Category: In the Media


Speak Up about Mental Health in the Workplace

Posted by Kathryn Kutchel in Christchurch, In the Media, Melbourne, Our people, People, Culture & Brand. Comments Off on Speak Up about Mental Health in the Workplace

14th September

Are you okay?
It’s a simple question, often raised flippantly in water cooler conversation. It can also be said in ways like, ‘how’s it going?’ ‘how are you?’ ‘what’s happening?’, but all variations are often met with the response, ‘good’, ‘fine’, ‘alright’. How often do we ask, are you okay, and really listen to the answer? You may say you listen every time, but is it only on days like R U OK Day that you stop and focus? At Taylors, mental health in the workplace is as vital as physical health, and we’re working toward raising awareness around the issue that needs to be addressed.

In light of R U OK Day this year, the Taylors office took the opportunity to officially recognise the initiative and progress toward implementing a framework that will aim to reduce the stigma around mental health …

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Boosting Brain Flexibility and Creativity with Todd Sampson

Posted by Kathryn Kutchel in Events, In the Media, Melbourne, News, Our people. Comments Off on Boosting Brain Flexibility and Creativity with Todd Sampson

27th June

Hosted by the Property Council Australia, a recent breakfast session with Todd Sampson explored the many ways one could boost brain flexibility and creativity and Taylors attendees were keen to learn the ways.

As members of Property Council Australia, representatives were given the opportunity to learn from one of Australia’s most influential executives, Todd Sampson. Known for being the co-creator of Earth Hour, a thrill seeker, and his appearances on the Gruen Transfer, Body Hack, and Redesign my Brain, this “inspirational and honest presentation” aimed to educate the audience by providing them with “the practical tools, strategies and techniques to improve your brain”.
“Our brains are continually adapting and growing,” said Taylors attendee, Web and Graphic Designer Luke Clow. “They only stop when we stop exercising them and allow our rigidness to stop us from seeking new ideas.”
The main message of the …

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‘This Girl Can’ – Getting Women Involved!

Posted by Kathryn Kutchel in In the Media, Melbourne, Our people, People, Culture & Brand, Promotions. Comments Off on ‘This Girl Can’ – Getting Women Involved!

4th April

Physical activity on a regular basis is all part of a balanced and healthy lifestyle, but recent statistics show that half of us aren’t getting enough exercise each week. Getting movement into your day matters, and yet Victorian women are holding back from getting involved or started in a sport for multiple reasons, such as fear of judgement or not being fit enough to start.

That’s where the ‘This Girl Can’ Initiative comes in!

Taylors own Tamara Reilly is getting active in the roller derby team featured in the ‘This Girl Can’ advertisement.

‘This Girl Can’ is here to support and celebrate Victorian women getting active in any way that best suits you, to make time for your health and find what feels right for you. Taylors is behind this movement as we recognize the many women in our workplace who are keen …

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Good Fences make Good Neighbours, or Do They?

Posted by Kathryn Kutchel in In the Media, Melbourne, News, Planning, Urban Design. Comments Off on Good Fences make Good Neighbours, or Do They?

30th January

As residential living becomes smarter and more inclusive of situations including multi-generational living and communal space, is there growing potential in the Australian market for the possibility of shared backyards among residential dwellings? For generations, Australians have thrived off the idea of owning their ‘forever home’ with a spacious yard and picket fence to flag-post the boundaries of their property.

However, with the concept of shared backyards emerging around the world for varied purposes – sustainable shared food production in North America and Canada, multi-generational dwellings across Asia – has the time come for Australians to do away with the fence and embrace communal living in our own backyard?

Victorian news program, The Project, approached the issue last week by way of inviting Peter Vlitas of Avid Property Group to share his views on this “incredibly optimistic picture of suburban living.”

The topic …

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Innovation and Technology in the Development Industry

Posted by Kathryn Kutchel in Events, In the Media, Our people. Comments Off on Innovation and Technology in the Development Industry

15th November

As seen in the VPELA Revue Magazine, Taylors own Matthew Law recaps the mid-year VPELA Seminar and the Reality Modelling capabilities demonstrated there.

VPELA YPG held a seminar mid-year on innovation and technology in the development industry, at the Foys Arcade in Melbourne CBD. Despite the cold weather, it was one of the largest YPG events for the year, attracting a crowd from a range of disciplines to hear about the latest in our industry and where to next.

Taylors led the presentation, which included a look into 3D reality modelling, virtual reality, augmented reality, 3D printing and laser scanning. We were treated to an interactive session where people were able to step into the virtual world to view a range of developments and projects and, for the creative people in the room, a quick lesson in 3D painting in virtual reality …

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Thoughts on People Management

Posted by Kathryn Kutchel in In the Media, Our people. Comments Off on Thoughts on People Management

9th November

The below article was written by Taylors General Manager of Urban Development Survey, and Consulting Surveyors of Victoria Committee Member, Leo Bateman, for the October issue of Consulting Surveyors Victoria magazine.

In choosing a subject to write about, my first thought was to write about the possible changes to the Owners Corporation Act 2006, as an addendum to the CSV May Seminar panel discussion, of which I was part of.  There was more to discuss but unfortunately we ran out of time.  My second idea was to write about applications of 3D Building Envelopes (BE’s) and Design Guide Lines (DGL’s) in greenfield projects.  Surveyors have been creating Restrictions on greenfield Plans of Subdivisions incorporating BE’s and DGL’s for years.  We have now discovered that one of the Growth Area Municipalities (Whittlesea) no longer accepts them.  I’m not going into the reasons …

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It’s time to reclaim some balance

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5th September

In recent times, everyone I’ve spoken to in the development industry is crazy busy. In this hectic climate where clients’ expectations of consultants are at an all-time high, it is easy to fall into the trap of spending long hours at work, skipping meals, neglecting family and most of all putting yourself last. This is particularly relevant to our industry and I believe that all survey professionals need to take some time to ponder why they work in this field, what makes them passionate about their profession, are they working in a supportive working environment, why are they in a relationship/a parent and what makes them happy. Why, you might ask? For perspective!

It is one thing to be a great surveyor and top consultant but if that means it is at the cost of your relationships and health then something …

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Seeing green in smart design

Posted by Administrator in In the Media, Landscape Architecture, Our people, Urban Design, Urban Development. Comments Off on Seeing green in smart design

1st August

One of Taylors’ clients, SOHO Living, was recently featured in an article published in Domain magazine discussing the smart new Copernicus Way development at Keilor Downs. See the interview with Landscape Architect, Amy Davidson.

See more about SOHO Living’s Aspect Residences in Keilor Downs here.



Taylors Fresh Architectural Vision

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21st July

For the last three years, Taylors has been involved in the rebuild efforts in Christchurch, in addition to architecture projects across Auckland and Queenstown.

Below is an article recently published in Business South Magazine



Trial new process enables five-day subdivision registration

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19th May

Land Use Victoria is trialling a new system which aims to improve timeframes for the registration of subdivisions of 10 or more lots. The trial is an attempt to get more lots released onto the market more quickly.

The enhanced process will have a target for registration of these plans of five business days from lodgement – provided there are no errors on the plans or any other documents required for registration of the case.

Lodgements that require re-certification or consent to an amendment by a council or any other amendment to the plan or associated documents not satisfied within 24 hours will lose their priority status and be subject to the standard registration timeframes.

Plans of subdivision for over 10 lots make up 15 per cent of all applications, and create around 70 per cent of all new lots. However, around 50 …

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