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.

09 September 2023

92 Beach St and 2 to 4 Princes St, Port Melbourne

September 2023

Now named New London House, the development is for sale by expressions of interest closing on 12 October at 2.00 pm. Stonebridge is handling the sale. 

92 Beach St, December 2021

October 2020

An impressive shoring arrangement was used in the basement retention system of the London apartments (formerly the London Hotel) comprising sand, Moray Street Gravels & Coode Island Silt located less than 100 m from the shore of Port Phillip Bay.

Read more about how the builders, engineers and geotechnical experts approached the basement of the site in this article from This is construction. (October 2020)

May 2019

The site lies vacant.

The cleared site of the former London Hotel

The London

Demolition of the London began on 7 March 2017.

only the outer walls remain standing - the London

City of Port Phillip Planning Application No 1220/2016 for the construction of an eight storey building comprising ground floor restaurant (270 patrons) and 32 dwellings. The dwelling mix is 4 x one bedroom units, 17 x two bedroom units and 11 x three bedroom units. Three basement levels are proposed with 42 car spaces, six bicycle spaces, storage and other associated facilities.  

The Council decision of 6 September 2017 to approve the development was appealed by the applicant to VCAT. 
VCAT said about the proposal:  
Ultimately we conclude that a high density, mixed use development on the subject land can make a significant and positive contribution to multiple outcomes sought by the scheme. Those outcomes include housing growth and diversity, activation of the public realm between Station Pier and Bay Street, and passive surveillance of the public realm. 

However, the building’s impacts on the public and private realms are not acceptable. Although changes could be made to reduce amenity impacts on neighbours to an acceptable level, the extent of overshadowing of the foreshore reserve is such that we do not consider a net community benefit is achieved. 

The positive outcomes associated with this permit application are not, however, outweighed by the negative impacts upon the public and private realms that would result if this development is approved in its current form. We are not satisfied that the outcomes and design objectives of DDO1 are met nor State and local policies that emphasise the important civic role of the foreshore and its pathways.

Most specifically, we find the extent of overshadowing of the foreshore (including the bicycle and pedestrian paths) and the loss of amenity to abutting dwellings, particularly No. 90 Beach Street, to be unacceptable impacts from the proposal.

Conditions were imposed to address these concerns and VCAT issued a permit on 7 March 2018. 

November 2010

The London Hotel, November 2010

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