Urban Industry

On site with Wulff Projects (Part 01) : Newry Street Richmond

Urban Melbourne was recently fortunate enough to go onsite at a number of Wulff Project developments currently under construction. One such project is a townhouse development previously covered on Urban Melbourne called Newry Street. Located on the corner of Newry and Canterbury Streets, in Richmond, the project is progressing well with an expected completion date of around mid-year. Making its mark on Newry Street The boutique development...

Beller Group's New Commercial Director Jeremy Gruzewski on 2018's commercial prospects

Real Estate Agency Beller recently appointed Jeremy Gruzewski as a Director, bringing with him 11 years of experience and knowledge as National Director Metro Market Auction and Investment Services at the highly respected Colliers International. Now part of the Beller Commercial team, Gruzewski sees market opportunity for developers who are now looking at commercial office developments due to the cooling of the inner-city residential market...

HomesVic launched, applications open Monday 19th of February

The State Government has today launched its HomesVic scheme which was foreshadowed back in March 2017 and is designed to make it easier for those eligible to buy their first home with a 5% deposit. The pilot scheme will see the state government taking a proportional beneficial interest of up to 25 percent in eligible applicant's properties. The pilot is being financed with a $50 million fund announced last year. While the scheme has been...

Creating active, healthy and fulfilled communities

The idea that the built environment plays a role in shaping people's’ physical and mental health is not new, however, it is only recently that it has become a key consideration for urban development. Increasingly, research is linking characteristics of the places we live with major health and wellbeing implications. Recent research from RMIT linked lack of trees, gardens and green spaces with temperature increases of up to 10 degrees in some...

Q+A with Pace's new development manager Georgia Willis

Pace Development Group has been busy in recent weeks with the appointment of Georgia Willis as its new Development Manager, while also launching its Pace of Abbotsford apartment development. The 133-apartment building designed by SJB Architects at 247 Johnston Street will be anchored by the retained art deco façade of Saint Crispin House, drawing on the architecture of the heritage fabric with light coloured materials employed as a backdrop for...

Demystifying placemaking

Placemaking is a somewhat tenuous term. It’s often thrown around by design consultants as a catch-all term for good urban design, but what is placemaking, really? What commercial and social value does it actually provide? Put simply, placemaking takes a people-focused approach to urban design. It involves the creation of places where people want to live, work and visit. Places that easily attract residents, employers, workers and visitors boast...

Keeping Up the Pace with Shane Wilkinson

Pace Development Group, has recently outbid a number of other developers in acquiring two development sites in Melbourne’s North West, including a five-hectare former quarry site in Sunshine North for $34 million, which is set to become Pace’s first premium townhouse project. Director Shane Wilkinson says the Sunshine project will deliver townhouses on the Maribyrnong River's edge and presents an exciting opportunity to develop activated,...

Looking past the bricks and mortar to create vibrant communities

In my first column for Urban Melbourne I discussed the importance of looking beyond the bricks and mortar to consider the actual people who will live and work within your development. That is, figuring out how to provide what people really need to live healthy and fulfilling lives. The ability to consider outcomes that are more difficult to measure than cost per square metre and yield, and to leverage them for commercial and social benefit is...

Enzo Raimondo talks about Melbourne's rental market

Enzo Raimondo was kind enough to conduct a far-reaching chat with Urban Melbourne recently. Currently the Chief Executive Officer of view.com.au, Enzo's previous positions included a stint at Real Estate Institute of South Australia and 16 years as the Chief Executive of the Real Estate Institute of Victoria. With this wealth of experience under his belt, Enzo Raimondo's knowledge of the hot topic that is rental affordability is equal to any in...

Home ownership continues to be tough - Landchecker makes sure you get it right

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With reports being released that the dream of homeownership is no longer a reality for many Australians - Landchecker is here to help. The report by the Committee for Economic Development of Australia states that the current planning restrictions and inconsistencies are contributing to the housing affordability problems we face. The report stated that housing affordability is likely to be an issue for the next 40 years and the unfortunate...

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Development & Planning

Friday, February 23, 2018 - 12:00
Construction works will once more resonate within the walls of Pentridge, as developer Shayher Group begins the next stage of the precinct's transformation. Builder Crema Constructions has further diversified away from their typical apartment-based program, now taking on the job of delivering Pentridge Coburg's retail hub building.

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.