Evolving Port

Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend change. Houses are changed or demolished and new forms of housing take their place. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

51-59 Thistlethwaite St, South Melbourne


15 January 2017

31 October 2016

'permit approved site for sale'
9 December 2015

51-59 Thistlethwaite St and 486 City Rd, South Melbourne

This application, first lodged with Council on 19 January 2015 was to
  • construct a mixed use, 4, 7, 13 and 16 level building containing retail and commercial tenancies,
  • 258 (126 x 1BR, 109 x 2BR inc. 6 SoHo, and 23 x 3BR) dwellings, community spaces including a toy library, and car and bicycle parking, 

City of Port Phillip planning report 9 December 2015

272 - 280 Normanby Rd, Southbank

4 October 2017

Planning application reference nos: DELWP ref: 16/00106, Council ref: MINRA 0004/2016/A

extracts from the City of Port Phillip planning report of 4 October 2017:

The proposal is for a 40 level mixed use tower including a five level podium.

The building would have maximum height of 40 storeys / 128.3m to roof top parapet level, 130.1m to the top of the plant screen, and 133.26m to the top of the lift overrun.

A 4.5m wide pedestrian through block lane/link is proposed along the north-east side of the site,  The link would be covered at first floor level for weather protection and wind mitigation.

The development proposed five affordable dwellings.

Flooding / Sea Level Rise: 

The land is not identified as being subject to flooding. However, Melbourne Water has recommended minimum floor levels to protect against future sea level rise as follows: On-street parking spaces / external dwelling entries: 1.9 to 2.1m AHD, commercial lobbies / retail: 2.4m AHD, Garage / car park entry: 2.4m AHD plus 600mm mechanical freeboard, habitable residential, office, lifts, services: 3.0m AHD

The Council resolved to advise the Minister that it did not support the application, but should the Minister approve it, a suite of suggested conditions have been prepared.

source: City of Port Phillip report of 4 October 2017

27 June 2016


8 May 2015


Site location

89 - 103 Gladstone St, South Melbourne

Gravity Tower 

October 2017

The Gravity Tower on the corner of Montague St and Gladstone St in Montague is complete.
It was one of the earliest planning approvals in Fishermans Bend, dating back to 2015.

It emerges from every angle, showing a slightly different face depending on the time of day.

Designed by Plus Architecture, architects of the Armada development in Nott St, and developed by Blue Earth.

'Aluminium sun shields criss-cross the floor-to-ceiling glazing almost like herringbone fabric' Stephen Crafti writes. (Age, 28 October 2017)

The Gravity Tower contains 144 apartments over 29 levels.

viewed from Williamstown Road, October 2017
Proposed 2013
Construction start 2015
Complete 2017

start of construction 10 November 2015
June 2015


June 2015
16 July 2013

The City of Port Phillip's views were sought notwithstanding that the Minister for Planning was the Responsible Authority for the application. (Reference MINRA0007/2013)

The Council report noted the following in relation to flooding:
  • The site is within a Special Building Overlay (i.e. land subject to inundation) under the Port Phillip Planning Scheme. Melbourne Water (the relevant flooplain management authority) is a Statutory Referral Authority for this application, pursuant to Clause 44.05-5 of the Planning Scheme. 
  • Melbourne Water has provided advice regarding recommended floor levels for the Fisherman’s Bend area which as follows:
  • The current 100 year flood level for the Fisherman’s Bend area is 1.6m AHD. Based on the climate change predictions in Clause 13.01 of the Planning Scheme, Melbourne Water has adopted a flood level of 1.8m AHD for 2040 (i.e. 200mm rise above the existing level) and 2.4m AHD for 2100 (i.e. 800mm above the existing level). 
  • Melbourne Water therefore recommends floor levels as follows: 
    • Commercial lobbies / Retail: 2.4m AHD. 
    • Garages/Car Parking Entry: 2.4m AHD plus 600mm mechanical freeboard (i.e. all mechanical plant and electrical fittings should be located 600mm above the flood level). 
    • Lifts/Services: 3.0m AHD. I


Plus Architecture Gravity Tower
Urban Melbourne Gravity Tower
Builder: Hamilton Marino
Geotechnical Engineering
144 apartments over 31 levels

The site

25 Ross St, Port Melbourne

September 2017

The house at 25 Ross St was sold for $1,190,000 on 9 September 2017 by Frank Gordon. Advertised as a 'blank canvas', it nevertheless held out the (unlikely) possibility of renovation.

The locational advantages of the property were described as: 'a premium position, opposite the tennis courts, near the beach, walking distance to Port Melbourne Primary School whilst also placed in the Albert Park Secondary School zone.'

September 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

70 - 72 Albert St, Port Melbourne

June 2019

The site is cleared in preparation for the development.

level site at 70 - 72 Albert St
October 2017

Advertising for the re-development of 70 - 72 Albert St.

The house which this development will replace.

April 2017

VCAT  issued a permit for full demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a three storey building with basement containing nine dwellings.

Friday, October 13, 2017

130 Bay St, Port Melbourne

13 October 2017

Demolition of the grey facaded weatherboard cottage at 130 Bay St was underway today. Although a permit was first issued for its demolition in 2010, it appears that it is still the subject of a live planning application 838/2010/C by the Port Phillip Council.

130 Bay St - October 2017
In 2010, a permit was granted for the demolition and re-development of this property for a four level building. 

In 2014, a new application was submitted for a five storey building with basement carparking and dwellings on levels 1-4 and use of the ground floor as a shop. 

It was appealed to VCAT which approved the development on 6 November 2015.

130 Bay St -  January 2011
21 February 2012

A few points drawn from the City of Port Phillip Statutory Planning Committee report of 21 February:

  • the site contains a single storey house that was previously consolidated from two single storey Victorian houses with a Spanish Mission style facade
  • the alterations to the building are considerable .. and have eroded its heritage integrity. 
  • it is considered that this section of Bay St is no longer consistent due to the loss of adjacent heritage buildings to the south.
  • given the lack of significance of this significantly modified building and the lack of heritage integrity and consistency ...  the heritage policy could be put aside to allow the building to be demolished.

Friday, October 6, 2017

237 Princes St, Port Melbourne

October 2017

The property will be sold by Cayzer on 21 October with endorsed plans for a three level dwelling.

2 February 2017

On this day, the City of Port Phillip granted a permit to demolish the house and replace it with a three storey dwelling. The application went back to 2015. (ref 1297/2015)

2 November 2015

Over a period of time 237 Princes St deteriorated to such an extent that it appeared it would just fall into a heap. I thought it was gone.
29 August 2011
And then it had a coat of paint and looks set for a new lease of life.

November 2015