The state government of Victoria has approved a new master plan to transform the former Melbourne Convention Centre site on Spencer Street, Australia.Plans to transform the under-used site include a $200M three-tower development and feature three apartment buildings ranging from 27–34 levels, with 1,060 apartments, retail space, and spaces for 451 cars and 160 bicycles.While portions of the former Melbourne Convention Centre are being demolished to make way for the development, the 13-level Crown Plaza Hotel, which overlooks the Yarra River, will remain as it is.Minister for Planning Richard Wynne said: “This is a good development in a prime location near Southern Cross Station, trams and public space along the Yarra River which will provide more housing at the gateway between the CBD and Docklands.“This master plan shows how we can deliver more housing in under-used parts of the city while increasing the amount of parks and open space for the public.”
The University of Canberra has signed a $1.7bn agreement with CIC Australia for the development of up to 3,300 new residences in Belconnen, Australia.The new residences will be a mix of units and townhouses, which will be constructed over a 15-20 year period.University of Canberra vice-chancellor professor Stephen Parker said: "It is great to see another stage of our 'Educated Life' vision coming to fruition."Our vision foresees that by 2030 our campus will be a leading example of how a modern world-class university transformed its physical surroundings to create an integrated learning community where scholars, students and the public intermingle."This residential development, which is part of the university's Campus Community precinct, will see a mix of students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the general public living in a modern, progressive, sustainable, edgy community."
Australia-based construction firm Watpac has signed a $264m contract with Country Garden Australia to build the Ryde Garden residential project in North Ryde, Sydney.The company has been working with the China-based developer to formalise the contract after its appointment as preferred contractor in October 2015.The project will include 830 residential units with basement parking for 730 cars, 2,100 sq m of public park, roof top gardens and a communal pool, 1,100 sq m of commercial space including retail space, gymnasium and a child care centre. The main component of construction work will start in the coming weeks, with completion anticipated at the end of 2018. The project is aiming to achieve a 4-Star Green Star Design rating.Watpac managing director Martin Monro said: “Watpac is extremely pleased to be working with Country Garden Australia and acclaimed architects Bates Smart to deliver the Ryde Garden residential development at North Ryde in Sydney.“Comprising three towers of 13, 23 and 27-storeys, Ryde Garden will provide expansive open spaces including a public park set close to the North Ryde Station, offering a landscaped retreat for both residents and the local community.”
Brookfield Multiplex, an Australia-based contracting and development company, has signed an AUD1bn ($756m) construction contract with Chinese property developer Dalian Wanda and its partner Ridong Group to build a Jewel hotel and apartment complex on Australia’s Gold Coast.The three-tower construction project will house more than 500 residential apartments, basement parking, a 169-room five-star hotel and high-end retail and dining precincts.The Jewel project is slated to be opened in early 2019.During construction phase, the Jewel complex is set to create more than 2,700 jobs and another 500 post-construction jobs for ongoing operations and maintenance.Queensland Acting Premier Jackie Trad said: “Once opened in early 2019, the Jewel will be Australia’s largest hotel and residential complex, and such a significant investment from China’s private sector shows the value the international market places on this booming tourism hub right here in Queensland.
Construction has started on the five-star Park Hyatt hotel at Auckland's waterfront in New Zealand.
Global Switch, the owner and operator of large scale cloud and carrier neutral data centre space in Europe and Asia-Pacific, has started construction on the last two stages of its $300m Sydney East data centre project in Australia.
Ground has been broken on the NZD700m ($464.5m) New Zealand International Convention Centre in Auckland, New Zealand.
The Greater Western Sydney Giants (Giants), an Australian rules football team, have unveiled plans for an A$800m ($569m) project to upgrade Manuka Oval and the surrounding area in Canberra, Australia.
Australian construction firm Watpac has secured a contract to build the $325m Mary Lane, a residential, hotel and dining precinct in the Brisbane CBD, Australia.
Sydney’s current 235m height limit on buildings in the city should be overlooked to accommodate future population growth, architectural practice Bates Smart has proposed.