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Things are heating up

By Laurence Dragomir With the scent of spring well and truly in the air and the promise of summer just around the corner, things are heating up on the construction and development front. SP Setia’s 62-storey, $565 million development mixed-use development at 308 Exhibition St has officially started construction with a ground-breaking ceremony held on-site to

A big month in construction

By Laurence Drogomir It has been a big month on the construction front, with a number of projects achieving key milestones across the CBD. ISPT Property and Brookfield’s office development at 405 Bourke St officially started construction, with the pouring of the raft slab by builder Multiplex. The 39-storey steel-framed tower is due to be

Artist’s impressions of 17 Spring Street and the Bennetts Lane hotel.

A look at three CBD projects

By Laurence Dragomir In an otherwise-slow news month on the planning front, we take a look at three projects at various stages of their development cycles.  That’s not to say Melbourne has ground to a halt, far from it, with the CBD’s northern and western ends a flurry with construction activity. First up, developer Aust

Smooth sailing for CBD development

By Laurence Dragomir July has been a relatively quiet month within the Melbourne CBD from a planning and development perspective aside from projects already under construction. Work is set to commence on GPT’s substantial overhaul of the lobby of its Melbourne Central Tower. Designed by COX Architecture, the $35 million upgrade would re-instate the corner of Elizabeth and

Heritage issues in the spotlight

By Laurence Dragomir Earlier this year, the City of Melbourne received an application for a development at 124-130 Russell St which would see the existing Theosophical Society building make way for a 13-storey hotel above two basement levels. The existing structure dates back to 1923 but was marketed during 2017 as having no heritage protection. Beyond the

Bold proposal for the city’s tallest

The Royal Society of Victoria has floated a bold proposal for what would become Melbourne’s tallest skyscraper on one of the city’s smallest land plots. Dubbed “Magic”, the tower would extend to a height of 330m, surpassing Eureka Tower at 297m and the approved, but yet to be built, 1 Queensbridge at 323m. Decibel Architecture has

A new identity for the Walk Arcade 

By Laurence Dragomir The long mooted redevelopment of the Walk Arcade looks to finally be progressing following the submission of an application  to DELWP on February 9 for “alterations, additions (including partial demolition) to existing buildings for the purposes of retail premises, residential hotel and gym”.  Located in the heart of the city in the Bourke

Trouble brewing up north

By Laurence Dragomir The City of Melbourne’s Future Melbourne Committee met for its first meeting on February 6 to consider, amongst other things, UK-based student accommodation provider Scape’s plans for a student accommodation tower on the former Carlton United Brewery site. The proposal failed to receive the support of City of Melbourne’s planners and urban

Permit sought for Munro site tower

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne Welcome to 2018 and what promises to be another big year for planning and construction within the City of Melbourne.  With construction having only just started to kick into gear following the construction shutdown over the holiday period the focus of today’s column will be two controversial projects bookending the

Another big year for CBD planning

By Lawrence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne What was initially a relatively quiet beginning to 2017 is fast drawing to a close with progress being made on a flurry of projects. Charter Hall’s $600 million Wesley Place project at 130 Lonsdale St is now underway with ground works signalling the commencement of construction on the premium grade

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