Bates Smart

Bates Smart to celebrate two key milestones in July

One of Australia's oldest architecture firms, Bates Smart is set to celebrate two key milestones in 2018 - the office's own 165th anniversary, and the 60th anniversary of the Bates Smart-designed former ICI House on Nicholson Street. Coinciding with these milestones will be two key events unveiled by Open House Melbourne President and Bates Smart Studio Director, Tim Leslie. These include a guided tour of Orica House as part of the Open House...

Two fresh hotel applications enter the Sydney spotlight

Billbergia alongside Melbourne-based developer Golden Age Group have thrown forward separate development applications that stand to add 500 plus rooms to Sydney's hotel development pipeline. The respective applications were both lodged earlier this month with North Sydney Council and City of Sydney and have a cumulative estimated cost just shy of $200 million. Both towers also intend to absorb and repurpose existing heritage buildings into their...

Dexus receives greenlight for 140 George Street Parramatta

Parramatta City Council has given the green light to Dexus to develop a 33-storey office tower at 140 George Street, Parramatta adding to the growing number of office developments within Sydney’s fastest growing city. The 138m tower will be located on the corner of George and Charles Streets, with the design seeking to capitalise on the site’s unique riverside location along a key stretch of the Parramatta River that contains the ferry terminal...

Big numbers sought for PDG's Munro Site development

Despite being height limited to 125 metres, the raw development numbers for the intended Munro Site tower opposite Queen Victoria Market propel the proposal into the upper echelon based purely upon size. Developer PDG with the backing of Melbourne City Council had initially mooted a tower just shy of 200 metres for the 6,233 square metre site, only to have the Planning Minister impose a height limit of 125 metres. This has not perturbed the...

Woodlink double up for their Melbourne debut

Three years after making moves to enter the Melbourne property market, developer Woodlink is poised to realise two significant projects. Active in southern China, Woodlink turned its attention to Melbourne three years ago with intentions of developing sites in both East Melbourne and St Kilda Road. Lodged with Port Phillip during mid 2015, 424-426 St Kilda Road's pending sales launch as Illoura House heralds another luxury residential...

Iglu Student Accommodation heads for South Yarra

IGLU Student Accommodation wants a prime piece of South Yarra's Forrest Hill precinct for their next Melbourne outlet. Forrest Hill has been dominated by traditional apartment developments in recent years, although the designated urban renewal precinct is beginning to further diversify. Alongside IGLU 's intended redevelopment of the land at 6-8 Claremont Street, LK Property Group are looking to add a 294 suite hotel further north along...

Lendlease revisits Richmond's GTV9 site

Years after completing the initial stage of the GTV9 site redevelopment on Bendigo Street, Lendlease has raised the prospect of a larger scale outcome for the balance of its land holding. City of Yarra is considering an application to amend the currently approved Development Plan dated 2012, which would see a higher-density precinct realised, with the focus on aged care, retirement living and affordable housing. Lendlease has enlisted Catholic...

South Yarra's Jam Factory redevelopment a public realm bonanza

When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development. Our vision for the new...

Golden Age and Starwood Capital partner for 85 Spring Street's hotel component

Golden Age Group, developer of projects like Sky One in Box Hill, Victoria One and Collins House in the CBD, has announced it has signed an agreement with Starwood Capital Group to enter into a joint venture to manage the hotel component within the new 85 Spring Street. The $600 million mixed-use development has frontages to both Little Collins and Spring Street. Golden Age Group purchased site from Grocon during February 2017 for $75 million,...

Salta takes Exhibition Street to the bank

During July, Urban Melbourne reported on City of Melbourne's positive response to Salta Properties' bid to have a skyscraper approved at 63 Exhibition Street. Last week a permit for the mixed-use, Bates Smart-designed tower was granted by the Minister for Planning, concluding a lengthy three-year stint at planning for the application. During City of Melbourne's assessment of the project, the project was to rise 203m and hold an expected...

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