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Dipping into the public realm

By Laurence Dragomir  In a slight change of tack for the month of April (no, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke), rather than providing a snapshot of planning and development activity within the CBD, I thought I would instead focus on a particularly eye-catching public realm concept. This columnist was fortunate enough to be invited

Take a walk or look at these virtual updates

Take a walk around Melbourne’s Central Business District and you’ll notice it is a hive of construction activity.  Keep your eyes to the ground and you’ll notice excavation underway on the stations for the Melbourne Metro Tunnel or for the latest high-rise to grace the Melbourne skyline.  Tilt your head up and you’ll see a

Premium office space for CBD

As the industry slowly begins to crank up for a big 2019, one of the big news stories for the year actually broke in late 2018 just as we were all winding down for the holiday period. Just prior to Christmas, Cbus Property submitted an application for a 55-level office tower comprising approximately 64,500 sqm

Looking forward to 2019

By Laurence Dragomir As 2018 draws to a close and the construction industry takes a well-deserved breather over the Christmas New Year break, several projects look set to kick start in one form or another in 2019. First up is ISPT Property’s Vertical City Campus for Victoria University at 364-378 Little Lonsdale St. Having announced

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

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