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.

Sunday, May 24, 2020

89 Raglan St, Port Melbourne

May 2020

May 2020 
March 2017

Re-incarnated in grey.

August  2016

The former corner shop at Heath x Raglan St was sold for $1,502m by Chisholm & Gamon.
While looking neat and tidy over the past year, it had been through a graffiti-ed patch which led to much exasperation from neighbours.

July 2016

In 2010

Thursday, May 21, 2020

253- 257 Normanby Rd, Fishermans Bend

formerly known as the Oxford University Press site.

May 2020

R Iconic is 'coming soon'. Refer to R Corporation's website to see what the development will look like. 

May 2020 

March 2020

Work has resumed on site.

Exemplary tree protection on both Normanby Rd and Boundary St.

August 2019

The site is being cleared by Delta.

August 2019

December 2017

Development permit No. PA170223 was approved by the Minister for Planning - dated 5 December 2017.

VCAT Ref P1604/2017.

September 2017

The Oxford University Press site 

R Corporation's proposal for this site includes constructing two towers of 33 and 42 storeys including a five level podium containing ground floor level retail and townhouse dwellings, and apartments and a 147 room residential hotel above.

The Minister for Planning is the decision maker for this site, but the Council's advice is sought.

The Council resolved to advise the Minister that they did not support the application because, amongst other things

  • Tower 1 would overshadow Tower 2
  • The communal open space would be overshadowed
  • The buildings would overshadow nearby Fennell Reserve between 11.00am and 2pm on September 22 
  • Visual bulk
  • Poor thermal performance 
The proposal is headed to VCAT since a decision was not made within the required time frame. There will be a Directions Hearing on 05 or 22 October (tbc) and a hearing commencing 28 November 2017 for four days. 

To get a sense of the Council's concerns, view the renderings

The full Council report 19 September 2017

8 June 2016

R Corporation bought the Oxford University Press site for more than $30 million.

The site

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

2-28 Montague St, 80 Munro St, South Melbourne

April 2020

The Mazda branding has been removed.

2-28 Montague St from cnr Munro and Montague Sts s/e cnr 21 April 2020

The Standing Advisory Committee will conduct a hearing on this application. It will run for 5 days.

The revised application is for three towers of 34, 28 and 26 levels.

26 February 2020

The City of Port Phillip considered the amended application at a meeting on 26 February. Their concerns related to:
  • alignment with the Fishermans Bend Framework
  • the lack of detail on future stages
Reference: http://www.portphillip.vic.gov.au/February-2020-meetingagendas.htm


Applicant: Gurner
Application originally lodged: October 2017 for 3 towers - 1 x 37 storey, 2 x 40 storey comprising 692 dwellings and 916 car parking spaces.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

9 Johnston St and 57 Rouse St, Port Melbourne


March 2020

The final touch - installation of Bundjil.

on Johnson St

Sculptor Brendan Hackett
Design concept Ngarra Murray

January 2020

Finishing touches being applied to the upper level of Alumuna.

Johnson St
The development was completed by Schiavello Construction.

July 2018

Bayside Construct, builders of this development, have gone into administration with 49 people made redundant. (source AFR 10 July 2018)

April 2016

Marketing begins for the Alumuna development by Wood Marsh architecture. Wood Marsh's Beacon project is in the same block.

Developer Peter Maher, Strange Fellow Investments

September 2015

An application was lodged with the City of Port Phillip on the 9 September 2015 for development of a six storey building containing 28 apartments.

The site had been used for carparking for many years.

9 Johnston St, Port Melbourne

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

199-201 Normanby Rd, Southbank

May 2020

The development is under construction. It is immediately opposite Oakwood, 202 - 204 Normanby Rd, also under construction.

Worth a reminder that the planning permit for this site was granted in September 2014.

from Normanby Rd, looking south. The Gravity Tower on Montague St to the right.
The site is separated from the Southbank Tram Depot by Woodgate St.

July 2019

Capital Alliance has appointed Crema Group as the builder on its $200 million mixed-use project, Normanby.

The 40-storey tower will include a 200-room hotel by Marriott, as well as 100 one, two and three bedroom apartments.

Construction will begin this month and is expected to be completed by early 2021.

July 2018

The permit for this site has been amended to include an AC Marriott Hotel. It will also include a reduced number of apartments - 111. (source: AFR, July 9 2018)

June 2018

199-201 Normanby Rd, formerly a scrap metal merchant, is becoming Normanby. Marketing has begun for Normanby Melbourne.

Note the Gravity Tower to the rear and right of the photograph and 'cash for scrap' indicating the site's former use as a scrap metal recycling facility.

June 2018
November 2017

Capital Alliance purchased the site from the scrap metal dealer for $13.5m in November 2017, $11 psm.

Permit 2013/009628 was issued by Planning Minister Matthew Guy on 1 September 2014.

Height 121m
Levels 40 levels
Architect DKO Architecture

November 2015

On the move again. The scrap metal merchant's premises are for sale.

November 2015

September 2014

Planning permit was issued by Planning Minister Matthew Guy on 1 September 2014.

Monday, May 4, 2020

10/339 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

May 2020

The buildings on site are being demolished.

10/339 Williamstown Rd, May 2020
Site clearance is by Green Demolition & Earthworks.

Planning permit 1060/2016/A was granted on 18 February 2020

April 2020

The project formerly known as The Fields is now advertised as The Evelyn by BSPK. The project has 23 dwellings, including 2 four bedroom penthouses.

Architects: Schmidt and Pang Architects

339 Williamstown Rd April 2020

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

Princes St, Port Melbourne

April 2020

Brick and Gable House by Breathe Architecture. The house was completed in 2018.

April 2020

Saturday, April 25, 2020

14 Woodruff St, Port Melbourne

The Soap Factory

April 2020

Work continues on the Soap Factory.
Ingles St frontage, April 2020
Musk Architecture The Soap Factory

MUSK Studio "embraces the unique circumstances of each project to uncover original design solutions that are personally engaging and enrich the environment in which we all share".


It was reported that Harry Stamoulis sold the red brick 7036 red brick warehouse for $10m. (source: The Age 2 February 2017)

Sold - April 2017


For sale: cnr Woodruff & Ingles St - December 2016
Ingles St, December 2016

Late afternoon May 2016, from Woodruff St 

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

81 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

April 2020

Work has begun on site.

Esplanade West towards Bridge St 21 04 2020
August 2019

The site is cleared by Green Demolitions and Earthworks.

81 Bridge St, August 2019

April 2019

Six three level dwellings are for sale by Cayzer - each with an indicative sale price of  $2,100,000.

April 2019

March 2018

The site is secured. 

March 2018
September 2017

The planning application was refused by the City of Port Phillip and appealed to VCAT.

June 2017

Planning application 164/2017 is being advertised for six three storey townhouses with rooftop terraces.

November 2016

The site is still for sale.

July 2016

The property is for sale again by Greg Hocking, Holdsworth. Now just a development site: 'the site, the sounds, the scope'. The property 'damaged and dilapidated.'

cnr Bridge x Esplanade West 07 2016

September 2015

81 Bridge St sold for $3,700.000. Agents Hocking Stuart described the property as offering 'an increasingly rare "blank canvas" opportunity to renovate/build a district showpiece (STCA), or explore the enormous multi-townhouse development potential (STCA).'

From spectacular to dilapidated

Following a fire in 2014, this unusual house has collapsed into a sorry crumble of bricks and roof.
This corner block has become pure potential. The lush green billboard promises a good yield.

June 2015
Shortly after the fire in November 2014

24 11 2014
Here is the house looking proud on a beautiful day in March 2009.

Addressing the corner
Image David Thompson 
David Thompson explains how this unusual house - for Port - came to be built.

11 Evans St, Port Melbourne

April 2020

Looks like demolition is not far away.

11 Evans St, 21 April 2020
March 2020

A planning application has been submitted to the City of Port Phillip for the demolition of the dwelling and the construction of two double storey dwellings with roof terrace. (ref 132/2020)

June 2019

The house was sold by Marshall White on 22 June for $1,700,000.

It was last sold in 1976 for $41,000.

28 April 2016


Garden inventory

A lemon tree 

Thursday, April 16, 2020

106 and 108 Stokes St, Port Melbourne

Thelma and Carmel

Thelma and Carmel in April 2020
'Until March 1902, this site was occupied by a pair of five roomed wooden houses. By March 1903, the owner, Patrick Darcy had erected a pair of five room brick houses. The pair ... are of great importance as intact single storey polychrome brick terraced houses. Both houses have two double hung sash windows with a front door towards the middle of the building. The viruoso use of brick around the windows and doors would be equalled by few houses of this size in Melbourne. Between the verandah and the parapet is a colourful row of glazed tiles interspersed with pairs of brackets and garlands. The central portion of the parapet is constructed in red brick contrasting with the dark brown used in the rest of the house. Elaborate cement render consoles support a central pediment on each house, and under this is the name, also in unpainted cement render. The chimneys are constructed in red and yellow bricks with a refined cement render capping.'

source: Port Melbourne Conservation Study prepared by Jacobs Lewis Vines Architects and Conservation Planners July 1979

Sunday, April 12, 2020

202 - 214 Normanby Rd, Southbank

April 2020

Oakwood is a 40 storey building, comprising 392 serviced apartments.

"The conceptual design for this 40-storey hotel has been shaped by the history of the local area, which has been predominantly industrial. The design took inspiration from the idea of interlocking mechanical parts and the sleek finish of contemporary machinery" according to the architects' website.

202 - 204 Normanby Rd, April 2020
Architects: CHT perhaps superseded by Rothelowman (source: Skyscraper city)

Builders: Hamilton Marino

Planning permit history

Application received: 29 06 2015

Permit issued: 14 07 2017

Amendment to permit20 03 2019

Yarra Hotel Group Oakwood Premier Melbourne – Normanby Road Southbank

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

538 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne

The Standard 

April 2020

The lights are on in the northern most part of the development.

from Williamstown Rd April 2020
October 2019

The townhouses are going up following the near completion of the apartments facing Williamstown Rd.

from south western corner Ross and Raglan Sts, October 2019
July 2018

Demolition has finished. The site is clear.

Note the proximity to North Port Oval with the Norm Goss stand clearly in view.

 from corner Ross x Raglan, July 2018
May 2018

Deconstruction of the buildings continues behind these hoardings.

from Raglan St looking east towards Ross St, May 2018
March 2018

Demolition of the buildings on site has begun.

December 2017

Approval was sought for an amendment to the permit to allow for a five level building with 15 apartments (9 x two bedroom and 6 x 1 bedroom) and 17 x three storey three bedroom townhouses.

June 2017

Marketing has begun for The Standard "Townhomes and Boutique apartments". Front row seats for the Football at North Port Oval - surprisingly not mentioned in the many locational advantages in the promotional material.

June 2017

The Standard will be made up of 17 three bedroom townhouses, and 15 one and two bedroom apartments.

Developer: The Cubo Group

Architects: JAM Architects

July 2015

The site of ATA Distributors (Abrahsives, Tapes, Adhesives Packaging Systems) was sold by Mulcahy & Co in July 2015.

June 2015

Planning application 667/2015 was approved by the City of Port Phillip for a four storey building with 11 apartments and 17 townhouses.

Sales history

The site was sold for  $7,400,000 in January 2016 and $600,000 in July 1991. (source: realestate.com)


While the focus of this photograph is on the premises of J Kitchen and Son, the site of 538 Williamstown Rd is clearly shown.

Charles Daniel Pratt Feburary 1939 State Library of Victoria