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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...

Development & Planning

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 08:00
Ballarat's station precinct is set to be transformed, following last week's announcement that the Pellicano Group has been awarded the rights to develop a new conference centre and hotel facility.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 31, 2016 - 09:00
The New Urban Agenda was officially adopted in Quito, Ecuador in the last plenary of the Habitat III conference. The agenda provides a 20-year “roadmap” to guide sustainable urban development globally. The text of the New Urban Agenda itself was agreed well before Habitat III at the UN General Assembly in September, during an extraordinary informal negotiation session that lasted for more than 30 hours.

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

Thursday, December 8, 2016 - 12:00
Melbourne’s tram network may hold the key to providing the dense network of high frequency rapid transport that would provide world class connectivity in the inner-city and CBD. Melbourne and New York are very different cities. Drawing too close a parallel between any two cities can be a folly; however New York and Melbourne share some near similarities where it counts.

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).