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Urban Development & Design

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...

A commercial mini city beckons as Melbourne's southeast flourishes

City of Monash planners have recommended that Singapore-backed Frasers Property Australia along with project partner Commercial & Industrial Property (CIP) be allowed to proceed with a multi-staged commercial development that would become one of suburban Melbourne's largest. Subject to a raft of conditions, the proposal which includes in excess of 60,000sqm of commercial office space is poised to account for a vacant site at 254-294...

H Developments launches The Argyle on Johnston

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Melbourne property group H Developments' next premium project The Argyle is set to launch in Abbotsford’s up and coming Johnston Street precinct. One of several new projects contributing to the revitalisation of this well located retail strip, The Argyle is H Developments first collaboration with Fieldwork Architects, with the cutting edge building set to make a striking statement. With architecture and interiors designed to suit the semi...

The state of construction in Melbourne - mid April 2017

With over three hundred projects on our database currently under construction, there's a lot of cranes, pits, core boxes and new facades appearing all over the city. Here is a selection images posted originally on the forum by Urban Melbourne users and staff. Under each image is a link back to the forum thread where the image was originally posted - and there's plenty more images to view in each thread. Hendrix - Brunswick Image by Zicojapan,...

35 Spring Street becomes one of Melbourne's premier apartment developments

35 Spring Street has been anointed as one of Melbourne's elite high density residential projects. Developer Cbus Property is rightfully making note of the project's completion, with Planning Minister Richard Wynne recently officially opening the $350 million development. The project has drawn inspiration from equivalent park-front projects in New York, and holds views over Treasury Gardens that can never be built out. Inside are 241 one, two and...

Malaysia's EFT weighs into the local market with a stake in Melbourne Square

One of Melbourne's largest developments in waiting has been given a boost with Malaysia's Employees' Provident Fund (EPF) officially taking a 49% stake in Melbourne Square. The largest sovereign pension fund in Malaysia and the investors behind London's Battersea Power Station redevelopment have taken the stake as developer OSK Property ramps up sales for the project. EPF's stake in the Kavanagh Street, Southbank amounts to $154 million. With...

West Melbourne latest application adds to the suburb's development appeal

West Melbourne's increasing rate of densification will in time subsume another substantial site, with the expansive Rose Furniture building spanning 512-544 Spencer Street earmarked for redevelopment. Latest to capitalise on the area's march toward high density living are project partners Abacus Property Group, Lechte Corporation and Crema Constructions. 512-544 Spencer Street is the third current Melbourne apartment development for the team...

Coincidences and curiosity - Q+A with John Wardle and Stefan Mee (Part 2)

John Wardle Architects has cemented itself as a significant cultural force in Melbourne’s architecture scene. In this the second half of the discussion with John Wardle and Stefan Mee, the conversation turns to the bigger picture issues facing our city and the architecture profession. To start from the beginning of the discussion click here MS – As a Melbourne-based architecture practice, how do you critique the trajectory of our city? What are...

Paragon caps Beulah International's healthy Melbourne development portfolio

The Celtic Club's development is poised to proceed under the moniker Paragon, as developer Beulah International moves to capitalise upon the development permit granted under previous planning regulations. At 316-320 Queen Street, the site's development history has been far from mundane, with project approval but one of the hurdles involved in realising the residential tower. As far back as 2013, inner club wranglings had the deal to develop the...

Coincidences and curiosity – Q+A with John Wardle and Stefan Mee (Part 1)

The architecture of John Wardle Architects (JWA) is quite literally world class. Rich and contextual, their work is a strong contributor to architecture both in Melbourne and beyond. Last year JWA released their second book ‘This Building Likes Me’ which was quickly followed up with an exhibition entitled ‘Coincidences’. Recently I caught up with John Wardle and Stefan Mee, to discuss their practice, their projects and where they see...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, April 26, 2017 - 07:00
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.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, April 21, 2017 - 00:00
Richard Tomlinson , University of Melbourne In the first article reviewing The Conversation’s many articles on housing issues, the commentary about fiscal and supply-side issues was consistent. The same is not true for affordable housing due to the diversity of affordability issues.

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, April 19, 2017 - 07:00
35 Spring Street has been anointed as one of Melbourne's elite high density residential projects. Developer Cbus Property is rightfully making note of the project's completion, with Planning Minister Richard Wynne recently officially opening the $350 million development. The project has drawn inspiration from equivalent park-front projects in New York, and holds views over Treasury Gardens that can never be built out.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, March 14, 2017 - 13:00
Victoria Walks, a walking promotion charity supported by VicHeath, is leading a crowdsourcing initiative that is supported by the State Government and 14 councils. The campaign aims to collect and analyse opinions on walking right across the Melbourne metropolitan area. The authorities are asking people to indicate their walking safety concerns through an interactive online map on CrowdSpot's platform.