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Heritage issues in the spotlight

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

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

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