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New towers take form

New towers take form

August has been one of the more quiet months in terms of planning applications in Melbourne, yet construction continues on a number of large scale apartment developments at a steady pace, with a concentration of buildings in the north CBD quadrant, centred in and around Elizabeth St, beginning to rise out of the ground. The

A big month in planning

By Laurence Dragomir Another month and another slew of planning applications have made their way on to Urban Melbourne’s radar – most notably 200m+ towers at 293-303 LaTrobe St and 350 Queen St. The Duke of Kent site at 293-303 LaTrobe St would become Figtree Holdings Limited’s first foray into Melbourne. Designed by DKO Architecture,

It’s all about apartments

By Laurence Dragomir This month’s column sees me taking over the reins from my Urban Melbourne compatriot, Alastair Taylor and so I thought it would be apt to pick up from where he left off last month. Debate amongst the industry and government regarding the Better Apartments discussion paper continues, with the Minister for Planning,

New tower design is more acceptable

Chief amongst planning news in the CBD in May was the unveiling of a new design for 212-222 LaTrobe St.  Originally lodged with planning authorities in 2011, the previous proposal consisted of two towers with a combined number of dwellings numbering 296 with 100 car parks, ground floor retail and 1800 sqm of commercial space.

Gathering speed

Alastair Taylor In mid-March it was announced that Kuala Lumpur-based developer UEM Sunrise had chosen Probuild as its preferred builder for Aurora Melbourne Central. The development will consist of 940 residential units, about 250 serviced apartments, a direct link to Melbourne Central Station and retail/office components through the podium levels. Speaking from Kuala Lumpur, UEM

Let’s talk about density

Alastair Taylor On Monday, February 9 the commercial broadcast media was all fired up with sensationalist headlines and shallow reporting on the release of a report which sought to “investigate planning policies that deliver positive social outcomes in hyper-dense, high-rise residential environments”. The report’s author, 2014 Churchill fellow Leanne Hodyl, is an urban designer at

Waiting to learn new rules

By Alastair Taylor It’s a new year, we have a new state government, an updated project database and potentially a new planning approval regime for the Capital City Zone which encompasses the CBD, Southbank, Docklands and Fishermans Bend. With the election of the Andrew’s Government at the end of November last year it’s understandable that

The rise and rise of the residential towers

By Alastair Taylor Headlining news within Melbourne’s CBD this month has been the approval of Aurora Melbourne Central.  The Elenberg Fraser-designed edifice encompasses 941 apartments and 208 services apartments over 92 levels will tower 271 metres above LaTrobe St. Developer UEM Sunrise has engaged Colliers to run its campaign with sales now available. A hop,

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