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, October 4, 2020

10-16 Boundary St, South Melbourne

October 2020

The development was officially completed in August.

10 - 16 Boundary St, South Melbourne

Architects DKO describe the architecture this way:
"Externally, Habitus combines bronze aluminium detailing with pre-cast concrete and dark textured bricks – all of which pay homage to the locality’s industrial pedigree. Drawing inspiration from surrounding warehouses, the strong saw-tooth roof forms ensure the development is sympathetic to its streetscape. While the integrated landscaping softens the industrial edge creating a verdant inner-urban escape."
Explore Habitus Townhomes by Beulah.

10 - 16 Boundary St, May 2019

Habitus is a development of 27 four storey townhouses with basement carparking. 
A four storey height limit applies to the site. 

Builder Ironside Construction

Developer  Beulah International

Architect DKO

Landscape John Patrick

Website https://habitustownhomes.com.au/

City of Port Phillip Statutory Planning Committee 18 October 2016



237 Princes St, Port Melbourne

10 October 2020

All that remains of 237 Princes St - an outside laundry and a shed.

The uneven brick work of the neighbouring property is revealed.

all that remains of 237 Princes St

neighbouring brick wall
29 September 2020

Demolition underway. 


The final days of 237 Princes St, Port Melbourne 

September 2020

237 Princes St clings on but not for much longer it seems. An amendment to the planning permit has been sought to add a lift and a stair to the roof deck. 

October 2017

The property will be sold by Cayzer on 21 October for $1,400,000 with endorsed plans for a three level dwelling.




237 Princes St is for sale, October 2017
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.

237 Princes St, 29 August 2011

And then it had a coat of paint and looks set for a new lease of life.

237 Princes St, November 2015
Sales history

October 2017: $1,400,000
April 2014: $835k  
July 1997: $230k
March 1978: 32k

(source: domain.com.au)

Thursday, October 1, 2020

386 Graham St, Port Melbourne

 October 2020

386 Graham St, October 2020
15 October 2015
386 Graham St, the site is cleared
2015

The shop on the corner, March 2015 

Sales history

July 2019: $935,000

July 1982: $42,500

(source: realestate.com.au)


Sunday, September 27, 2020

153 Clark St, Port Melbourne

September 2020

Looking comfortable in Clark St.

153 Clark St, September 2020

detail, 153 Clark St, September 2020

December 2019

December 2019


153 Clark St is a modern interpretation of the Victorian terrace. Architectural practice Third Skin has been developing sustainable, modular design and delivery systems which have come together in Habitech Systems. This house is an example. The houses are super energy efficient.

Read more about the house, The Modern Victorian, and HabitechSystems.

2019

The house on site was demolished.

source: onthehouse.com.au




Sunday, September 20, 2020

67 - 69 Buckhurst St, South Melbourne

September 2020

Stowe Australia, an electrical contracting group, has sold its head office in Buckhurst St on 23 July for around $6.4 million. The property was constructed by Andrew Schwartz in the 1980s. The property was purchased by Incore Developments who plan to build a 12 storey office building on the site. (source: Nicole Lindsay, The Age, 19 September)

Stowe has moved to 115 - 117 Salmon St.

67 - 69 Buckhurst St, South Melbourne 

December 1983 sold by private treaty for $227k. (source: Domain)  

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

118 Bertie St, Port Melbourne

9 September 2020

118 Bertie St, Port Melbourne


The Minister for Planning announced approval of this 20 storey Build to Rent development this week.

The proposal provides for 
  • 165 Build to Rent dwellings, of which 34 dwellings are three-bedroom dwellings – equating to 20% of the dwelling stock.
  • a 6 storey podium form with tower above to a total of 20 storeys 
  • 204 bicycle spaces, 101 car parking spaces, 6 car share spaces and 8 motorcycle spaces.
Architects: Mako architects 

25 September 2019

The planning officer at the City of Port Phillip assesses the application. (Ref: 2014002000-1, Minister for Planning, 3/2014/MPA/A, Council

February 2018

The application was called in by the Minister for Planning

15 December 2017

The permit applicant lodged an application fore review against DELWP for failure to decide the application within 60 statutory days with the Planning List of the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (VCAT)

The planning permit application was made in June 2016.

The property was sold by private treaty in July 2015 for $7.7m (source: Domain)

In 1996 it was sold for $820k. 

2-28 Montague St, 80 Munro St, Fishermans Bend

9 September 2020

80 Johnson St, a boundary of 2 - 28 Montague St

A 15, 24 and 38 storey development was approved by the Minister for Planning this week.

Developer: Gurner
Architect: Cox architecture

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 Fishermans Bend 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.

2015

intersection of Montague and Munro Sts, 2015




Sunday, September 13, 2020

275 Princes St, Port Melbourne

September 2020

Settled into the streetscape.



November 2018

All moved in and creepers growing up the Farrell St wall.




July 2018



The timber is spotted gum.

October 2017

Part demolition of the rear of 275 Princes St is underway. The front rooms of the house will be retained.


October 2017
Look at those bricks - October 2017

Planning matters

The City of Port Phillip approved application 112/2016 for 'part demolition; alterations and additions including a two-storey addition to rear of the existing dwelling and the construction of a new front fence' on 8 June 2017. 

The decision was appealed to VCAT which approved the application on 26 September 2017.

25 September 2016

Looking sad. Weeds in the clever garden beds on top of the wall admired a year or so ago.
Apparently terminal decline while planning matters are being resolved.


October 2013

The house was sold on 5 October 2013 for $760,000. (source Buxton)

Two disappearing features of houses - the Hills Hoist and the sleepout.

photo credit Buxton






Wednesday, September 9, 2020

203 - 205 Normanby Rd, Fishermans Bend

9 September 2020

A 36 level development approved was approved by the Minister this week after being reviewed by the Standing Advisory Committee. 

Click here for the full report of the Standing Advisory Committee on 203 - 205 Normanby Rd. 

May 2020

The Standing Advisory Committee hearing has concluded and the report is awaited.

September 2019

Referred to the Standing Advisory Committee for consideration.


Tuesday, August 25, 2020

81 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

August 2020
Lockdown

The site has been secured. The basement has been excavated and retaining walls constructed.



81 Bridge St, the site secured, August 2020

81 Bridge St, basement with retaining walls

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.

Monday, August 24, 2020

53-63 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

also known as Catherine Terrace

August 2020

53 - 63 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

Find out more about the history of Catherine Terrace in this article by Ray Jelley from the Port Melbourne Historical and Preservation Society.

January 2018

Extensive renovations are underway.

January 2018

May 2017

Wallpaper is revealed as the rear of the building is removed.




29 January 2017

Revealing the roof


53-63 Bridge St - January 2017

10 April 2016

The planning permit phase 


53-63 Bridge St - April 2016

Planning Application No 179/2016 has been lodged for partial demolition and construction of alterations and additions of ground and first floor additions to the rear of the existing four single storey dwellings.

Source: City of Port Phillip planning permit register

11 May 2015

The houses sold on 9 May for $3,690,000.

9 April 2015

These three houses had not been offered for sale since 1959.

The houses were sold to Robert and Ella Atkinson by James George McCormack and William Thomas McCormack - associated with the nearby Cricketers Arms Hotel.

On 25 August 1967, the Housing Commission wrote to Mr Atkinson advising that under Section 56 of the Housing Act, the premises at 53, 55, 57, 59 and 63 Bridge St 'did not comply in certain respects to the Housing (Standards of Habitation) Regulations.'

He was instructed to bring the housing up to the Housing Commission's acceptable standards.

By 1971 Mr Atkinson  had made sufficient improvements for the Housing Commission to write again saying that ‘in view of the overall improvement in these properties, commission interest could now cease.'

Source: PROV VPRS 1824/P/0000 - 000042

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 





Sunday, June 7, 2020

246 Stokes St, Port Melbourne

from cnr Farrell & Stokes Sts

July 2008

from cnr Farrell & Stokes St, July 2008

This house on this corner belonged for many years to Adrian James Bailes.

Jim Bailes at the Port Melbourne Community Carnival in 2007