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.

Monday, August 10, 2020

73 Heath St, Port Melbourne

August 2020

The original weatherboard cottage at 73 Heath Street was probably one of Port’s oldest homes, its slate hipped roof echoing Georgian influences rarely found in Victoria. Since it was in worse condition than imagined, reconstruction as a replica was the chosen solution. This included accurate positioning of windows, verandah and the rebuilt chimney. There’s a basement, and a two storey addition at the rear which provides a contrasting backdrop to the cottage. The owners were keen to retain the old house’s contribution to the streetscape, albeit in a new structure meeting modern building standards.

The chimney was rebuilt using recycled bricks from Paddy's Bricks in Kensington. 



73 Heath St, Port Melbourne


February 2019

The house at 73 Heath St has been demolished. Gone for now - but not for long as it will be re-constructed.

It was found that the hipped-roof front section was in such poor structural condition it could not be brought up to modern standards to meet building regulations and energy requirements.  Port Phillip Council building surveyors supported the demolition.

The cottage, with its slate roof and chimney will be reinstated, along with its double-hung windows. A more street sympathetic fence will enable a two way interaction between the house and the street.


73 Heath St, Port Melbourne 





Saturday, May 30, 2020

15-85 Gladstone St, Montague

May 2020

CEL Australia has suspended marketing for Fifteen85 until 2021 in response to weakened property market conditions attendant on the corona virus pandemic. (source: Financial Review 28 May 2020)
 

23 June 2018


Launch party for Tower 1, Fifteen85. A heavy emphasis on dogs - canine wellbeing, dog minding, dog grooming.

For people, there were crepes, hot dogs and fair trade coffee.

The burger people had reportedly crashed into the Montague Bridge.




June 2018

Fifteen85 

A sales office has opened on site with Tower 1 (of 3) to launch on 23 June. Elenberg Fraser are now the architects and the development is branded as Fifteen85. It has a new address 85 Gladstone Street.

The final approval was for three towers, rather than the four originally approved.

Tower 1 is the western most of the 3 towers and will contain 222 apartments. The podium level will be ' laden with greenery'.

The developer is CEL Australia.






December 2017

The site was sold by Colliers International  on 4 December 2017. Among the attributes of the site, Colliers listed

  • Enormous site area of 9,356sqm
  • Three extensive street frontages
  • Flexible Capital City Zone 1
  • Recently approved permit allowing for a landmark, mixed use project designed by world renowned Fender Katsalidis
  • Directly adjacent to the new South Melbourne Park Primary School, and newly designated park

August 2017

An amended permit was subsequently issued on 29 August 2017

21 June 2016




Amended plans for the site were considered by the City of Port Phillip. While the Council had no issue with changing the architect to Fender Katsalidis, the Council advised DEWLP that it did not support changes which included

  • reduced tower separation distances
  • reduced setbacks to Kerr and Buckhurst Sts
  • increasing the heights of towers 2 and 3 to 30 levels so that all four towers will be the same height

November 2014

On 29 November, a Labor government was elected with Daniel Andrews as Premier. Richard Wynne became the planning minister.

September 2014

Ministerial permit 2013/005499 was issued on 1 September 2014. The permit provides for a north-south link through the site, consistent podium heights and a reduction in height for the towers to 30 storeys.

4 June 2013

Marc Pallisco, the Age, reported on Saturday 1 June that Carlins has lodged an application for a staged development of 4 towers, the tallest of which will be 38 storeys, for their massive site on Buckhurst St.

The proposed development includes 1,023 flats.

The application, lodged on 27 May 2013, is listed on the Minister's Planning Permit register with scant further information at this time.

The site is large, 9,356 sqm and Buckhurst St is very wide. In the City of Port Phillip's plan for the suburb, Buckhurst was envisaged as the main street and community heart of Montague.

A different future to that imagined by Port Phillip is now unfolding, but at this time there is no clarity as to how such large developments will deliver any community benefit.
carlins-2
The Buckhurst St edge
corner Kerr x Buckhurst Sts, Montague
 corner Kerr x Buckhurst Sts, Montague 2013


1 June 2013


November 1989

The site was sold by private treaty for $453.499k. (source: Domain property report)

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

7 - 23 Spencer St, Melbourne

May 2020

Mirvac has submitted fresh plans for two large towers.

Mirvac purchased the site on Christmas Eve for $200m from a Chinese backed joint venture between China Century Group and Exhibition and Travel Group. 

(source: Simon Johanson, The Age 16 May 2020)

Architects: Fender Katsalidis 

Robur Tea House

May 2020



CostaFox acquired the building for $28 million from RJ International (Aus) Pty Ltd.

Heritage Victoria had refused a permit for its proposal to build a 24 storey hotel at the site adjoining the Tea House. (source: Southbank News, May 2020)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

89 Raglan St, Port Melbourne

June 2020


89 Raglan St, June 2020

March 2017

Re-incarnated in grey.


89 Raglan St, March 2017 

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.

89 Raglan St, July 2016

89 Raglan St, 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

2017

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

ALUMUNA

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

Normanby

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

The planning permit for this site was granted in September 2014.

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".

2017

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

2016


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.