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Women’s Planning Network Female Achiever Awards nominations open

December 13, 2018

Have you heard the expression ‘you can’t be what you can’t see’? A lack of visible female role models can undermine confidence and impede the opportunity to gain the skills, experiences and networks that underpin leadership. That’s why Hansen Partnership is a longtime supporter of the PIA Women’s Planning Network Female Achiever of the Year…

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GMHBA Moorabool Street building

Planning support for new GMHBA HQ in Geelong

November 21, 2018

Hansen Partnership has lodged a planning permit application on behalf of diversified commercial property group Quintessential Equity for a new multi-million dollar, nine storey development in Moorabool Street, Geelong. The anchor tenant for the new development will be Geelong based health insurance provider GMHBA. Designed by Cox Architecture, the development has active frontages at the…

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Hansen to develop Osborne Precinct masterplan in Geelong

November 21, 2018

Hansen Partnership has won the tender to develop a benchmark strategic renewal masterplan for Osborne Precinct in the north of Geelong. With Geelong benefiting from considerable private and government investment over the past decade, the Osborne Precinct is ideally placed for renewal given its proximity to the Pivot City Innovation District, the Port of Geelong…

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Damian Iles, Sophie Dyring and David Williams with PIA Award

PIA Award for Launch Housing project

November 12, 2018

Hansen Partnership won the Planning Institute of Australia’s Best Planning Idea – Small Project Award for our work on the Harris Transportable Housing Project for Launch Housing at the annual PIA Awards for Planning Excellence ceremony held on Friday 9 November 2018. In partnership with VicRoads and Schored Projects and with the philanthropic support of Harris Capital, Launch Housing sought approval for nine…

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Hansen collaborates with RMIT on smartSKIN studio

October 30, 2018

Hansen Partnership has partnered with RMIT’s School of Architecture and Urban Design to sponsor a smartSKIN studio in the Master of Landscape Architecture and Master of Design Innovation Technology courses this semester. Led by RMIT Landscape Architecture Lecturer Dr Yazid Ninsalam and Design, Innovation and Technology Lecturer Dr Mehrnoush Latifi, the studio has been exploring…

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View to Melbourne City skyline at night across the Yarra River

VC148 – Hmm…how about some real reform

October 30, 2018

by David Barnes, Managing Director Is it just me or do others feel underwhelmed by Amendment VC148? When the Smart Planning Program was introduced in early 2016 it was identified as including three stages: Stage 1 – Improve Stage 2 – Reform Stage 3 – Transform The Improve stage was completed in early 2017.  It…

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Two national AILA Award wins for Hansen

October 12, 2018

Hansen Partnership has won two awards at the Australian Institute of Landscape Architecture Awards held on the Gold Coast during the International Festival of Landscape Architecture in October. Victoria Square in Kerang received a Landscape Architecture Award in the category of Urban Design with the jury commending the project for the subtle interventions and the…

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Melbourne’s Suburban Rail Loop – only half the solution

August 29, 2018

by David Barnes, Managing Director The State Government’s vision for a Suburban Rail Loop represents the first time that public transport planning has prevailed over road planning in Melbourne’s history, since the radial rail and the tram networks laid out in the late 19th century.  It is a sign of things to come.  It is…

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VC148 – well intentioned reforms an important first step

August 28, 2018

by Jane Keddie, Associate – Urban Planning Following an initial assessment of planning scheme reforms introduced through Amendment VC148, Hansen have taken an in-depth look at the overarching changes that will affect strategic planning. Over time, the adjustments introduced through VC148 will lead to important changes to Victoria’s Planning Schemes, even if the immediate changes…

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Light touch VPP reforms – a statutory perspective

August 28, 2018

by Cameron Gentle, Associate – Urban Planning Having used the revised Victorian Planning Provisions for the past three weeks following the gazettal of VC148, Hansen’s overall response to the reforms are positive but early indications are that the changes are unlikely to have significant implications for applicants or decision makers. Although we see changes such…

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