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Richard Gu on the refined intentions of AXF Group

Urban Melbourne recently spoke with AXF Group Managing Director Richard Gu regarding all things property, and the future intent of the now well established Melbourne-based developer. Created during 2005 (with the help of Shanghai-based parent company Xiangfu), AXF Group first cut its teeth in the apartment sector with a medium-density complex located at 18-26 Bell Street, Heidelberg. While the Heidelberg project was completed during 2010, the...
Harwyn Pod. © Harwyns

Harwyn's designer pods for creation and recreation

Urban Melbourne recently had a chat with Harwyn Managing Director Jason Fremder about their prefabricated studio pods and the company's ambitions and aspirations for the future. Laurence Dragomir: What were some of the driving factors in the development of the Harwyn pods? What made you decide there was a niche or gap in the market? Jason Fremder: I came to the conclusion that there was a need for a compact professional space combined with...

Hickory expands its Brooklyn manufacturing site

The Hickory Group announced plans to expand its Brooklyn manufacturing site to ramp up production of its popular modular Sync Bathroom Pods by 200%. Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews, Minister for Employment Jacinta Allan and Footscray MLA Marsha Thomson were on hand for the announcement which is set to create a further 100 jobs. Financial support and facilitation for the expansion of Hickory Group's operations in Brooklyn was provided through...

Buyer sentiment: What the market is telling us

2015 has kicked off with an abundance of off the plan apartment enquiry on Apartment Register , across Melbourne’s inner city suburbs. Following our article on overseas buyer demand drivers , we thought it best to comment on the local market enquiry year to date. Apartment Register’s 400 enquiry sample has been 90% local owner-occupier, comprised of first home buyer (FHB) and first time off the plan buyers; the remaining 10% is local and...

My Real Estate Mate: Overseas buyers and the allure of Australia

“Fresh air and fresh produce” was the response from the managing director of a major Mainland Chinese company who enquired on Apartment Register this week when I asked him “what was the main driving motivational factor to apply for and gain residency in Australia over Canada or USA?”. Can it be that simple? Yes, it can. Overseas purchasers of property in Australia is not a recent phenomenon. We are the country of choice for many, the origination...
Fieldwork/Assemble Studio, Northcote. © Fieldwork

Up-and-comers: Fieldwork + Assemble in the spotlight

With the constant negative media focus on high-rise projects and the poor design of some apartments I thought it an opportune time to focus on a practice working at a smaller scale and with an impressive growing body of work: Fieldwork . A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to meet with Fieldwork and Assemble Directors Ben Keck and Quino Holland at their studio in Northcote, to discuss their ever expanding portfolio and design philosophies. I...

Interview with Toby Lauchlan from ClarkeHopkinsClarke

Urban Melbourne recently caught up with ClarkeHopkinsClarke Partner Toby Lauchlan to discuss their Pica development in Richmond which forms part of their growing body of work. Pica Richmond Aerial. © ClarkeHopkinsClarke Laurence Dragomir: Can you provide us with a brief overview of Pica's internal specs including apartment sizes, finishes and what differentiates the development from a buyer's perspective? Toby Lauchlan: We started Pica back in...

My Real Estate Mate summer reading series: Buying off the plan - the finished product

As crazy as it sounds, settling a new off the plan apartment requires you to be even more organised then when you purchased. It is an exciting time and you are well on your way to reap the advantages of apartment ownership, such as: Freedom and flexibility. Predictability and stability. Accumulating capital and equity. A quick recap: you have picked your apartment out with Apartment Register, signed the contract of sale and paid your 10% deposit...

My Real Estate Mate summer reading series: Buying off the plan: the nitty gritty

Calculator ready! In our third instalment of Apartment Register’s Summer Reading Series we will identify key investor considerations. You will often hear the term ‘vacancy rate’ which is a calculation based on tenanted dwelling within an area and is used as a tool to determine rental demand. A 3% vacancy rate is the point at which a market is set to be evenly balance between landlords and renters, that is equilibrium. Calculating an off the plan...

Hayball enters the ranks of the World Architecture top 100 for 2015

Urban Melbourne spoke with Hayball Managing Director Tom Jordan upon the practice's recent entry into the World Architecture top 100 . While exploring the factors which led to this achievement, various other topics such as current projects and future aspirations were discussed during an interview with Laurence Dragomir. LD: The World Architecture 100 is based on data gathered via survey, ranking the biggest practices globally. What is your/the...

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Development & Planning

Thursday, November 23, 2017 - 00:00
The City of Melbourne earlier this week agreed to provide conditional support for MAB Corporation's NewQuay West Development Plan via its Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee. The revised development plan prepared by DKO Architecture and Aspect Studios was driven by the development of the Ron Barassi Senior Park which necessitated a revisiting of the precinct layout and urban structure.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

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

Tuesday, November 21, 2017 - 12:00
Earlier this month the State Government announced a new station between Rockbank and Melton would be built at Toolern. The announcement is one of many which are slowly creating a picture of how an electrified metro line between Sunshine and Melton will look.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.