City of Melbourne

Lincoln Square expansion and upgrade a step closer

The City of Melbourne (CoM) is progressing with plans to expand and upgrade Lincoln Square over the next five years, with the release of the draft functional layout detailing the extent of the improvement works. This follows the endorsement of the final Lincoln Square Concept Plan by the Future Melbourne Committee in April, based on feedback and support received during community consultation in 2017. CoM is now completing detailed design and...

An overview of Melbourne's hyperactive student accommodation projects

The flow of student accommodation projects into planning across Melbourne's inner suburbs has slowed considerably, allowing for the massive associated spike in construction to take its place in the spotlight. With the effective completion of Scape Melbourne on Swanston Street and Iglu at 229 Franklin Street , there are still nine separate projects under construction. These nine alone will yield thousands of new beds for tertiary students. At...

Southbank's Boyd Park moves a step closer

The City of Melbourne's Boyd Park concept plan is a step closer to being realised with Melbourne City Council via its Future (Planning) Committee forum, endorsing the scheme and resolving to issue a Planning Permit. To facilitate the project, demolition of the former school building fronting Balston Street will need to occur allowing Council to upgrade the landscaping and expand the existing Boyd Community Hub into Kavanagh Street. The structure...

500 Swanston Street off to VCAT - City of Melbourne provides conditional support

A 17-storey student housing building at 500 Swanston Street is off to VCAT after the applicant, Journal Property Limited, decided to appeal the matter after City of Melbourne council failed to make a decision within the requisite 60 statutory days. During its meeting on Tuesday night, the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee resolved that it would have issued a permit subject to conditions, had the appeal to VCAT not been...

City of Melbourne's Transport Strategy refresh. It's time to walk the walk

Just over a week ago the City of Melbourne released the first two discussion papers as part of its Transport Strategy Refresh . These focused on the themes of 'Walking' and 'City Space' with Urban Melbourne providing commentary via this article and during Episode 10 of the Weekly podcast. The ambitious plan will look to examples from abroad such as Barcelona's proposed "superblock" strategy which creates a series of small neighbourhoods around...

City of Melbourne calls for submissions for Birrarung Marr Master Plan

The City of Melbourne, via its Participate Melbourne channel, is calling for community input to inform a new Master Plan to guide the future development, management and use of Birrarung Marr over the next 20 years. Since its completion in 2002, Birrarung Marr has provided critically needed open space within the central city, linking Federation Square and the city with Melbourne Park's Sports Precinct. Located along the northern banks of the...

Elizabeth Street pop up to close as development works commence on Riverview House

After a brief stint during summer, the City of Melbourne's Elizabeth Street pop-up park will close on 24 March to allow for private development works at Riverview House with the Council postponing the permanent upgrade of the area to create new public space, now due to commence in 2019. The upgrade will more than double the amount of pedestrian space in the street. We will also create a better space for people with new bluestone paving, street...

City of Melbourne's Concept Designs for Boyd Park revealed

This Tuesday the City of Melbourne's Councillors will consider a plan for a new 5,000 sqm urban park for Southbank - the municipality’s most densely populated suburb - which has the least amount of public open space per person in the City of Melbourne. The $3.5m Boyd Park Concept Plan aims to "create a backyard" for Southbank residents and to provide flexible and playful spaces that support a range of activities. The concept plan builds on Boyd’...

City of Melbourne's amendment 308 seeks to implement a new central city design guide

Agenda item 6.1 at the upcoming Future Melbourne committee meeting at City of Melbourne includes a meaty document that seeks to reshape the way new CBD and Southbank developments are composed, and similarly how they're presented to all of us on the footpath. One of the main outputs in the amendment process is to include a Central Melbourne Design Guide which outlines through imagery what, in the council's view, are acceptable and avoidable built...

PDG hint at their new Munro Site tower design

Developer PDG has circulated preliminary images of a tower proposed to grace the Munro site adjacent to the Queen Victoria Market. This follows on from a planning application being submitted for the City of Melbourne-backed development which includes frontages to Therry Street, Queen Street and the rear of Franklin street. The application is with the Planning Minister's office after Minister Richard Wynne imposed a height limit over the site...

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