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Old July 28th, 2007, 10:33 AM   #1
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Melbourne's Boom Rundown

Emerging the its post Eureka-FWP 1 pause for breath, Melbourne again has $$$ billions in construction underway, and the inner metro area is filled with cranes - I'm guessing about 60.

I can't get the big version of the pic off flickr first posted by Wowism, but it shows 13 of them along one section of the river.



The city's metro population is increasing by 50-60,000 a year - a lot for us - towards 4 million soon. It's the fastest-growing city in Australia in raw number terms (both Brisbane and Perth, are growing faster in percentage terms, and Brisbane particularly has a terrific skyscraper boom developing - perhaps the most transforming in Australia).

But Melbourne got a big buzz week, with announcement of provisional plans for the 10-building old CUB site brewery axis site at the northern head of the city, with there two beauties.

A staggered 50-storey tower with light columns by Denton Corker Marshall, details not yet announced, but we are pretty sure it will reach 250m if not more. Almost certain to get approved, because of the history of this important site, construction is planned to start in the latter half of next year.




Standing by the base, whill be this cutting edge arch design building by Ashtonn Raggatt Macdougall, looking down the city's Swanston Street Spine towards the iconic Shrine of Remembrance. The raised rockwall feature at the base of the bottom arch will provide a vewing/photography point down though the city.




from the other end, i think it may look something like this:



This is The Shrine, at the other end of that axis:




As per the first pic, there is a huge amount going on down by the river: centered around, on one side the ANZ bank's world HQ, which, although only 11-storeys, 55m high, will be imposing: 853000+sq m of office, making it (briefly) Australia's largest office building. The CUB building (above) will exceed that, but it is expected to be mixed use.




this is the 'rear' of ANZ of nthe river side: it's facade is an elongated 'S' facing prestige Collins Street.




On the other side of the river, the $1bn Melbourne Convention Center, and surrounding complex, a 30-level Hilton Hotel and 20-level office building plus retail.
These projects kind of extend the city's CBD activities by a mile or so down river. The big roof here is the adjoinging Melbourne Exhibition Centre.




Other 200m+ talls:

Next off the rank after CUB is likely to be here on the old Spencer Street power station site, now under demolition. It's been brought by a Russian developer, little known here, but has been speculated as the site for a huge development in M<elbourne for years.



Earlier this year, his architects Peddle Thorpe released some stunted, miserable-looking little renders to the local broadsheet, The Age. Melbourne forumers milled around, tearing their shirts, ripping their hair out, beating their breasts, gnashing their teeth and making guttural sounds.

After that, the ****ers got really, really frightened and locked the doors, but from the upper windows they threw down these ...





They show a 54 level mixed use in the foreground, about 175-195m from memory in the foreground, and a huge copper-sheathed New York-style slab up on Lonsdale Street, 40 storeys of office stilted up over a 5-level podium and a five-level void, total height something over 200m, maybe about 218m.

They've yet to submit final plans for approval, but this $500m development will happen. Again, the city has been trying to rid itself of the asbestos-riddled old power station for decades.

across the road and down a little, the sensual wave roof of the $750m Southern Cross Sation is winning Britain's Nicholas Grimshaw and local Daryl Jackson a swag of awards, including a British award for best new building outside the European Union.




not so thrilled are everyone with its retail extension,
mainly a direct warehouse outlet and Coles supermarket: but, as some say, they add to the booming people life of the central business district.

pics here by mugley:





and daytime, making more the point of blandness, by Grollo:






Back to 200+ metres, Prima apartments in Southbank was first poroposed in late 2002, but appears to be still a 'live' prospect. The owners won a height increase to 67 levels, 226m last December, and are officially still awaiting the right market conditions to launch, hopefully next year.




Archibomber did these photoshops of Prima in place among the Southbank talls (silvery building):






These two would be Melbourne's seventh and eighth 200m+ buildings, and there are sites in Docklands, Spencer Street (The Age)( where there are present hopes for me. A building with 200m apartments approval at Cos on Litle Bourke Street has been sold, so that status of that it uncertain, although a core already exists in the retail complex below.

Meantime, Melbourne has a score or more medium rise 'fillers' under construction or starting soon.

Vue Grande, 35 storeys, 107m, in one of four new buildings u/c or soon to start at the western end of Southbank near Crown Casino, and will add to an emerging dense cluster in that area.



Southbank One, 37 storeys, 122m, now selling, is another by Central Equity.





The Barton Tower, 34 storeys, 108m, but well placed on a hill in Russell Street in the city centre, is expected to start construction in August.



Construction of the 122m Grand Central and adjoining William Street is now well advanced:




But some of the best things are happening in boutique architecture range, including three sweet little gems along the river at Northbank, on the site of the famous old Fish Market.






construction of these is pretty well underway




There are height restrictions on that side close to the river, for shadowing reasons, but lots of bright new medium projects are bring life to the previously run-down section of Flinders Street there. This is called Q2, covering the brown wall of one of the city's eyesores.



On the other hand,some folks are pissed off with the blandness of this 122m tower approved for 565 Collins Street, and think its not good enough for this prestige street. Want it send back for re-design.




Back down on the river, the World Trade Centre, an old white elephant, is getting a facelift, while Crown Casino is getting a $750m workover, including a third hotel at 90m on the other side.




This has been posted before, but it's the concept of Docklands, more than half-way to fruitition, and a little under represented here:




Meantime, there is some exciting stuff happening in other areas. Did a booming arts precinct thread earlier this year, showing 14 tightly clustered major arts instutitions around Melbourne's Southbank.



Behind the National Galley there , the Melbourne Theatre Company and Melbourne Recital Centre complex - now under construction - will bring a major splash of light to what has previously been a rather dark corner of the city.





Already attracting recitial bookings from around the world, its due to open in 2009.



another big thing planned for there is the creation of a new $250m pedestrian boulevard through the arts precinct, which will draw many of its elements together :
these pics originally posted by Grollo






it will cut through here between the National Galley and the State Concert Centre and join up with Prince's Bridge, with Federation Square on the other side.







some people couldn't give a stuff about another giant ferris wheel. I'm one of them. But the 120m (or so) Southern Star will bring a big splash of light to another previously dead dark area of the docks behind the many new Docklands towers, and look good when spinning past on the Tullarine Freeway from the airport.



silly as a wheel







There's already a ferris wheel, maybe temporary, at Birrarung Marr park facing the East End




general scene of the city's East End, just posted today by Grollo




and a couple from the files


by wingnut







well that's about it: of course I've missed many medium projects, but this gives an idea. All things are relative,
but it begins to feel like a boom again, at least in our terms Down Under.
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Old July 28th, 2007, 12:48 PM   #2
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Reckon Melbourne's back on it's way to becoming financial capital again?!
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Old July 28th, 2007, 09:59 PM   #3
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wow, amazing list of projects!!
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Excellent! That's a terrific looking city.
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Old July 31st, 2007, 03:26 PM   #5
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Nice, Sure wish our U.S. cities would see development like that again!
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wow, beautiful Melbourne , wow wow wow
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Old August 3rd, 2007, 11:21 PM   #7
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I like the infrastructure of Melbourne
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Yay! Boom boom boom! I wish they'd just bloody well go ahead and build Prima!
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Reckon Melbourne's back on it's way to becoming financial capital again?!
Wow, is Melbourne supposed to overtake Sydney in coming years?
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Wow, is Melbourne supposed to overtake Sydney in coming years?
If current trends continue it will overtake Sydney in population. It's highly debatable wether this will happen, and even if it does that does not mean it will overtake Sydney as Australia's financial capital.
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Men very nice buildings!!!!Melbourne is my favorite city in Australia, i wish it was not that far away from the USA....
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Theonly 2 things I hate about the Melourne skyline is the area like up and down and up and down and also how its hazey I'm not sure if its smog in some cases but thatsd the problem like in the winter and some other times its hard to see the skyline so it looks like dark grey things behind teh haze.
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If current trends continue it will overtake Sydney in population. It's highly debatable wether this will happen, and even if it does that does not mean it will overtake Sydney as Australia's financial capital.
They expect Brisbane to be very large with 30 building close to or are approved. But because Melbourne is growing almost the speed of Brisbane I think, its going to be a close one but I hear that Sydney is only growing half the rate of Brisbane so I'm not sure but at the moment Melbourne is way ahead. With Melbourne reaching 4.1 million last year (abs) no wonder its going well, once these buildings come up the skylike should look better for me also.
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