Planning articles

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

Ending the year on a high

2016 looks set to end on a high (quite literally) with plans finally being unveiled for a mixed-use development at 308 Exhibition St comprising twin towers of 70-storeys. Developed by SP Setia and designed by COX in collaboration with Fender Katsalidis, the project is set to feature 504 hotel rooms and 16 hotel residences, 500

Some surprises from the Planning Minister

The month of October saw a few surprise approvals from within the department of Planning Minister Richard Wynne, with the most notable being that of Fragrance Group’s 555 Collins St proposal.  Singaporean outfit Fragrance Group has managed to gain approval for a 147m residential tower at 555 Collins St which would comprise 625 apartments and

CBD North Tower

Reaching for the sky in City North

Entering the month of October, Melbourne is in the unprecedented position of now having a seventh tower spanning at least 200 metres at construction. Carlton United Brewery site fronting Swanston and Bouverie streets has remained dormant since its closure during 1987. In that period a variety of proposals have filtered through for the prime site,

32-44 Flinders Street

By Laurence Dragomir  Following last month’s approval of a number of significant buildings within the CBD, another can be added to the list with the formal approval of a Dexus-owned, SJB-designed, twin-tower at 32-44 Flinders St.  Rising 56-storeys and 11-storeys for total heights of 181m and 44m respectively, the approval comes after a significant reduction

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