Jam Factory redevelopment piles on the pressure to upgrade Caulfield Station

Comment Upon reading about Newmark Capital's intention to redevelop South Yarra's Jam Factory, my first thought was 'gee South Yarra station's going to be busy'. Busier than it currently is in peaks, mind you. The headline numbers are quite impressive: an end-value of $1.25 billion and 100,000 square metres of mixed-use space. 50,000 square metres will be new office space with floorplates up to 4,000sqm spread across 4 office towers up to 15...

Croydon station and how its relationship with the local area might change

It is not on the state government's list of 50 level crossings to be removed, however, the Coolstore Road level crossing in Croydon is nevertheless subject to some interesting preliminary conceptual work. In August 2016 Maroondah City Council appropriated $40,000 and engaged consultants to look into the possibilities for the Croydon town centre and the report on the outcomes of the preliminary findings was presented by Peter Marshall from K2...

Autonomous vehicles: the golden opportunity to right the wrongs of our auto-centric cities

The opening monologue in the ABC's Catalyst - Sit back, relax; The dawn of the driverless car - sets an intriguing tone for the 53 minute episode. The motor car has shrunk the world, increased personal freedom and in so many ways expanded our horizons. But there's a flipside, cars have damaged our environment, poisoned the air we breathe and killed us in far more straightforward ways. The episode highlights the 5- 6 levels used to describe...

Stuck in traffic: we need a smarter approach to congestion than building more roads

Marion Terrill , Grattan Institute and Hugh Batrouney , Grattan Institute The equation doesn’t look pretty. Traffic congestion costs us billions of dollars each year – so we are told – and population growth is not letting up. When road rage meets large economic costs, it’s little wonder our politicians are desperate to do something. The trouble is, too often that “something” is a great big new freeway. Building more roads isn’t the best answer...

Level Crossing Removals steaming through Spring school holidays

A few weeks ago the Road and Public Transport ministers announced another construction blitz for the Spring School holiday period with many disruptions to both public transport and freeway networks foreshadowed. Most of the disruptions on the rail network are due to works occurring on the multiple level crossing removal sites around the metro area. Like last time, if you are one who likes losing yourself in construction photos, I highly...

As Victoria's population soars, will large planning and transport initiatives keep pace?

The Australian Bureau of Statistics released its most recent tranche of estimated resident population data yesterday and once again it sees Victoria well out in front on both raw numbers and percentage growth. The estimated resident population in Victoria at the end of the March quarter this year was 6,290,700 representing a change of 149,400 or 2.4% growth since the same time in the previous year. As other media outlets have noted , you need to...

Tullamarine hits a new passenger milestone

Melbourne Airport has hit a new passenger milestone with its August 2017 passenger data confirming 10 million passengers had been clocked through the international terminal over the previous 12 months. For the first time in the airport’s 47-year history, 10 million international passengers passed through the doors in a rolling 12-month period. That’s a five-fold increase since privatisation in 1997. The airport’s latest passenger data revealed...

Winners of tender to power Melbourne's tram network with renewable energy announced

The Victorian Government has announced the winning bidders in the tender to power Melbourne's tram network by renewable energy. At the same time, the Victorian Government has announced plans to legislate the Victorian Renewable Energy Target (VRET) ensuring that by 2020, 25% of Victoria's energy will come from renewable sources and the target rises to 40% by 2025. The winning tenders to power Melbourne's tram network with renewable energy were...

The case for West Gate Tunnel looking wobbly in light of Port Rail shuttle return

Comment It was looking flakey already but now with the announcement over the weekend that the on-again, off-again rail port shuttles are back on the agenda, the West Gate Tunnel project has gone beyond barely scraping through the sniff test to stinking to high heaven. The West Gate Tunnel Project was a market-led proposal from Transurban that would see new segmented lanes on the West Gate Freeway from the Western Ring Road interchange leading...

This is how regional rail can help ease our big cities' commuter crush

Michael Buxton , RMIT University In Sydney and Melbourne, the squeeze is on. Population is booming; house prices are still rising; roads and trains are congested. Australian governments generally have ignored the benefits of relating metropolitan and regional planning. However, some state governments are now investigating more integrated sectoral and spatial planning strategies, initially through shifting public sector jobs to regional centres...



Development & Planning

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 00:00
The City of Melbourne earlier this week agreed to provide conditional support for MAB Corporation's NewQuay West Development Plan via its Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee. The revised development plan prepared by DKO Architecture and Aspect Studios was driven by the development of the Ron Barassi Senior Park which necessitated a revisiting of the precinct layout and urban structure.

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.


Transport & Design

Friday, November 24, 2017 - 00:00
Leslie A. Martin , University of Melbourne and Sam Thornton , University of Melbourne Road congestion in large Australian cities is estimated to cost more than A$16 billion a year . Economists have long argued the best way to improve traffic flow is to charge drivers for their contribution to road congestion.

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.