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, May 10, 2022

25 Evans St, Port Melbourne

 May 2022

The house, or rather the land, at 25 Evans St is for sale by Biggin & Scott. The site is advertised as 'a blank canvas', with no heritage overlay.

58 Cruikshank St, Port Melbourne

May 2022

The planning notice advises the demolition of the existing dwelling, the construction of a two storey dwelling, a two storey garage/studio, basement and roof terrace.

58 Cruikshank St, Port Melbourne   May 2022

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

139 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne

May 2022

Demolition of 139 Esplanade West - some lathe and plaster still to be seen.

Demolition, 139 Esplanade West, May 2022

February 2020

The house at 139 Esplanade West, Port Melbourne was sold before auction. The site has an approved planning application for a three level townhouse by John Matyas architects.

February 2020
Sales history

139 Esplanade West was sold for 
  • $1,750,000 in February 2020
  • $902,000 in 2013
  • $521,000 in 2004 (source: realestate.com.au)

21 - 23 Lalor St, Port Melbourne

 May 2022

The former panel beaters, car painters and repairers, Holmes & Lovell, is for sale by Whitefox.

The vacated former auto repair shop at 21-23 Lalor St, May 2022

Sales history

The property was sold in 

  • March 2020 by private treaty for $2.5m
  • June 1986 by private treaty for $65k (source: Domain)

110 Raglan St, Port Melbourne

May 2022

The house at 110 Raglan St is for sale by Gary Peer. The house has been associated for many years with the Raglan Street gardener, Sandi Pullman. 

"One of three original terraces built in 1870, this cottage is one of Port Melbourne’s oldest buildings still in original & raw condition, retaining all its original ornate cast-iron lacework, high ceilings adorned with intricate roses & archways." (source: Gary Peer)

The site is covered by a Heritage Overlay in the City of Port Phillip planning scheme.

110 Raglan St, Port Melbourne May 2022

Saturday, April 9, 2022

253- 257 Normanby Rd, Fishermans Bend

R. Iconic, formerly known as the Oxford University Press site

April 2022

R Iconic from Ingles x Station, April 2022

R.Iconic is a 31 storey development comprising ground-floor retail, supermarket and a 5 level podium.

Construction is well underway, utilising HBS (Hickory Building System), a prefabricated and integrated construction solution with no live edge activities making it the safest system for multi-storey construction.

January 2021

Noting the status of this development at the start of 2021. The Oakwood development at 202 - 204 Normanby Rd (left) and the Normanby at 199 - 201 Normanby Rd (right) are clearly visible. The former Dunlop factory is in the foreground.

The development will contain 456 apartments over 37 and 40 storeys.

Builders: Hickory
Landscape: Paul Bungay

R Iconic viewed from Boundary St

September 2020

Work is underway on site.

R Iconic viewed from Boundary St

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 $36.35 m.

The site

81 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

April 2022

An aluminum screen has been installed along the Esplanade West/Dow St frontage. The project approaches completion.

81 Bridge St, Port Melbourne, April 2022

December 2021

81 Bridge St, Port Melbourne, December 2021

August 2020


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, carpark 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.

81 Bridge St, Port Melbourne 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.

277 - 281 Ingles St, Port Melbourne

April 2022

The site, now known as Port Melbourne Place, is for sale by expression of interest closing on 5 May. The sale is being conducted by Dawkins Occhiuto and Colliers.

A masterplan for the very large site is in place.

Marketing for the site relies heavily on Port Melbourne's attributes.

22 July 2020


9 December 2015

The City of Port Phillip considered the proposal to construct three mixed use towers of 2 x 34 storeys (105m approx.), and 1 x 52 storeys (158m approx.). 

The officers raised concerns about the 51 level tower. They preferred a tower of no more 40 levels. They did not support the over supply of car parking. 
  • "the height of the 51 level tower would be inappropriate and should be reduced to not more than 40 levels, and the street and/or side setbacks of Towers 1 and 2 should be increased to fully comply with the preferred minimums. 
  • concerns regarding the design of the new road between the towers, the location and design of open space, the level of activation facing Bertie Street, 
  • an over-supply of car parking"
Note: the Planning Minister is the decision maker for Capital City Zoned Fishermans Bend.

Site area: 2.21 ha

Saturday, March 12, 2022

385 Princes St, Port Melbourne

 March 2022

Progressio has put its mark on 385 Princes St, Port Melbourne.

385 Princes St, March 2022

March 2021

385 Princes St was sold by Biggin & Scott for $1,180,000 in March 2021

385 Princes St, February 2021

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

167 Ross St, Port Melbourne

March 2022

It is difficult to see the house under construction as it is obscured by the street tree.

167 Ross St, Port Melbourne, March 2022

December 2019

The site is clear.

December 2019

The planning application for a single dwelling, lodged on 14 August 2016, appears to have been contentious. It was appealed to VCAT twice - first the original application, and later an amendment was also appealed.  The permit was finally granted in April 2019. (planning permit reference 738/2016)

2 November 2015

This house at 167 Ross St, Port Melbourne was sold by Hocking Stuart for $1,101,000 on 10 October - the price reflecting the property's two street frontages and large, long block.

46 Station St, Port Melbourne

March 2022 

The property has been sold by Cayzer.

46 Station St, Port Melbourne, March 2022

Monday, February 7, 2022

187-201 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

February 2022

Port Lane is sold out.

The site has been cleared. Civ2Con are undertaking the civil and construction works.

from Todd Rd, P.M. in the background

October 2021

Demolition has begun.

Demolition underway at 187 - 201 Williamstown Rd, October 2021

February 2021

Port Lane, February 2021

The marketing for Port Lane explicitly retains the graffiti.

Port Lane, Todd Rd frontage February 2021

Marketing for Port Lane - 'a coastal community with urban flair'.

Port Lane at 201 Williamstown Rd 

December 2020

Marketing for the Port Lane townhouses approved in 2017. The architects for the development are Rothelowman. The landscape architects are Tract. 

ID_Land, Todd Rd, December 2020

1 November 2017

At the meeting of 1 November, the Port Phillip Council approved this development application subject to a range of conditions.

The proposal is to construct 122 three level townhouse dwellings, 15 of which would incorporate the saw tooth factory wall along the Todd Street boundary. All other buildings will be demolished.

The land is in the Wirraway Precinct of Fishermans Bend which has an interim mandatory 4-storey maximum height area (until 31 March 2018). The development clearly complies with this requirement.

The existing saw tooth factory fa├žade along Todd Road is part of the noise attenuation strategy for the development.

the real thing with graffiti - November 2017

render showing retained saw tooth roof wall via Rothelowman

Trees along the Williamstown Road frontage including the Wallangarra White Gum at the corner of Todd Road are to be retained, and existing trees along the north, east and west rear and side boundaries are to be protected.

21 different townhouse designs are proposed. Fifteen of the dwellings facing Todd Road would incorporate the retained redbrick sawtooth factory wall into their rear elevation.

Both VICT and Port of Melbourne Operations Ltd objected to the proposal on the basis that it could compromise the future workings of the Port.

The Council's response was to require that the development incorporate stringent noise attenuation measures and to include the following conditions:

All dwellings will be required to contain covenants to be registered on the Title of the property so as to run with the land, and must provide for the following:
  1. Confirm that the land is located adjacent to an active, 24 hour per day working port located at the Port of Melbourne;
  2. Acknowledge the adjacent Port is projected to expand and increase its operations from circa 1 million standard containers in 2017 to circa six million standard containers in 2040, generally in accordance with the Port Development Strategy 2035 Vision, Port of Melbourne Corporation, August 2009.

Port Phillip Council report 1 November 2017 Ref P0307/2017

The site

Neighbours - Port of Melbourne and 187 Williamstown Rd

Barak Beacon Rd estate

 January 2022

December 2021

The government released its intention to demolish the Barak Beacon estate and replace it with modern, energy efficient housing as part of the Big Housing Build.

Details of the project remain unclear at this time.

The Barak Beacon estate viewed from Barak x Boulevard, December 2021

The area bounded by Barak Road, Howe Parade, Beacon Road and The Boulevard was a Crown grant purchased by the Housing Commission in July, 1974. 

This aerial photograph shows the former US army sheds that occupied the site before the estate was built.  

Charles Daniel Pratt, State Library of Victoria

Friday, February 4, 2022

731-739 Flinders St, Docklands

2 February 2022

Construction has begun on the project, the first to begin in Melbourne since the pandemic began. 

12 January 2022

Icon Constructions has been appointed the builder for this project. Construction is due to begin early this year.

Carr architects will design the interiors, in a partnership with 1Hotel. 

30 March 2019

SH Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of Starwood Capital Group has partnered with developer Riverlee to open a 280 room 1 Hotel in the Fender Katsalidis approved development behind Goods Shed No 5.

'The group's focus is on serving organic food, monitoring and reducing energy use and its carbon footprint composting leftover food, and minimising plastic and paper use'

Construction is due to begin in 2020 and to be completed by 2022.

The $450m project includes restoration of the heritage crane, wharf, and goods shed and 3500 sm2 public park

(source: Simon Johanson Age 30 March 2019)

Saturday, January 29, 2022

541 Graham St, Port Melbourne

January 2022

The site is for sale by Dawkins Occhiuto.

541 Graham St, Port Melbourne, January 2022