Student accommodation

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...

No Great (E)Scape for CUB Proposal

UK-based student accommodation provider Scape’s plans for a student accommodation tower fronting Swanston Street on the former Carlton United Brewery site failed to receive the support of City of Melbourne (CoM) at last month's Future Melbourne (Planning) Committee meeting. This follows the latest design iteration which had an almost identical design expression to Swanston Street, but differed in other aspects including girth. During the...

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...

Carlton's magnetic appeal for student accommodation strengthens

Journal Student Living's move on 500 Swanston Street headlines a fresh drive of student accommodation projects looking to call Carlton home. The $60m build would be Journal's second Melbourne project after 18-32 Leicester Street which is in the hands of Icon Construction. Journal Student Living is backed by South African company Redefine Properties. 500 Swanston Street as the current home of the CFMEU accounts for a 1,388sqm land plot and finds...

488 Elizabeth Street turns to student accommodation

As expected GreenFort Capital is in the process of creating one of Melbourne's largest student accommodation projects at 478-488 Elizabeth Street. It was revealed during September that the alternative real estate investment outfit secured the site at the top end of Elizabeth Street for $35 million. GreenFort Capital is headed by Adam Vaggelas who was previously with Blue Sky, with that operator rolling out three separate projects in Melbourne...

Urbanest's latest project revealed as Icon Construction scores another major build

Student accommodation provider Urbanest will have another inner-city footprint ready for the 2019 academic year as 122-136 Berkeley Street goes to construction. The site in question is adjacent to, and opposite GSA Australia's 221 Pelham Street and 684-688 Elizabeth Street projects, bolstering the immediate area's already heavy student accommodation construction activity. Awarded to Icon Construction, 122-136 Berkeley Street is the third current...

UniMelb adds Swanston Street to their student accommodation portfolio

The University of Melbourne is once more chasing the right to create another significant student housing complex. Located at 625-631 Swanston Street, the project has been dubbed Lincoln Square South and finds itself in the middle of Melbourne's evolving student precinct centred around Carlton's Swanston Street stretch. Lincoln Square South is the latest development that will help support the 50,000 students that visit the institution's Parkville...

Deakin Burwood's new student accommodation building embraces the space

Student accommodation and design prowess don't necessarily go hand in hand, in fact many of Melbourne's dated student accommodation buildings are an affront to the senses. Generally very repetitive in every aspect of their design, very few cut through and resonate with a sense of design nous. One such project that does deserve its moment in the sun is Deakin University's freshly completed Burwood student accommodation project sited on Uganda...

Hayball discuss the evolution of Melbourne's student housing sector

In light of the boom in student accommodation projects, Urban Melbourne recently took the opportunity to chat with Hayball duo Marcus Ieraci and Tom Gilbert. As senior members of the Southbank-based design practice, both are heavily involved in Hayball's numerous student accommodation endeavours, and are all to happy to outline where the sector has come from in Melbourne, and more importantly, what lies ahead. As a point of reference Hayball has...

Three new projects step forward to further fill the student accommodation void

The inner city's sustained surge in student housing projects is poised to churn out three additional developments, all of which are currently navigating through planning. As demand for inner city apartments has waned, student accommodation proponents have seized the opportunity to add further key sites across inner northern suburbs to their respective portfolios. As the frenzied sale (and sale prices) of prospective development sites has cooled...

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