Year: 2011

CHRISTCHURCH CITY CENTRE RE-OPENS

A small part of the Christchurch city centre was re-opened recently following the devastating earthquake that struck the Canterbury region in February this year.  The re-opened area includes 27 shops and cafes housed in specially converted shipping containers.  The brightly painted containers include glass frontages and balconies and have been carefully arranged to create a… Read more »

SEASONS GREETINGS FROM ALL AT COLLIE PTY LTD

Note: The Collie office will be closing for the holidays on Wednesday 21 December 2011 (but don’t call after midday because we will be out celebrating the end of the year) and will reopen on Monday 9 January 2012.

UDIA (VICTORIA) 2011 AWARDS FOR EXCELLENCE

Mirvac received a commendation in the Medium Density Development Category of the UDIA (Victoria) 2011 Awards for Excellence for its Laureate development in Albert Park, which was considered an “outstanding medium density development” by the judges. Collie was pleased to provide planning inputs to Mirvac throughout the project. Enquiries: Jay Hollerich (jjh@colliepl.com.au)

DRAFT GROWTH CORRIDOR PLANS

The Growth Areas Authority (GAA) has released for comment draft Growth Corridor Plans identifying areas for housing, jobs, transport, town centres, open space and key infrastructure. Public consultation closes at 5pm on Tuesday 20 December, 2011. Submissions can be made either via mail to Growth Areas Authority, Level 29, 35 Collins Street Victoria 3000 or… Read more »

SWANSTON STREET REDEVELOPMENT: CYCLISTS AND PEDESTRIANS

The first tram stop redevelopment on Swanston Street outside the State Library has now been completed with others to be constructed at RMIT University, Bourke Street Mall and City Square. As shown in the image below the tram stop has a raised platform that allows for access to trams for people of all abilities. Additionally,… Read more »

BIDs

The Melbourne Town Hall was the venue for a public lecture on Business Improvement Districts (BIDs). Dr Seth Grossman a director at the Institute of Business District Management in the School of Public Affairs and Administration from Rutgers University-Newark, New Jersey was the keynote speaker. Dr Grossman explained that BIDs are partnerships between the public… Read more »

KOBENHAVN + CYCLER URBANISM

As observed recently, Kobenhavn (Copenhagen) is one of a growing number of world cities where urban designers have embraced enthusiastically the bicycle as a seriously sustainable alternative to the car for short and medium distance movement. I was confronted with this reality recently on arrival in the central area of Copenhagen where the taxi driver… Read more »

RUGBY WORLD CUP 2011…A GREAT EXCUSE TO EXPLORE NORTH ISLAND, NEW ZEALAND

As rugby experiences go the recent world cup in New Zealand is hard to top. Fanatical international support, jubilant host cities and at times some great bone-crunching rugby! New Zealand and its people did themselves proud. Amidst the anguish of watching my beloved Ireland fail to turn up against our Celtic Welsh cousins (which was… Read more »

SOUTHGATE REVAMPED

Following 15 months of renovation works Southgate located along the Melbourne Southbank promenade was re-launched in November 2011. Redevelopment of the Southbank area was first announced in 2008 with works proposed to extend and reinforce connections to the Yarra River, the CBD, Federation Square, Birrarung Marr and the sports and recreation precincts, all embracing the… Read more »

NATIVE VEGETATION AND OFFSETS

The Victorian Government Minister for Environment and Climate Change (Ryan Smith) spoke at the UDIA function of 4 November 2011. The Minister was brief but to the point in terms of relevance to his audience.  He spoke of principles concerning establishing the longer term provisions for identifying and protecting native vegetation – and then having the… Read more »