to see what developer SP Setia has in store for its prime development site on the northern edge of the CBD fronting Carlton Gardens. These are the first images made available of the proposed application that carries a nominal development cost of $250 million, with the total value of the project much higher. Having secured the site earlier in the year, SP Setia now hopes to gain approval for the twin towers which...

Little Lonsdale Street becomes a showcase of previous planning attitudes

A stretch of Little Lonsdale Street between Queen and Elizabeth is becoming a microcosm for various other pockets of the CBD and Southbank, in that is will be a showcase of previous planning attitudes. As a raft of new towers push through, the fundamental feel of this Little Lonsdale stretch is being altered to something very different. The crux of the issue was best described by Laurence Dragomir at the turn of 2015: The proposed development...

Super six: news breaks on six of Melbourne's more significant towers

The last week has provided news on a number of pending towers seeking their place in the skyline. Provided below is a summary covering six marquee projects, with each edging closer to reality. Fresh off Bates Smart's Instagram account is the first image for the reworked 555 Collins Street. First covered by Urban Melbourne earlier in the month , developer Fragrance Group has been granted approval to proceed with the tower which would hold up to...

Three years on, the new 351 Ingles Street is revealed

One of Fishermans Bend's very first planning applications continues its excruciatingly slow journey through the approvals process, with over three years having passed since its submission. Lodged during June 2013 on behalf of Belsize Nominees, 351-387 Ingles Street was at the time a hulking five-tower development encompassing near on 2,000 apartments, 1,509 car parking bays, 14,038sqm of office space, retail and public urban spaces. After a...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 - 06:00
Although applications for substantially tall apartment towers have eased over recent times within City of Stonnington, two current development applications across Prahran and South Yarra represent the next sling of smaller sized towers for the municipality. A 14 storey apartment building at 10-16 Cecil Place is being sought by Bensons Property Group.

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, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Thursday, February 23, 2017 - 00:00
Melbourne now has a second vertical school campus under construction. McCorkell Constructions is in charge of the build that will deliver a new integrated educational and communal facility on the corner of Highett and Gleadell Street, Richmond. Designed by Hayball, Richmond High School as it has been labelled will be built for 650 students, and has an overall value of $43 million.

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).