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Deakin Burwood's new student accommodation building embraces the space

Student accommodation and design prowess don't necessarily go hand in hand, in fact many of Melbourne's dated student accommodation buildings are an affront to the senses. Generally very repetitive in every aspect of their design, very few cut through and resonate with a sense of design nous. One such project that does deserve its moment in the sun is Deakin University's freshly completed Burwood student accommodation project sited on Uganda...

Hayball discuss the evolution of Melbourne's student housing sector

In light of the boom in student accommodation projects, Urban Melbourne recently took the opportunity to chat with Hayball duo Marcus Ieraci and Tom Gilbert. As senior members of the Southbank-based design practice, both are heavily involved in Hayball's numerous student accommodation endeavours, and are all to happy to outline where the sector has come from in Melbourne, and more importantly, what lies ahead. As a point of reference Hayball has...

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...

The student living drive churns out an additional tower, but provides no luck for another

Another week and another student accommodation tower enters the Urban Melbourne Project Database. Following on from a string of fresh projects seeking their place in the expanding sector, GSA Australia's intentions for a Queensberry Street plot are the latest to be unveiled. 198-208 Queensberry Street is GSA Australia's third current student housing project, after 205-233 Pelham Street and 684-688 Elizabeth Street . The work of DKO Architecture...

Inter-war and student to the core: another whopping student accommodation project unveiled

A heritage listed building on an otherwise vacant Bouverie Street site is set to host one of Melbourne's larger student accommodation projects, falling under the UniLodge Bouverie St banner. Across 123-135 Bouverie Street, dual towers are proposed that would add a further 596 rooms to the Melbourne market. Nettleton Tribe are the design force behind the proposal, with institutional investor Cedar Pacific backing the development. The Art Deco...

Atira hits Melbourne as further student accommodation projects line up

The local student accommodation market has a new provider as Blue Sky Private Real Estate and joint venture partner Goldman Sachs ramp up their Melbourne presence. Months after being formed, Atira Student Living has hit the ground running in Melbourne. Already active across the Brisbane market, Atira is planning a further 4,600 beds split between Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Of the 4,600 beds, a healthy proportion will be based in...

Three Melbourne projects indicative of the times

The well documented surge in apartments within the CBD over recent years looks to be dissuading developers from the inner city residential apartment sector. Whilst the masses of apartments roaring toward completion have taken the steam out of the apartment market, hotel and student accommodation projects have, in the interim, attracted a proportionately larger slice of the planning pie. City of Melbourne are handling three prime examples, all of...

GSA Group go again; adds to the crush of student accommodation projects

The rampant growth in Melbourne's student housing sector will likely gain extra impetus, with international operator GSA Group lining up a second inner city development. With their initial Melbourne foray reaching an important construction marker over the last week, GSA Australia will now look to develop a pre-approved site at 684-688 Elizabeth Street. City of Melbourne had previously granted approval for a 19 storey, SJB Architects-designed...

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...

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...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 12:00
Crema Group is the driving force behind the purchase of 8 Palmerston Crescent, South Melbourne which was successfully sold by Colliers earlier this year. Perhaps better known as home to Pink Palace, the 908sqm island site has gone to planning with the expectation of another high-rise for this burgeoning pocket of South Melbourne.

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.