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Early works package contract signed for Melbourne Metro and other national rail news

John Holland has secured a $324 million contract to undertake the early works package on the Melbourne Metro project . In a media release distributed this morning, the Premier said "Next year, the face of our City will change as we dig 11 storeys below the CBD, and pave the way for Melbourne's new Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations." The early works contract will involve the relocation and protection of up to 100 utilities, including...

Landmark poll of apartment dwellers' views revealed

In what is billed as a first, Urban Taskforce Australia has released the results of a poll it commissioned specifically targeting the views of apartment dwellers in the city it calls home, Sydney. The timing of the poll could not be more pertinent with New South Wales heading to the polls at the end of March and perhaps more importantly with a "Battlelines" Prime Minister in the Lodge, the message from the poll is that people who choose urban...

Rothelowman's expansion plans pay dividend

Architecture practice Rothelowman has capped an impressive year by scooping a number of prestigious awards recently. Earlier this month the firm was announced as Consultancy of the Year by UDIA Victoria, in addition to collecting the UDIA Awards for Excellence in both Victoria and Queensland. The Victorian acknowledgement covers a commendation for Medium Density Development via their Lex Apartments design in South Yarra, as well the Award for...

Observing the current Melbourne-Sydney development dynamic

There has been a concerted media push recently to stoke the Melbourne versus Sydney rivalry, in light of Melbourne's booming apartment sector. All in all these articles have been written well and are quite informative, with a pinch of 'Yeah we're better than you' from either side for good measure. The Age provided an overview of Melbourne's 22 towers beyond 200 metres (add 334-344 City Road to the list) while also suggesting Sydney had a serious...

Metro Trains Melbourne to operate Sydney's North West Rail Link

The Sydney Morning Herald reported yesterday that the Baird Government in New South Wales has selected Metro Trains Melbourne - the consortium made up of MTR Corporation, John Holland and UGL which operates and maintains the entire Melbourne metropolitan network - to operate the North West Rail Link . The North West Rail Link project consists of twin 15 kilometre tunnels and four kilometres of elevated track from Epping on the city's main...

EcoDenCity for Sydney, following in the footsteps of Vancouver

Read Editor Alastair Taylor's blog post on the parallels that can be drawn on the EcoDenCity initiative in Sydney and the Planning Zone reforms currently underway in Victoria here . A new initiative by Urban Taskforce Australia seeks to address the issues in housing Sydney's diverse and growing communities. Named EcoDenCity, it echoes many aspects of the approach Vancouver took in the last decade to address its growth. In June 2006, the then...

The Melbourne versus Sydney debate isn't boring: it's useful

Annie Stevens, writing in Fairfax's Daily Life, wrote a piece last Friday (3/5/13) titled "Melbourne versus Sydney debate is boring" and went on to highlight how it's the stereotypes which fuel this debate to the point of boredom. I agree - however to come straight to my point: if we didn't have this boring and mundane debate, we'd have no competition between the cities - not a good outcome! When cities and their respective citizens, business...
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Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

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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Transport & Design

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00
When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.