West Melbourne

West Melbourne's latest tower on show

Not a week after Urban Melbourne noted the submission of a tower for a vacant corner West Melbourne block, plans for the project have been revealed. What is shown is practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke's definitive foray into high-rise apartment design. Proponent City Gate Pty Ltd is backing plans for a 20-storey development for 404-418 Spencer Street, a site immediately south of the recently finished Spencer Melbourne which is double the height of the...

West Melbourne in line for two additional projects

Two fresh planning applications have emerged for West Melbourne, increasing the suburb's push toward higher density living. Most recent to enter planning is 164-184 Roden Street, a site that is not unfamiliar to Urban Melbourne. The 3,637 square metre site initially went to planning during mid 2016 for developer Oliver Hume, with Jackson Clements Burrows Architects handling the project's design. Picked up by Oliver Hume during late 2014, the...

Marriott International scopes a new West Melbourne address

Hospitality company Marriott International is moving closer to securing a new West Melbourne hotel presence. Developer Ousia Properties Pty Ltd submitted during December revised plans for its development site at 50-56 Batman Street, with "the proposed amendments generally required due to the specific design and operational needs of the future hotel operator (The Marriott), which has only been confirmed recently following the grant of the permit...

Auburn Land Group enters the West Melbourne apartment market

A developer new to the Urban Melbourne Project Database is seeking a berth within the bustling West Melbourne apartment scene. 137-157 Adderley Street as a tri-fronted 1,606sqm site headed to planning during May on behalf of Auburn Land Group. Surrounded by a variety of other current apartment developments, the Adderley Street land holding sits between North Melbourne railway station and the area's most high profile mixed-use development, West...

Is this the end of the West Melbourne skyscraper?

To be fair, there isn't a particularly large number of genuine skyscrapers planned for West Melbourne, yet should a new structure plan for 3003 be ratified, the likes of 420 Spencer Street seen below will be the exceptions and not the norm. The West Melbourne Structure Plan (WMSP) last night went before the Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee at City of Melbourne with the intent of seeking endorsement prior to a period of community and...

Hecker Guthrie discusses West End's latest building: The Spencer

Trenerry Property has unveiled 'The Spencer', the latest of four apartment buildings within its boutique West End development: a future-ready mixed-use development and self-sufficient community located on a former brownfield site in West Melbourne. According to Trenerry Property West End will transform the 9200sqm former Australia Post site into a vibrant, connected hub for living, playing, staying and working. The Spencer is located on the...

PDG Corporation usher in its next wave of apartment projects

Local developer PDG Corporation is in the process of replenishing its development pipeline, with two apartment projects currently at planning. The two new residential projects are located in two heavily influential suburbs in terms of apartment activity, namely West Melbourne and Brunswick. These two have hit advertising with their respective councils at a time when PDG Corporation's two current apartment projects are nearing construction...

Melbourne Village to become West Melbourne's next big apartment project

Asian Pacific Group is preparing to move ahead with West Melbourne's largest residential project. Partnered by Ironfish Developments, the duo are behind Melbourne Village, with signage for the project appearing onsite in recent days. At 83-113 Batman Street, Asian Pacific Group's purchase of the site a year ago came with planning approval for a Bruce Henderson Architects-designed 522-apartment scheme. Covering 3,800-square metre plot and with a...

Spacious and Hayball team up to create two new residential projects

Cremorne-based Spacious Property Group have teamed with Hayball to create the developer's next two apartment projects. Pending approval, St Kilda and West Melbourne will house the respective mid-rise projects, adding to Spacious Property Group's sole current Melbourne project located opposite Blackburn Station. The St Kilda project involves a 2,110sqm site at 54-60 St Kilda Road which the developer secured at the turn of the year for a reported...

Two key planning policies set to reshape West Melbourne

West Melbourne continues to evolve with the suburb subject to a steady flow of new developments, as evidenced by the roughly 3,000 apartments in development and currently noted within Urban Melbourne's Project Database. With the boom in high density and high rise projects looming large over the suburb, City of Melbourne have gone about enacting two separate pieces of policy in order to better manage and facilitate the rapid change that is...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 12:00
It's been a long journey since Urban Melbourne first went live in March 2013 with a few hundred projects - project database now tops 1500 published projects. With the published database now totaling 1500 projects, there have been a further 500 projects since we launched that have progressed through the development pipeline.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

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

Wednesday, February 21, 2018 - 07:01
As part of its $88 million redevelopment, the State Library of Victoria (SLV) is providing Victorian apprentices, trainees and cadets with the opportunity to help with its transformation as part of its Vision 2020. The expansive project will create additional space for public use, restore and reopen the Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, and reinstate the historic Russell Street entrance.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.