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What's driving Melbourne's development site sales frenzy?

Traverse the inner city and you may notice a plethora of properties with 'For Sale' placarded over their frontage. The rise of Asian property developers in the Melbourne market has led to an unprecedented number of development sites offered for sale, with their owners expecting heightened returns as local and offshore developers jostle for premier pieces of real estate. Market conditions are currently very receptive to new residential projects...

Welcome to new Industry Hub members - June

During the month of June we welcomed the addition of three new Industry Hub members. Communications Collective Communications Collective is a leading public relations, corporate communications and event management agency, offering expert consultancy to the property industry. We deliver strategic, focused and creative campaigns that connect, inform, motivate and inspire. Communications Collective has been working in the Australian property...

Five of the best current development sites

The Melbourne property merry-go-round is in full swing with a plethora of development sites currently on offer. Insatiable Asian-backed development firms are providing stiff competition for local property firms as some prime pieces of Melbourne real estate are offered and dually snapped up. Here are but five of the best on offer, some of which include approved development schemes. 1 Ascot Vale Road, Flemington Formerly known as Equinox...

The Urban Melbourne Industry Hub is born

Chances are that 25% of everyone who reads this article will belong to or take an active part in what we deem to be a part of the Urban Industry - property developers, architects, planners, engineers, development managers, financiers, analysts and creatives. Today we are launching a new section of Urban Melbourne where we aim to concentrate industry focused news, analysis and opinion as well as allow interested organisations to carve out their...

PrefabAUS announces inaugural conference dates

PrefabAUS, the peak body for Australia's off-site construction industry, has announced the dates for its inaugural conference. To be held at Rydges Swanston Street on the 11th through to 13th of August, the 150 delegate event will feature an influential line-up of national and international speakers and cover all approaches to off-site construction, from commercial to residential and across all key infrastructure sectors including health and...

Going, going... development sites almost gone?

The weather may be cooling off, but residential development sites remain hot commodities throughout greater Melbourne. With an increasing gaggle of overseas investors and developers looking to muscle in on the local apartment market in particular, competition for prime residential development sites remains high. Here's a rundown of the current crop of premier development sites on the market. 274-278 Little Lonsdale Street, Melbourne A slice of...

Re-launch of the Building Leadership Simulation Centre

Last month Urban Melbourne attended the re-launch of the Building Leadership Simulation Centre (BLSC) - a state-of-the-art 'simulation learning' centre for the local construction industry. One of only three facilities worldwide, the BLSC opened during 2012 and had its primary learning environment based on a building site in Birmingham, UK. Now however, the BLSC has been uniquely "Australianised" with a Melbourne construction site - currently...

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Development & Planning

Monday, January 23, 2017 - 00:00
Prominent builder Hickory Group has added a third Melbourne project that will utilise the Hickory Building System (HBS). A proponent of prefabricated construction methods, Hickory Group's latest HBS-driven project will be Brisbane outfit Blue Sky Funds' 42-50 La Trobe Street.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 00:00
On 2 January 2017, it was reported that several popular eateries and bars in Footscray had been vandalised, including the perennially successful 8 Bit Burgers on Droop Street, and Up In Smoke on Hopkins Street. 8 Bit had the warm new year's welcome gift of 14 smashed windows and the words “F**k off hipster scum” spray-painted on their entrance.

Visual Melbourne

Wednesday, August 31, 2016 - 17:00
Melbourne’s architectural landscape is a wonderful juxtaposition of modern and Victorian architecture. Although the CBD has been peppered with many skyscrapers, its historical structures have won Melbourne the title of “Australia’s most European city”.

Transport & Design

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).