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Better Apartments at the Australian Smart Skyscraper Summit 2017

In light of the recent release of the Victorian State Government’s Better Apartments Design Standards, architects, designers, builders and the industry as a whole will look to reconfigure apartment design, in order to conform to new government regulations. Among changes to standards, the guidelines dictate that apartments will have to provide for daylight access, outlook and privacy through building setbacks. A functional layout will see the...

Lachlan Thompson discusses 525 High Street's success

Developer Goldfields, is celebrating the sell-out success of its Prahran East project, 525 High Street which has exceeded a residential value of $45 million in just a matter of weeks, after initially achieving 50% sales in just over a week. Covered on Urban Melbourne last year , the 7-storey building designed by JCB Architects and featuring 46 boutique residences has proven particularly popular with a mix of downsizers, empty-nesters, and...

Property industry leaders reflect upon 2016 and outline expectations for 2017

After a year where many observers predicted a many great outcomes, particular regarding Melbourne's apartment market, leading sales agent Marshall White Projects posed a question to some of the property industry's leading figures; “where to from here?”. Looking to the year ahead, the below offer their insights into the market, reflections on the months that have led up to this point and commentary on what we can expect from 2017 Marshall White...

Optimised traffic in high-rise through intelligent vertical transportation

As high-rise buildings continue to be designed at taller heights than ever before, skyscraper design must grapple with the efficiency, safety and sustainability of vertical transport systems. To address these challenges, new technologies are emerging and redefining the tall tower construction landscape with improved state-of-the-art vertical transportation solutions. Vertical transportation technologies present a major revolutionising force in...

Things to look out for in 2017

As we approach mid-February and the Christmas break begins to feel like a distant memory, it’s time to start thinking about what 2017 has in store for the planning world. There’s plenty in the pipeline to get our heads around so to help you keep up to date here’s a summary of just a few of the things to look out for. BETTER APARTMENT DESIGN STANDARDS (BADS) The highly anticipated BADS were released in their entirety in December 2017 (read our...

Up not out: apartment living is not a compromise

There have been a number of regulatory and policy changes of late affecting the future of development in Victoria. After extensive community consultation, Infrastructure Victoria has released its 30 Year Infrastructure Strategy. The strategy includes proposals to increase housing density to make better use of existing infrastructure and to address the mismatch between job and population growth (which, according to Infrastructure Victoria, is a...

Kerren McNamara: is it really all doom and gloom for settlements?

There has, of late, been no shortage of articles which appear to claim impending doom and gloom of Melbourne’s apartment and townhouse property market. The media asserts that the current state of the market will cast a shadow over or even flat-out prevent the successful settlement of Melbourne’s apartment developments. Reports are appearing daily. The RBA recently announced there is a risk of settlement failure because banks could value...

Renders: how to get the best out of your supplier

Rendering is a bit of an arcane skill - it’s a niche area of expertise which requires an in-depth understanding of very specific set of software as well as a broad understanding of architecture, interior design, styling, image composition and photography. It takes many years to master, and is crucial for the success for most off-the-plan marketing campaigns. Renders can actually be thought of as a form of photography - photography in which the...

Fishermans Bend – A best practice project for Melbourne's future

As someone who has spent much of his career in residential development, collaborating with leading architects and designers to create unique living spaces, there is no doubt in my mind that Fishermans Bend is the single most important urban renewal project of our generation. With population forecasts suggesting Melbourne will grow by roughly 95,000 people annually for the next 35 years - at the end of which we will almost double in size to 7.7...

Hayball's Eugene Chieng discusses the rise of Box Hill

Population and employment growth is propelling Box Hill to become its own mini city. In addition to bustling retail, restaurants, health and education facilities, Box Hill also sports the busiest transport hub in Melbourne’s east with more than 20,000 train commuters a day. Add the 13,000 jobs on the go and a population set to increase by 26 percent in the next 5 years , and Box Hill is being eyed off by developers and home buyers alike. With...

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Development & Planning

Wednesday, October 18, 2017 - 05:00
409 St Kilda Road is being positioned as Melbourne's most elite address. In a recent media blitz, Devitt Property Group unveiled their intentions for the prime site which currently houses an exhausted-looking 14 level office building. In its place will rise a similarly-sized residential building that Devitt Property Group expect will become Melbourne's most prestigious address on Melbourne's most recognisable boulevard.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, October 9, 2017 - 12:00
Spring Street on Sunday unveiled its package of rental reforms that will see a variety of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act (1997). The state government has branded the reforms 'Rent Fair Victoria' and set up a website outlining the changes.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.

Transport & Design

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 12:00
Comment Upon reading about Newmark Capital's intention to redevelop South Yarra's Jam Factory, my first thought was 'gee South Yarra station's going to be busy'. Busier than it currently is in peaks, mind you. The headline numbers are quite impressive: an end-value of $1.25 billion and 100,000 square metres of mixed-use space.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 10, 2017 - 05:00
City of Melbourne intentions for a reimagined University Square are now available for viewing. The significant piece of public space at 190-192 Pelham Street is in line to receive a total makeover, bringing the green landscape into a 21st century.