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Urban Development & Design

Docklands construction update June 2017 (with 3D)

With a number of significant projects wrapping up construction within Docklands and the end of the financial year imminent, the half way point of 2017 seems like a good time to take a closer look a the state of affairs within Docklands. Probuild and Hickory have all but wrapped up external construction on their respective builds Marina Tower and Banksia along the NewQuay promenade with just the internal fit-outs to be completed. Their completion...

Yarra One finally strikes a blow for Forrest Hill's urban realm

South Yarra’s latest development is about to strike a blow for excellent and inclusive urban realm design...and not before time. As far back as 2014 and 2015 , Urban Melbourne has highlighted the runaway success of South Yarra's Forrest Hill urban renewal precinct. Unfortunately though as skyscrapers sprouted throughout the precinct, the ground plane and its importance to the success of the overall development was in essence lost. Scant few...

Reservoir enters the fray with The Plenty Residences

A litmus test beckons for Reservoir as the suburb's largest apartment release becomes reality. The Plenty Residences at 830 Plenty Road has progressed to marketing, with the release of the first stage of the project's 347 dwellings across the site which sits atop the Summerhill Village Precinct. Reservoir's largest apartment development, The Plenty Residences represents what developer JLF Property Group hopes is the end game for the site which...

Mandarin Oriental to open its first hotel & residence property in Australia

The Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new hotel and branded residences to be located in the late Dame Zaha Hadid-designed 582-606 (600) Collins Street. Planning permits were signed off by the Minister on the 20th of June. The building will include 196 guestrooms and suites over the lower floors and the upper floors will be known as the Residences at Mandarin Oriental. The Mandarin Oriental Hotel group will...

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...

Vote for your favourite project in the BDAV 2017 People’s Choice Award

Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is currently showcasing the cream of the state's design crop by way of the 22nd BDAV Building Design Awards. The public now has a chance to vote for their favourite building over the course of the last year, with 35 entrants vying for differing category awards. Each project is intended to highlight Victoria’s best residential, interior, sustainable, heritage conservation and non-residential...

Ivanhoe's latest apartment proposal provides a grand public gesture

John Demos Architects have conceived a new apartment building with the expectation that the project be an appropriate design gesture for a key Ivanhoe infill site. Vacant for many years, 40 Upper Heidelberg Road was in the past subject to a smaller apartment development that failed to materialise. The current project team led by developer SB&G Group have sought a reinvigorated and much larger apartment project for the triangular gateway site...

Victoria One's core tops out - becomes CBD's tallest structure

First covered on Urban Melbourne just a tick over 3 years ago, Golden Age Group's Victoria One has achieved a significant milestone with head contractor Probuild topping out the core at a height of 271m AHD and in the process claiming the title of the tallest structure in the Melbourne CBD. According to Probuild the the core’s last concrete pour occurred at the tower on Saturday 17 June, well ahead of schedule The view from the top. Image:...

S P Setia lands 111-125 A'Beckett Street as offshore media reports Sapphire is all but sold out

Over the course of the last week, Malaysian developer S P Setia has landed two telling blows in Melbourne's apartment market, further enhancing its stature locally. Malaysian publication The Edge Markets has in recent days reported that the developer has secured 111-125 A’Beckett Street for a price of $61 million. Complete with permit for an Elenberg Fraser-designed apartment tower spanning 200 plus metres, the A'Beckett Street plot of 1,714sqm...

K7 Developments look to push up Paisley Street

Development news from Footscray continues to flow at an increasing level. Maribyrnong Council is providing the wider public with a first look at a new mixed use development in the heart of Footscray. K7 Developments has enlisted Rothelowman to create a scheme for 72-76 Paisley Street, with the expectation that it will eventually accommodate a substantial and predominantly residential building. One block back from Barkly Street, 72-76 Paisley...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 00:00
With a number of significant projects wrapping up construction within Docklands and the end of the financial year imminent, the half way point of 2017 seems like a good time to take a closer look a the state of affairs within Docklands.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Thursday, June 29, 2017 - 12:00
Wendy Stone , Swinburne University of Technology ; Margaret Reynolds , Swinburne University of Technology , and Terry Burke , Swinburne University of Technology The great Australia dream of owning your own home is still alive despite the various problems plaguing housing affordability, new Census data shows.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 07:00
Once again Melbourne has turned it on for the spectacular cultural juggernaut that is White Night. A crowd of around 600,000 took part in the all night festival of projections, performances, artworks and installations. Stealing the show again this year was the extraordinary projections upon the Royal Exhibition Building.

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Transport & Design

Wednesday, June 28, 2017 - 12:00
South Yarra’s latest development is about to strike a blow for excellent and inclusive urban realm design...and not before time. As far back as 2014 and 2015 , Urban Melbourne has highlighted the runaway success of South Yarra's Forrest Hill urban renewal precinct.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 12:00
Two of City of Melbourne's key urban design initiatives are in the starters gates, with Lord Major Robert Doyle yesterday providing further information on the pair. As of next month, the long-awaited upgrade to the southern end of Elizabeth Street will begin.