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Landchecker online tool aims to revolutionise property market

An innovative online tool is aiming save time and money for people buying, selling, developing or renovating property. Landchecker is a property planning tool that helps real estate agents, property developers and home owners do their due diligence. On an interactive map, users can see what planning zones or overlays their property is under, and what rules apply to them. Launched this month by founders of dynamic Melbourne architecture agency...
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Discussing the future of the apartment market with Leonard Teplin

Sales and marketing agents Marshall White have shifted their focus to virtual reality as a selling tool due to shifting preferences and expectations from prospective buyers. Based upon recent project marketing experiences, younger generations heavy reliance upon the digital sphere has allowed Marshall White to sell out projects without a physical display suite. As sales agent for 308 Carlisle Street, Marshall White managed to sell all apartments...

ClarkeHopkinsClarke looks to the future

Les Clarke, the last of ClarkeHopkinsClarke’s three founding partners recently retired in his 56th year with the practice. Alongside David Hopkins and Jack Clarke, the trio founded Melbourne-based architecture practice ClarkeHopkinsClarke. With an early focus on residential and education projects, Les also designed several acclaimed homes, including the Housing Institute of Australia’s House of the Year in 1978. Today the practice’s work spans...

Melburnians flock to virtual reality and property marketers are taking notice

There is rising consumer appetite for virtual reality in Australia and property marketers are starting to pay attention. As of this writing, Google Trends has given Melbourne a score of 100 for ‘Regional Interest’ for the search-term “Virtual Reality”. What exactly does a score of 100 mean? Well, explaining Google Trends data can be a little tricky but a rank of 100 effectively means that proportionately, people in Melbourne are searching for “...
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Vote for Victoria's best in building design

The Building Designers Association of Victoria (BDAV) is inviting readers to vote for their favourite design project in its 21st BDAV Building Design Awards. The BDAV is an industry body which acts for building design professionals. It is a not-for-profit organisation, registered under the Victorian Associations Incorporation Act. It is managed by a committee of volunteers from amongst the membership, whose objective is to advance the profession...

A sensitive topic: development site flipping

With Melbourne driving 46 per cent of Australia’s apartment development, it’s a good time to be a developer in the world’s most liveable city. And in theory, it’s also a good time to be a purchaser as apartments flood the market, increasing stock and therefore theoretically driving down pricing. It’s the age-old story of supply versus demand. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, by 2020 Melbourne’s population will rise to five...

The prestige property tax: what it means and who it affects

Specialising in the very top end of luxury off-the-plan sales, Marshall White Projects experiences firsthand, the widespread and often unintended consequences that state and federal legislative and tax changes can have on Melbourne’s property market. Since the start of this financial year alone, we have witnessed an 80 percent rise in the popularity of prestige apartments in the $2m+ price bracket, with families and professional couples becoming...

Campus style developments: a new model for apartment living

The high land value and small footprint of development sites in inner-urban areas generally present an economic case for single, high-rise, multi-residential buildings with various amenities stacked on each floor. However, a number of major brownfield urban renewal areas have recently claimed much larger sites, ones that require an entirely different approach to the design and development of new communities. When presented with a large site that...

Profiling a success story: Talking BrandWorks with Eleena and Michael Tan

At Urban Melbourne we're often provided with opportunities to meet and speak with designers and creatives from various streams of the urban industry. One such chat occurred recently when I sat down with BrandWorks founders Eleena and Michael Tan. BrandWorks exists for the purpose of curating great ideas and people that will realise the vision of their clients, offering expertise in interior design, branding and retail strategy. MilkCow. Image...

C270: How will it affect development in Melbourne’s central city?

C270 is the amendment to the interim planning controls (C262) that landed like a bomb last year . For the most part, this amendment is a step in the right direction. However, there is one change that will have a profound impact on development viability: the Plot Ratio is now 18:1. If you own a site and were planning on lodging for a permit based on 24:1 plot ratio, you will be hit hard. Your yield will now be based on an 18:1 plot ratio unless...

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Development & Planning

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 12:00
Box Hill continues to rack up significant planning applications, with the eastern hub showing no sign of slowing in its skyward progression. Three significant proposals are in the works, potentially adding hundreds of new apartments to the Box Hill market, which has well and truly blossomed over recent years.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, February 28, 2017 - 07:00
It seems many of inner Melbourne's pubs are in trouble. Times have changed, but more specifically the core demographic, entertainment options and the city itself have changed. Long gone are the days where the corner pub was the staple (and in some cases the only) option of previous generations; Melbourne is now a 24 hour city with a multitude of entertainment options.

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.

Transport & Design

Monday, February 27, 2017 - 12:00
In a not-so-surprising move, the commencement of construction on the level crossing removals at Edithvale (Edithvale Road) and Bonbeach (Bondi Road) have been delayed by at least a year due to the Level Crossing Removal Authority determining an environmental effects statement (EES) must be conducted for the two sites.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, November 29, 2016 - 12:00
Timber mid-rise buildings are becoming the preferred choice for many stakeholders in Melbourne, due to a combination of factors, including cost-effectiveness, liveability, ease and efficiency of construction. Within the recent National Construction Code change, Deemed-To-Satisfy provisions allow mid-rise timber construction for buildings up to 25 metres “effective height” (typically, eight storeys).