The 2023 Tour of Excellence is now open to select members.
We’re heading to Melbourne to expand your horizon and bring back new ideas to set your next development apart!
Set from 6-10 March 2023 (Monday to Friday), the Institute has arranged an exclusive tour of medium/high density and greenfield developments in and around Melbourne, Victoria. Tour participants will have a private and in-depth walkthrough of the innovation and ingenuity behind these thoughtfully selected interstate developments.
It will bring together development leaders who are responsible for setting their company’s vision, and foster a rare opportunity for shared learnings and lasting connections.
38 Albermarle • Vic Sq. • Yarrabend • Brickworks • LIV Munro • The Icon • Escala
Multi-Unit Residential Destinations
These masterplans set the benchmark in dwelling design, structure, and form. In this tour, revel in the ingenuity of these developments as you walk through a mixture of apartments, condominiums, and houses, along with expertly and thoughtfully positioned community facilities – from parks, retail spaces, fitness areas, commercial hubs and more.
A collection of innovative lofts, stylish apartments, and home offices designed by Six Degrees Architects.
Featuring soaring double-height ceilings, light-filled living spaces, abundant residential amenity, and a vibrant new piazza. Escala encapsulates the flair and liveability of Melbourne in one address.
The project comprises 173 apartments, 1,200 sqm of office space and four ground floor shops. Escala was designed by celebrated Melbourne architects, Six Degrees. A key feature of this project is MAB’s innovative Loft apartment designs that comprise 50 percent of the total apartments. The Lofts include 4.5-meter-high ceilings with a flexible mezzanine level above the kitchen. A second notable feature of Escala is the Creative Workspaces, also in a double height format, which is capable of being fitted out with mezzanine levels. The Creative Workspaces are designed to be subdivided into smaller strata lots aided by a spectacular arcade which draws light down into all parts of the floorplate. A digital publishing business fell in love with the design and has acquired 100 percent of the space.
Residential and office workers both enjoy the use of the facilities at level 6, including a pool, gymnasium, and rooftop garden
Residents have exclusive access to a library with comfortable surroundings designed for study or work from home meetings.
Six Degrees brings detail and artisan flourishes to Escala including their signature, stained glass windows which adorn the ground floor, lift lobbies, and the residential bathrooms. The variety and detail lavished on each façade lead to over 27 façade types, resulting in a diverse collection of buildings that relate differently to each street frontage. The diversity of facades was a considerable challenge for the builder and the design team. The intricate, interlocking design of the lofts, and exposed concrete ceilings and internal stairs also challenged the team to coordinate the services and resolve numerous junctions and details within each apartment.
38 Albermarle St. Kensington is a pilot project of Assemble Futures, an alternative, supportive pathway to home ownership
Assemble Futures built 38 Albermarle St. three kilometres from Melbourne’s city-centre, around the corner from bustling Footscray, and a 10-minute train ride from Brunswick, so residents could live healthier, socially connected, and financially sustainable lives.
Their property development innovation is through their build-to-rent-to-own (BTRTO) approach – a program that gives residents the option to rent apartments for up to 5 years with an option to purchase at end of lease. What’s more is they also offer financial coaching to residents to bring them to a better financial position to achieve home ownership.
Building for the future, designing for fuller lives, and challenging the status quo
Complementing its financial inclusion objectives, Assemble Futures also takes on the challenge in eco-conscious development. With a net zero future as a goal for its communities, this residential structure boasts of solar roofing, a Closed Loop composter system, a zero-waste café, water heating by 100% renewable energy, and natural crossflow ventilation and plantings across the building.
Residents also benefit from Assemble Connect, an opt-in embedded energy network that allows access and purchase of lower than market rate high speed internet and 100% GreenPower accredited electricity provided by Hepburn Energy.
Inspired by the rich history of the suburb and its significant river, Growland presents Vic Sq., a new landmark address with a real depth of character
Winner of the 2021 UDIA Victoria Award for Excellence in High Density Development, Vic Sq. boasts of impeccably crafted residences from the acclaimed Fender Katsalidis. It features spacious and light-filled one-, two- or three-bedroom homes from which to explore the surrounding delights.
Feel the spirit of the Footscray and the river contours that’s reflected in every pattern, every design
Featuring a lively dining and retail precinct on the ground, a spectacular 2,400 square-meter garden in the sky, and a slew of world-class amenity including a landmark inclusion – Australia’s only Olympic-sized aerial outdoor track, and resident-exclusive private dining, gym and cinema a tour of the Vic Sq. promises and endless discovery.
6.5km from Melbourne’s CBD on the banks of the Yarra river, Glenvill’s YarraBend is the new benchmark for design and urban liveability
Located in Alphington on the former Alphington Paper Mill site, YarraBend is a 14-hectare development comprising of 1,200 dwellings, four parks, a world-class wellness centre, business hub with co-working and recreational facilities, and an artisan food hub curated by renowned chef Scott Pickett.
YarraBend will be home to apartment buildings, converted warehouse-style apartments, townhouses, lofts, riverfront residences and standalone houses
The YarraBend masterplan divides 14 hectares into six separate precincts – each is a distinct reflection and response to the artistry, heritage and aesthetics of its immediate surroundings. The careful design process has ensured the precincts have their own unique personalities while connecting seamlessly together.
The award-wining Burwood Brickworks places connectivity, integration and innovation at the heart of its masterplan – by Frasers Property Australia.
Offering residents a wholesome, healthy, convenient lifestyle with a reduced environmental footprint, Burwood Brickworks aims to create a better for future for us all.
Whatever you need is available at your doorstep in this coveted community, with over 30 retailers now trading in the world’s most sustainable shopping centre.
Expansive walking trails connect homes to the Burwood Brickworks Shopping Centre, as well as a collection of bright play spaces, and lush neighbourhood parks.
At the centre of the City of Melbourne’s $268m renewal of the Queen Victoria Market precinct, is LIV Munro by Mirvac.
Home to 490 apartments, LIV Munro will bring approximately 1,000 new residents to the local community.
Creating a wonderful living environment and offering long-term rentals and well-designed, sustainable spaces, LIV Munro encourages our residents to work and play together and puts community at the heart which aligns with our purpose to reimage urban life.
Designed with a strong sustainability focus and targeting an 8.1 star NATHERS rating – the highest in Victoria for a building of its scale – LIV Munro includes a dedicated health and wellness facility, two cinema rooms, a games room, private dining and coworking spaces, all digitally supported by a resident app to provide a seamless living experience for residents
Contemporary interiors exude warmth and texture, thanks to the natural timber floors and stone benchtops.
Designed with a strong sustainability focus and targeting an 8.1 star NATHERS rating – the highest in Victoria for a building of its scale – LIV Munro includes a dedicated health and wellness facility, two cinema rooms, a games room, private dining and coworking spaces, all digitally supported by a resident app to provide a seamless living experience for residentsonsideration to detail is evident in the joinery design, with banquette seating around a floating island bench in the kitchens, and bathrooms featuring a stitched patterned tile and shelving that matches the kitchen.
Fondly nicknamed the ‘Lego building’, The Icon by Pace Development Group has become one of Melbourne’s most awarded and recognised landmarks.
A building defined by its vibrant multi-coloured forms, the Icon’s 119 apartments are as individual as its striking exterior.
Tullamore • The Cape • Brickworks • Brompton • ZERO Living
Greenfield Development Destinations
Witness the newest expansions that stretch the imagination. These greenfield development projects transformed bare land spans into sprawling communities built to provide holistic and sustainable living spaces.
From nature-inspired architecture to urban parks and gardens and future-forward facilities, this part of the tour gives you a closer look at these masterful property development feats.
A tour of the Cape sustainable estate, Cape Paterson, in Victoria’s Bass Coast
The Cape is a leading sustainable, energy efficient housing project that showcases the future of sustainable, resilient, low running cost housing in Australia. Homes at the Cape are averaging 8-star energy efficiency, by combining passive solar design – excellent orientation, shading, double glazing, insulation and thermal mass.
Many Australian communities are experiencing a cost-of-living crunch, but through good design and appropriate choice of technology, residents at the Cape are shielded from many costs of living pressures
Cape homes have no gas bills, tiny electricity bills and all residents have the choice of eliminating petrol bills through electric vehicles, with 25% of homes at the Cape now paired with electric vehicles. All homes feature 10,000 litre rainwater tanks and water efficient fitout to reduce water bills.
This combination puts the 230 dwelling Cape estate on track to achieve over $1 million a year savings every year into the future.
Tullamore by Mirvac introduces a harmonious blend of nature and activation, respite and recreation
Within an exceptional landscape, steeped in history and adorned by nature, this outstanding residential community sits nestled in the midst of the highly sought-after established suburb of Doncaster. Located 17 kilometers east of Melbourne’s CBD, Doncaster offers leading retail including Westfield, education and transport hubs.
Everything you’ll ever need is found so close to home
The area brings together a myriad of opportunities for enjoyment, wellbeing and expanding your horizons. From sporting reserves, golf clubs, shopping centres, education and entertainment outlets, connected by an efficient transport link, residents can roam around a vast parkland, shuttle to the city and back, with ease.
Places are strictly limited.
Due to the rarity of access to these developments, and in order to maximise this unique professional development experience, we are only able to accept a small number of participants for this tour.
Please select from the two available options below and RSVP to Emma O’Neill.
Tour of Excellence 2023 Options
$6,500* per participant
5 Day Full Tour Experience
$4,000* per participant
2.5 Day Half Tour Experience