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#127

Some different renders of the approved Flinders Gate development - still awaiting a pre-commitment:

 

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Mark Baljak's picture
#128

i see they've rejigged the facade facing flinders - cleaner and more sympathetic

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Peter Maltezos's picture
#129

How it currently looks.

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#130

http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/property/ron-walkers-bid-to-lea...

Ron Walker's bid to lead city square's evolution
Sarah Danckert

>> EVOLVE Development is eyeing its first major mixed-use project, with the company founded by former Fairfax chairman Ron Walker and Ashley Williams already bedding down consortium partners to bid for the $680 million contract to expand Melbourne's Federation Square.

Federation Square East is one of the biggest government-backed projects in Melbourne's recent history. The project will turn Evolve into a company capable of taking on major public projects in much the same vein as builder-turned-major-developer Grocon.

>> Evolve has formed a consortium with Brookfield Multiplex and is supported by its main lender ANZ Bank in its bid for the Federation Square East project.

>> The project will see the rail yards extending to the east of Federation Square built over, with a park and retail pavilions and a sweeping canopy.

A great hall, a minor hall, a pedestrian bridge over the Yarra River and an underground carpark will also be added to the project dubbed Federation Square East.

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#131

There are a few big players going for this site. Be interesting to see who gets this one! I just hope that whatever gets built is sympathetic to the surrounds and builds on the architectural diversity of the city.

Observe. Design. Build. Live.

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#132

Have to say, I thought that the plans would drastically need to change to make this project stack up.

I would have thought that more emphasis on Commercial and/or residential space, whilst a limited amount of retail area should be added. An over emphasis on retail is the last thing it needs, as foot traffic is hardly going to be huge in that spot for most of the week.

The original plan just doesn't seem to have the right elements to make the project work, but we can only hope that gallery/museum space is kept in the plans to make it a tourist destination and build on Fed Squares benefits over the past decade.

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#133

'' with a park and retail pavillions and a sweeping canopy ''

yuwn....

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#134

COLONIAL First State Global Asset Management will bring 367 Collins Street to market in the largest offer of a Melbourne office tower this year.

The group's Direct Property Investment Fund will put its last remaining asset, Melbourne's 35-level Optus Centre, on the block in a move that could see it reap $220 million.

The capital markets and international teams of Colliers International and CBRE have been appointed. The offer comes in the wake of bids closing on CLSA Capital's portfolio, which includes 485 La Trobe Street, and few other assets are available in the city.
CFS to sell tower

The A-grade office building in the heart of Collins Street is a landmark in the financial district.

It spans a net lettable area of 38,600sqm and tenants in the 32 levels of office space include Optus, Sportsbet, Karoon Gas and Colliers.

DPIF paid $98m for the tower in October 1996. It was built in 1972, refurbished in the 1990s and upgraded in the last two years, but has never gone to open market.
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The building has weighted average lease to expiry of about four years and the sale is tipped to provide further evidence that capitalisation rates on top-tier office towers in Melbourne's CBD are firming.

Half stakes in 8 Exhibition Street traded separately on firm 6.5 per cent cap rates and the new police super complex sold on an even tighter level.

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#135

emporium structure now complete

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#136

I hope they're not going to just leave the facade like that. It would just look wrong and incomplete.

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#137

OMG, i thought it was only the top 3 levels that was going to have a false back, thats ^^ 4, and yes it does look incomplete..

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#138

^^ WHAT A JOKE! no

Reminds me of the Woolworths in Smith Street:

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#139

^^ Emporium finished by late March next year

Office market posts strong performance
August 21, 2013

Melbourne's office investment market has posted its strongest performance in a decade, with more than $1.55 billion of CBD assets changing hands in the last financial year.

The soaring value of transactions - up 134 per cent in 12 months - has come on the back of five recent deals worth more than $1 billion for 567 Collins Street, 90 Collins Street, 8 Exhibition Street and 313 La Trobe Street.

Research from Savills Australia also shows that trusts and funds have become the dominant buyers in the CBD market, accounting for 66 per cent of purchases compared to just 38 per cent in financial year 2011-12.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/office-market-posts-strong-performance...

New-look HQ has all bases covered
August 21, 2013

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>> Aurecon, an international company with 7000 staff worldwide, recently moved its Melbourne headquarters. Its former premises, an early 1970s building accommodating 650 staff at Albert Road, South Melbourne, wasn't meeting the company's needs. Staff were on different floors, which were relatively small at 950 square metres

>> A vacant site, at 850 Collins Street, Docklands, developed by Lend Lease, became available. Aurecon was able to customise the development, including generous floor areas, together with operable windows.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/newlook-hq-has-all-bases-covered-20130...

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#140

^^ The ceiling in that pic above just looks terrible. no

Like something from the mid 1970s.

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#141

AFR

Pixel building sold to entrepreneur

Mercedes Ruehl

Melbourne’s famed ultra-green Pixel building could win even more sustainability and environmental awards after being bought by entrepreneur and inventor Eral Aykutyan.

Grocon’s Pixel building went up for sale in April and, with its 6 Star Green Star rating, is one of the most sustainable office buildings in Australia. It has won dozens of architectural and environmental awards.

A 6 Star Green Star rating is the highest, and denotes the building as a “world leader”.

Mr Aykutyan, owner of Design-com Technologies, bought the building for $6 million in July.

Design-com provides technologies and equipment for buildings.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#142

RMIT's Design Archives haven for the creative
August 28, 2013

Stephen Crafti

A restricted palette of materials has been used for the building, including galvanised steel and concrete. Photo: Earl Carter

The Design Hub at RMIT University scooped the Australian Institute of Architects (Victorian Chapter) Awards this year. Designed by Sean Godsell Architects in association with Peddle Thorp Architects, this landmark building in Victoria Parade, received a swag of awards, the Victorian Architecture Medal, the William Wardell Award for Public Architecture and a Colorbond Award.

While these accolades are well deserved, the smaller of the two buildings that make up this precinct, the Design Archives, forms part of this award-winning complex and is equally heroic.

Read more: http://www.theage.com.au/business/rmits-design-archives-haven-for-the-cr...

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#143

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Mirvac eyes Olderfleet buildings in Melbourne’s Collins St
Nick Lenaghan

>> Listed developer Mirvac is eyeing a fresh tie-up opportunity with Aviva Investors to redevelop a prime commercial site at the west end of Collins Street in Melbourne.

>> Bolstered by its better than expected operating profit this year, Mirvac is now conducting due diligence on the joint venture proposal with Aviva Investors on the Olderfleet buildings, at 477 Collins Street.

>> Now Mirvac is looking to add its development expertise to the Aviva investment, which stands on the same Collins Street block as the Rialto.

>> Behind the dramatic facade stands a modern eight-storey office tower and a car park. The property has almost 12,000 square metres of net lettable area and 800 square metres of retail space. Together, the office component and the car park present a considerable development opportunity.

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#144

685 La Trobe is going ahead finally, Watpac the main contractor. Also dimmeys redev gone to crema and central south yarra is hickory. Also there's an article in the austrlian about 555 collins st. Could well develop further than just a concept with grocon onboard....

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#145

cool, thanks for the info

685 have a prospective tenant?

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#146

Grocon / Studio 505 scheme for Wesley Church that never materialised

>>The Wesley

studio505 were invited with Grocon to submit a proposal for the redevelopment of The Wesley Church site on Lonsdale Street for client Uniting Church in Australia.

The scheme for The Wesley was considered and generated around four key principles:

1. The creation of an urban oasis to hold, protect, fund and enhance the future of the Church and its congregations and their historic campus buildings and trees.

2. To conceive of such a project with the core values of Community, Sustainability, Safety and Innovation woven into the fabric of the scheme.

3. To design and develop the proposal in a collaborative manner, both professionally and artistically guided and also responsively integrating input from the community and client stakeholders.

4. To create a truly magnificent, sophisticated and elegant architecture that inspires.

The precinct, renamed ‘Wesley Village', is split into several compartments - the Church, the Tower and northern village buildings and Nicholas Hall. The open areas can be considered the streets, lanes and commons of the Wesley Village, and these, like a true village space can be occupied, claimed and gathered within by the users, clients and general public with confidence and ease.

The Wesley Village is an urban project that celebrates renewal. It embodies participation. It aspires to be a destination and a linkage. It fully meets and provides the framework for fulfilling the UCA site wide vision whilst creating and retaining an urban, non-judgemental and open community space.

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Melbman's picture
#147

^^ I don't like it. It overpowers its surrounds.

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Mark Baljak's picture
#148

222 Kings Way looking much better these days

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Michael Berquez's picture
#149

The blue bothers me to no end.....should've all just been the charcoal colour

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MelbourneGuy's picture
#150

I pass this just about every day and it doesn't bother me. I think it looks better in real life.

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Melbman's picture
#151

Yeah the blue suits it. It adds something different to the area.

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