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Affordable Housing Development in Sydney’s Macquarie Park Gets Government Approval

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16 Aug 2017, Sydney, Australia

A $2.2 billion affordable housing development in Sydney’s Macquarie Park has received government approval. It is part of the government’s Communities Plus program to redevelop and grow its social housing portfolio. Read more.


Canberra High-Rise Development Scaled Back Due to Potential Traffic Impact

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15 Aug 2017, Canberra, Australia

Canberra residents have successfully lobbied for a proposed pair of 26-story residential towers in Gungahlin to be scaled back, following fears of its impact on the already problematic neighborhood traffic. Read more.


NSW Government to Crack Down on Dangerous Building Materials After Grenfell Fire

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08 Aug 2017, Sydney, Australia

The New South Wales (NSW) government has unveiled a fire safety plan that it says is “Australia’s most comprehensive” response to the issues exposed by London’s deadly Grenfell Tower fire in June. Read more.


Government Rejects Gold Coast Casino Development in Favor of Community-Led Plan

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03 Aug 2017, Gold Coast, Australia

The Palaszczuk Government has terminated a proposed development on the Gold Coast Spit and will move forward with a community-led master plan. The decision was based on ensuring the best long-term solution for the Gold Coast. Read more.


Dual Residential Towers Proposed at 60 Skyring Terrace in Brisbane

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24 Jul 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A development application has been submitted for two new residential towers at 60 Skyring Terrace, Newstead. The Shore comprises a 26- and 22-story tower with a four-story podium and ground-level retail. Read more.


Demolition Phase on 237-Meter Sydney Residential Tower Now Complete

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21 Jul 2017, Sydney, Australia

An early milestone has been reached on Sydney Greenland Centre, which could become the tallest residential tower in Sydney’s CBD when completed in 2019. Demolition work has completed at the site after a 12-month process. Read more.


Queensland Developer Proposes Office Tower at 949 Ann Street in Brisbane

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20 Jul 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A property group has submitted a development application to Brisbane City Council for a 15-story office building to be built at 949 Ann Street, in Fortitude Valley. The site was purchased for AU$6.28 million (US$5 million) in October 2012. Read more.


Proposed Hobart Towers Jump in Height, Stirring Controversy

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19 Jul 2017, Hobart, Australia

The Singapore-based Fragrance Group has increased the height of two proposed hotels at 28-30 Davey Street and 2-6 Collins Street, which has led to controversy since they exceed planning scheme height restrictions. Read more.


Developer Invests $380 Million in Sydney Hotel Redevelopment

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18 Jul 2017, Sydney, Australia

A Chinese real estate conglomerate is investing AU$380 million (US$301 million) to redevelop the heritage-listed Porter House into a 121-room boutique hotel. Castle Residences will include residential, retail, and commercial offerings. Read more.


Perth Council Offers In-Principle Support of Perth+ Proposal

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13 Jul 2017, Perth, Australia

The City of Perth has given in-principle support for the Perth+ complex, which would become a centerpiece of Elizabeth Quay. Plans feature two towers reaching 19 and 54 stories or 86.5 and 220 meters, respectively. Read more.


Melbourne Tower Height Slashed as Queen Victoria Market Redevelopment Gets Green Light

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12 Jul 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Victorian Planning Minister Richard Wynne has approved new planning controls that will pave the way for the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market, but slash the height of a proposed tower overlooking the markets. Read more.


26-Story Ann Street Development Proposed for Fortitude Valley, Brisbane

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10 Jul 2017, Brisbane, Australia

An Australian property developer has lodged plans for a landmark commercial tower at 801 Ann Street, Fortitude Valley. The proposed development is made up of a three-story podium, plant level, and 22-story office tower. Read more.


West Police Center Headquarters Receives Green Light in Melbourne

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03 Jul 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Final approval has been granted to fund Cbus Property’s US$460 million City West Police Centre complex. The 65,000-square-meter tower will become the state’s first purpose-built headquarters in more than half a century. Read more.


Hotel Brand to Open in Melbourne’s Upcoming 600 Collins Street Tower

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30 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has signed a management contract for a new luxury hotel and branded residences to be developed in Melbourne. The project is expected to open in 2023, and is the group’s first announced property in Australia. Read more.


Updated Proposal Submitted for Brisbane’s Barry Parade

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27 Jun 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer has submitted a revised development application on a recently acquired Fortitude Valley site – located at 44-100 Barry Parade in Brisbane – that would comprise two new residential towers. Read more.


Victoria One Tops Out in Melbourne

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26 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

The core structure of the under construction Victoria One has topped out at 246 meters. The core’s last concrete pour occurred at the tower on June 17 and took 6,500 cubic meters of concrete and 1,100 metric tons of reinforcement. Read more.


Details Emerge on Proposed 8 Phillip Street Development in Sydney

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22 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

Fresh details describing the "world-class design" for 8 Phillip Street in Western Sydney have emerged, along with new renderings. Poised to rise 56 stories in Parramatta, the landmark development will contain 314 apartments. Read more.


Towers Proposed to “Defend” Historic Church Site in Parramatta, Sydney

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21 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

A historic church is to be redeveloped as a mixed-use complex, expanding the Parramatta Mission and the Uniting Church in Australia’s presence in the city. The project will also house new residential, commercial, and retail spaces. Read more.


Contractor Selected to Deliver Collins Square Tower 5 in Melbourne

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21 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A construction contractor has been appointed to deliver the fifth and final commercial office tower that will complete the US$1.8 billion landmark Collins Square development located at 727 Collins Street in Melbourne’s CBD. Read more.


Grenfell House Fire Provokes Investigation into Cladding on NSW Towers

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20 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

Flammable cladding blamed for the rapid spread of the fatal blaze that occurred at Grenfell House in London was pinpointed as contributing to a past fire in a Melbourne high-rise, provoking investigation into cladding on NSW towers. Read more.


Architecture Firm Wins Design Competition for Circular Quay Tower in Sydney

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19 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

An architecture firm has won a competition to design a new office tower as part of an urban precinct that is set to reinvigorate part of Sydney’s iconic Circular Quay area. The scheme is characterized by a multi-level network of pedestrian laneways. Read more.


Park Central’s First Residential Tower Launched in Brisbane

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19 Jun 2017, Brisbane, Australia

The first residential tower within Park Central – a new US$760 million master planned, transit-oriented development in Woolloongabba – will be launched in June 2017. Park Central One will feature 168 apartments across 18 levels. Read more.


Proposal Submitted for 82-Story No. 1 Brisbane Tower

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16 Jun 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A development application has been submitted for a new 82-story residential tower known as No.1 Brisbane. Located on the corner of George and Queen Streets, the tower comprises 534 residential apartments varying in size and layout. Read more.


Timber Hotel Addition Proposed Atop Melbourne Building

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13 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A 220-room hotel is set to open in a purpose-built timber tower above a six-story office in Melbourne's Southbank area. The existing structure will remain fully operational and tenanted during the hotel's construction. Read more.


Apartment Marketing Begins at 555 Collins Street in Melbourne

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12 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A Singapore billionaire has begun marketing apartments in a dilapidated Collins Street building after winning approval for a tower little more than half the size of the original 82-story proposal for the site. Read more.


311 Spencer Street Gains City of Melbourne Support

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09 Jun 2017, Melbourne, Australia

At its recent Future (Planning) Committee, the City of Melbourne resolved to provide conditional support to Cbus Property's development at 311 Spencer Street. The 40-story tower will be the headquarters of the Victorian Police. Read more.


Development Plans Submitted for Queen’s Wharf in Brisbane

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06 Jun 2017, Brisbane, Australia

Additional development plans have been submitted for Queen’s Wharf – a multi-tower casino resort project along Brisbane’s waterfront – following an application for operational and demolition works in December 2016. Read more.


Two-Tower Metro Martin Place Proposal Submitted in Sydney

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05 Jun 2017, Sydney, Australia

A stage-one development application has been submitted for plans to build two towers above Sydney’s existing Martin Place Railway Station, the proposed Martin Place Metro Station, and a public underpass beneath Martin Place. Read more.


Banc Apartments Riverfront Tower to Start Construction in Brisbane

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31 May 2017, Brisbane, Australia

A developer is charging ahead with construction on its US$52 million luxury riverfront building, Banc Apartments, in a show of confidence in the Brisbane apartment market. Work is set to start mid-year, with 65 percent of residences already sold. Read more.


80 Collins Street to See Major Transformation in Melbourne

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31 May 2017, Melbourne, Australia

A transformation of 80 Collins Street, scheduled for completion in 2020, will comprise a new premium-grade office tower, a significant refurbishment of the existing tower, a boutique hotel, and an array of retail and F&B facilities. Read more.