Urban Industry

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...

58 Southbank Boulevard: The making of the 3D render

When The Graphical Thread was asked to produce 3D marketing imagery for CBRE’s latest project, my first thought was how are we going to make this building shine in one of Melbourne’s densest city blocks. Flagship at 58 Southbank Boulevard, sometimes referred to as 118 City Road, is located close to Eureka Tower and the under construction Australia 108 building. Not to mention the approved One Queensbridge, a Crown Casino 6 star luxury hotel...

Architectural visualisation: an art, not a science

While the rise of architectural visualisation technology may seem like a recent phenomenon, there is nothing new about visual communication in architecture. Illustration has always been a critical part of the design process, from testing of ideas in early stages to the presentation of resolved concepts to showcase the shared vision. The tools of the trade may have evolved, but the basic intentions remain consistent. New technologies have...

The value in a collaborative approach to urban development

I have observed over the years, that the urban development process is often very siloed with a very conscious effort made to limit inputs from outside the developer’s core team. This may be seen as commercially and operationally astute and necessary to prevent budget, planning approval and program blow outs. However, in an increasingly networked society and business world, successful and innovative developments are more often borne out of...

Real Time Market Data: Property Utopia For Buyers & Sellers

The development industry inhales information and produces relentless analysis on both the buying and selling side in order to find the elusive utopian deal based on research. Research is reactive; why base your largest lifetime purchase or your company balance sheet on what happened down the road six months ago? Increasingly purchasers are more informed than the consultants providing the information, and the purchaser feedback is not always...

Reconsidering the project vision to create better quality outcomes for all

Established suburbs such as St Kilda, Fitzroy and Williamstown, that we love to live in and visit, have evolved over a very long period of time. They have grown organically to develop the character, identity and sense of community that we see today. While I fully appreciate this, and I’m aware that a sense of community cannot be manufactured, I believe that we can be more proactive about ‘seeding’ the community connections that contribute to...

Seconds to Midnight or Happy Days at 9pm? Where we are on the development market clock

Property clocks have been in existence for some time, explaining when a market is going up, in decline, or about to turn the corner. I think the idea started with the Doomsday clock which predicted when the world would end due to nuclear war. It worked like this: Leading up to 6.00pm – Happy days, pool parties, lots of comments like “I love what you have done with your hair” At 6.00pm – deciding you really don’t like the other country, see...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, April 19, 2018 - 12:00
The City of Melbourne's Boyd Park concept plan is a step closer to being realised with Melbourne City Council via its Future (Planning) Committee forum, endorsing the scheme and resolving to issue a Planning Permit.

Transport & Design

MCG redevelopment, Jolimont railyards, Fed Square East, Jolimont rail corridor deck
Friday, April 20, 2018 - 00:00
A topic which rears its head at least once a year is the decking of the Jolimont railyards as a means of providing a stronger connection between the Melbourne CBD and the Yarra River, while adding to the city's open space network.