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Spencer Street

The evolution of Spencer Street

During my early years of studying architecture, I would often wander down to Spencer Street and watch what was once known as Spencer Street Station being transformed into what would be known as Southern Cross Station. It can be argued that the station's redevelopment along with the ongoing construction down at the docks was the catalyst for the Spencer Street's evolution over the last decade, with every indication that it will stretch well into...

Past 2 Present: a snapshot of Melbourne's history

Such a simple idea that provides such an incisive look at Melbourne's history. Today's article is a shout-out to the increasing popular Past 2 Present which provides an impressive glimpse into Melbourne's past by comparing it to the present. Covering metropolitan Melbourne, Past 2 Present generates a side by side compilation of dated and current images from the past two centuries. Buildings, significant places, infrastructure and day to day...
Ritz Carlton Melbourne. © Far East Consortium

Puttin' on the Ritz at West Side Place

A number of media outlets have reported in recent days that hotel operator Ritz-Carlton has signed on for Far East Consortium 's West Side Place development on the former Age site on Spencer Street. The 250 room hotel will be located on the top 15 floors of the Cottee Parker-designed 79-storey tower opposite Far East's current multi-tower project Upper West Side. The Ritz-Carlton will boast hotel facilities and amenities such as a bar, high-end...
Proposed Quad tower development @ 7-23 Spencer Street. © Elenberg Fraser

Planning Application > 7-23 Spencer Street, Melbourne

A few weeks ago Urban Melbourne briefly touched on the proposed redevelopment of the former Congress Centre; today we focus on the site master plan. Prepared by Elenberg Fraser on behalf of joint venture clients, the master plan provides an overarching framework for the development of the 4,500sqm site. All in all four tapering crystalline residential towers ranging in height from 20-29 storeys sitting atop two 4-storey podiums. The proposal...
7-23 Spencer Street Development Plan. © Elenberg Fraser

An unconventional opportunity for 7-23 Spencer Street

With the first details of Asset1's four-tower residential development appearing in recent weeks and demolition of the former Convention Centre underway, it seems the perfect time to consider some opportunities the site presents. I primarily have stronger pedestrian connections to the Yarra in mind. The recently submitted planning application for 7-23 Spencer Street sees 1,321 square metres of retail space across two podiums, yet the development...

Far East Consortium's massive 250 Spencer Street design unveiled?

Media circles last week reported that Melbourne CBD's tallest tower (to date) had received planning approval. With news of the revised planning application first broken by Urban Melbourne during November last year, recent reporting of approval for 250 Spencer Street relates to the site masterplan. In effect, approval for an overarching development envelope rather than the final design. Indeed approval has been given for four towers of between...

371 Spencer Street finds no favour with City of Melbourne

Proponents of a high-rise development located at 371 Spencer Street, West Melbourne will pin their hopes on State Government approval following City of Melbourne once more indicating they will reject the dual tower scheme. Melbourne-based Bennelong Group via subsidiary Bennelong Value Funds Pty Ltd have pushed for approval since early 2012 for the 749 apartment project. Amended plans put forward earlier in 2014 featuring shortened towers and...

The Dawn of a New Age... and Melbourne's new tallest building?

Just when you thought you had seen it all, along comes a scheme of epic proportions relative to anything previously seen in Melbourne; it simply leaves you gobsmacked! Following on from their successful Upper West Side multi-tower project on the former Lonsdale Street Power Station site, developer Far East Consortium has once again engaged Cottee Parker . The architecture firm has recently lodged an Application for Modification to Master Plan...
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Development & Planning

Thursday, June 22, 2017 - 12:00
First covered on Urban Melbourne just a tick over 3 years ago, Golden Age Group's Victoria One has achieved a significant milestone with head contractor Probuild topping out the core at a height of 271m AHD and in the process claiming the title of the tallest structure in the Melbourne CBD.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 12:00
Two important stories which traverse both transport and housing topic areas were highlighted on Urban Melbourne this week. The news that the medium and high-density components of Williams Landing will ramp up highlight what some might gloss over but what I think is the correct 'order' of doing things: the rail station is built first, developers then piggyback off the new infrastructure second.

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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Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.