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Student accommodation

Four significant projects receive the NOD

The period between local Council elections and year's end looks likely to throw up further key planning approvals, in light of four significant towers that are all but approved. A Notice of Decision (NOD) has been issued for each of the projects during November, all but assuring they will gain final approval within weeks. Each planning application has been covered by Urban Melbourne over the course of the last year, with the quartet split...

City of Melbourne approves six major projects

With little fanfare, six notable planning applications have been given the OK via City of Melbourne over recent weeks. From mid July through to last week, one after the other are now free to proceed at the whim of the developer. And for three of the six a start to construction is precisely what is at the forefront of the developer's thinking. The most recent approval is that of 269-271 Spring Street, otherwise known as the new home of Australian...

City North's latest entrant a metal monolith

The brisk rate of development immediately north of Melbourne's CBD has received another boost by way of a freshly submitted planning application for a sleek metal-clad tower fronting Haymarket roundabout. City North as it's known is realising the aims of the 2012 City North Structure Plan, rapidly becoming a mid-rise extension of Melbourne's CBD. 1 Flemington Road now looks to become a more prominent member of this emerging skyline with plans...

Urbanest adds another tower to the student accommodation surge

With an already impressive list of recently completed and upcoming projects, Melbourne's student accommodation sector looks set to receive another Urbanest location with the operator sizing up a prime Carlton corner site. A $61 million proposal has been lodged with City of Melbourne during April that would see a new tower containing 628 student beds at 599-605 Swanston Street. Rising behind a retained heritage facade, the proposal adds to the...

Melbourne's development march claims another victim

Melbourne Heritage Action is less than impressed that a proposed student accommodation tower located at 42-50 La Trobe Street has been given the nod by City of Melbourne councillors, further eroding the limited heritage value that this particular stretch of La Trobe Street has managed to cling to. Indeed, City of Melbourne resolved to issue a Notice of Decision to Grant Permit last Thursday evening for the project. In its most recent form which...

Redevelopment continues at pace within City North

Developers continue to see the appeal of landing their projects directly north of Melbourne's CBD. Following the 2012 City North Structure Plan which paved the way for intense redevelopment surrounding the Elizabeth Street/Flemington Road spine bounded by Carlton and North Melbourne, there's been a steady flow of projects with more set to follow. Put quite simply, "City North displays strong characteristics of a Central City environment, with a...

Blue Sky's ambitious student accommodation project: 42-50 La Trobe Street

Brisbane-based asset manager Blue Sky is behind a proposed tower that would see near on 800 additional student beds added to the Melbourne sector. Lodged with DELWP only last week, the proposal calls for a 47 level bronze tower, replacing dual historic buildings onsite in the process. Both existing structures are not subject to heritage controls and are slated for demolition. Blue Sky's expected entry into the Melbourne student housing market...

Exploring the expected new benchmark for student living

It may not be the first high-rise student accommodation project within the CBD but it shapes as the most prominent. While the first to do so was Urbanest La Trobe Street which received its final touches earlier this year, Scape Student Living expect 393 Swanston Street to create a new benchmark within the sector. In light of a recent Urban Melbourne article highlighting the near on 6,000 student beds currently in development , it's an apt point...

An overview of Melbourne's student accommodation projects

Near on 6,000 new beds for tertiary students are currently in development throughout Melbourne. While there are numerous small-scale buildings also on the radar, the 6,000 figure stems from larger developments championed either directly by the education providers or independent accommodation providers. Traditionally ultra-high in density and repetitive in their interior/exterior presentation, existing student accommodation buildings to date have...

Development & Planning

Friday, January 20, 2017 - 00:00
A rush of planning applications either side of the festive break are cumulatively seeking to add to South Melbourne's robust development scene, with four major apartment projects lodged. City of Port Phillip will now assess the respective merits of the fresh applications, along with a handful of other noteworthy towers already at planning that when combined, would provide the popular suburb with thousands of new apartments.

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

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).