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Tick of approval for new skyscrapers

Tick of approval for new skyscrapers

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne A couple of skyscrapers which have been at planning for the better part of three years were recently approved via different channels. The first project at 63 Exhibition St was last month granted a permit by the Minister for Planning for a Bates Smart-designed mixed-use tower. When the project came

Market and State Library lead the way

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne October brings with it warmer (hopefully) and longer days along with an update on some key projects happening within the city. Starting with the Queen Victoria Market where the City of Melbourne has voted to pursue a revised design proposal for the below ground operational area at the western end of

It’s all about Metro Tunnel

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne The biggest planning news to occur during an otherwise quiet month in Melbourne was the announcement that the Cross Yarra Partnership was the successful bidder for the Tunnel and Stations availability-based, private-public partnership (PPP) contract. The city-changing project will create 5000 jobs during the construction of five new underground stations

Green light for Vic Market

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne The planning controls that deal with the upgrade of the Queen Victoria Market have now been approved by Planning Minister Richard Wynne. The City of Melbourne will now need to work within a framework that places a mandatory height control of 125 metres on the “Munro” site, which the council

Approval for twin tower

By Laurence Dragomir, Urban Melbourne Last month SP Setia announced it had entered into a partnership with Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts for its twin tower development at 308 Exhibition St.  It was formally approved by Planning Minister Richard Wynne following earlier support from the City of Melbourne. Located opposite Melbourne’s World Heritage-listed Carlton Gardens, the Cox

Lots of activity in the CBD

The last month has seen a lot of development activity. VCAT has decided in favour of Brady Group’s 30-storey building at 274-278 Little Lonsdale St replacing the historic Phillips Shirts building. Originally planned as a 59-storey residential tower, it has been redesigned to minimise its visual impact and bulk while covering a blank concrete wall in

Here comes Paragon

The Celtic Club’s development at 316-320 Queen St looks poised to proceed as “Paragon”, with developer Beulah International seeking to capitalise on an existing planning permit approved under previous planning controls. To say this development has been a point of contention for many is an understatement. The development has had to clear a number of hurdles

Munro site plans revealed

Last month, the City of Melbourne finally revealed their plans for the former Munro site, to be developed by PDG Corporation into a mixed-use development comprising a 58-storey Bates Smart-designed tower of 308 dwellings and a 300-room hotel, after the developer was awarded the rights to develop the site on CoM’s behalf.  The Munro site represents the first stage

Steady progress in the planning world

The last month hasn’t been the most active from a planning perspective, however there is still a considerable amount of construction activity in the city and further to come once the Melbourne Metro Rail Project and Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal programs begin to ramp up. The Breathe Architecture-designed Market Garden Pavilion is currently at

City-changing projects getting underway

Looking forward to the year ahead, a number of works are set to get underway which will enable a couple of significant city changing projects to proceed.  Already streets and spaces are beginning to be closed off as contractor John Holland commences enabling works and site preparation for the multi-billion dollar Melbourne Metro project. A’Beckett

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