Urbis quantifies the apartment shift to Melbourne's middle and outer suburbs

Property consultants Urbis in their latest Melbourne Apartment Essentials report have provided hard data affirming what many at the coal face of Melbourne's apartment industry have known for some time; apartments have well and truly established themselves in Melbourne middle and outer ring suburbs. What wasn't known was the degree to which apartment living has taken root in traditionally detached housing areas. According to Urbis, the March 2017...

Epworth Eastern rises to match Box Hill's booming population's needs

Epworth Eastern is seeking to add another tower to Box Hill's burgeoning skyline. Whilst previous additions to Epworth's Box Hill location spanning back to 2003 have been sprawling low-rise builds, the health provider is in the midst of seeking approval for a 62m Silver Thomas Hanley-designed tower that would underpin its future operations onsite and cater for the immediate area's booming population. The expansion of the Hospital is required in...

Key sticking points hammered out as ISPT seeks approval for its Spring Street tower

The development team behind one of Melbourne's most recent commercial tower applications has had right of reply to City of Melbourne's varied concerns regarding their proposal located at 267-271 Spring Street. Property fund manager and developer ISPT has Australian Unity pencilled in as the prospective project's tenant, with John Wardle Architects handed the task of creating the modern edifice above the current low-rise heritage buildings onsite...

Urbis research shows apartments to remain a key driver of Melbourne’s growth

Interdisciplinary consulting firm Urbis has released its latest figures on the state of Melbourne's apartment sector, providing both an overview of what transpired during the latter part of 2015, while also pointing toward prevailing trends for the remainder of 2016. According to Urbis, Melbourne's off-the-plan apartment activity continued to gain momentum throughout 2015, despite a number of factors designed to bridle growth such as tightening...

Malaysia's Mitraland looks to enter the Melbourne apartment market

Malaysian-based Mitraland Group has flagged its intention to enter the Melbourne apartment sector with plans currently on display with City of Stonnington for a 20 level residential tower within South Yarra's Forrest Hill Precinct. Lodged with council during December 2014, the Fender Katsalidis-designed tower is nominated to have an end value of approximately $50 million. Long earmarked unsuccessfully for development and surrounded by larger...

Planning application: 295-309 King Street, Melbourne

Constantin Brancusi's Bird in Space , Alvar Aalto's Savoy Vase and the iridescent nature of a bubble which captures the reflection and refraction of light waves via its surface. Not the first thoughts that come to mind for the average reader contemplating the design impetus behind Plus Architecture's scheme for 295-309 King Street, Melbourne. Nonetheless they have been listed as major influences upon what may become one of Melbourne's tallest...

Development & Planning

Friday, March 23, 2018 - 12:00
As indicated in Urban Melbourne's article on commercial development , site works have commenced on the Two Melbourne Quarter site, which forms part of the greater Melbourne Quarter development being delivered by Lendlease within the Docklands precinct. This has coincided with Lendlease securing EnergyAustralia as the anchor tenant for Two Melbourne Quarter and signing a development agreement to commence construction in earnest.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Sunday, March 11, 2018 - 13:00
The Victorian Government has announced it will ban the use of aluminium cladding panels that have a polyethylene core of more than 30% and expanded polystyrene will also be banned on buildings with 3 or more levels. The changes were announced by the Planning Minister, Richard Wynne, on Saturday morning along with new guidelines for building surveyors.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Sustainability & Environment