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.

18 December 2022

272 - 280 Normanby Rd, South Melbourne

December 2022

The Canopy by Gamuda Land December 2022 

The section of Johnson St that will be closed to create a park

The plan for the site includes closing a section of Johnson St to become a park.

Gamuda is planning a "Miyawaki' micro forest approach to the landscaping of this project, an approach the company had successfully applied to other projects.

Gamuda is working with the Murri:Yul urban design advisory firm to develop plans for the landscaping. (source: The Age 4 December 2022)

October 2022

HIP V. HYPE's Better Buildings team will be advising Gamuda Land on this $180-million mixed use apartment project.

This advice will build upon six sustainability principles for the Fishermans Bend precinct: low carbon, water sensitive, climate adept, connected and liveable, low waste and biodiverse. (source: HIP V HYPE)

29 September 2022

The Port Phillip Council supported plans for a 20 level development with 4 and 6 levels podiums at their meeting on 29 September. 

The plans superseded the 17 March 2021 Ministerial approval of Planning Scheme Amendment C177port for a 24 level building.

The development proposal includes the construction of a linear park on Johnson St between Normanby Rd and Munro St in accordance with the Fishermans Bend Framework. 

The applicant is Gamuda Land. The development is to be known as The Canopy

“We believe it’s no longer acceptable to merely adopt green building design, but essential to ensure every building or public space is making a positive green contribution to the place and its people. For us to do this, we have to work with nature and not against it,” said Ngan Chee Meng, Chief Executive Officer, Gamuda Land. (source: Business Today, 30 September 2022)

Canopy is designed by Hayball Architects, Oculus and Hip V. Hype.

July 2022

Malaysian property developer, Gamuda Land, bought the 2,600 sqm property late last year for $24 million, where it intends to deliver 200 apartments over 20 levels. The project will see over 6,000 native plants and trees planted and public green space included in the project.

Three years ago, Spec Property – the development arm of Samma Property Group – submitted plans for the site that included 307 apartments, 8% of which would be affordable housing. (source: Australian Property Journal 14 July 2022)

April 2021

Following a thorough examination of the issues by the Fishermans Bend Standing Advisory Committee, the Minister for Planning approved planning amendment C177 to the Port Phillip Planning Scheme which was gazetted on 31 March 2021.

The most significant element of the amendment is reducing the height of the building from a proposed 40 storeys to 24 storeys. 

The incorporated document runs to 21 pages of detailed conditions. A few of them are highlighted below:
  • The tower setbacks increased to a minimum of 10 metres from Johnson Street and Munro Street
  • At least 20% of dwellings to contain three or more bedrooms, with a plan to transition to 25% of all dwellings containing three of more bedrooms. 
  • At least 25% of all car parking spaces on all levels to have access to an EV charging point.
  • Provide for the delivery of at least 6% of the total number of dwellings, for affordable housing before the development is occupied.
The SAC's report and the incorporated document can be accessed from the Fishermans Bend Standing Advisory Committee webpage.

January 2021

The building is being used as a worksite for R. Iconic opposite at 253 - 257 Normanby Rd. A homeless person finds shelter in a doorway. The landscape is unkempt. 

Planning for this site has still to be resolved. 

the site from the corner of Normanby & Johnson St, 2021

In October 2018, the site was sold for $12.7m (source: Domain)

4 October 2017

The City of Port Phillip considered the application on 4 October 2017.
  • The proposal is for a 40 level mixed use tower including a five level podium.
  • A 4.5m wide pedestrian through block lane/link is proposed along the north-east side of the site,  The link would be covered at first floor level for weather protection and wind mitigation.
  • The development proposed five affordable dwellings.
The Council resolved to advise the Minister that it did not support the application, but should the Minister approve it, a suite of suggested conditions have been prepared.

source: City of Port Phillip report of 4 October 2017  Planning application reference nos: DELWP ref: 16/00106, Council ref: MINRA 0004/2016/A


27 June 2016


the site from the corner of Normanby & Johnson St, 2016


8 May 2015

from the corner of Normanby & Johnson St, 2015

In February 2015, the site was sold for $14m by private treaty. (source: Domain)

The site

The site was formerly part of Dunlops extensive operation as shown in the Mahlstedt plan below.



The irregular shaped lot is 2,609 square metres in area. 




16 December 2022

245 Normanby Rd, South Melbourne

December 2022

Avion

A Build To Rent development of 40 storeys by CHT Architects to be known as Avion. This is the site behind R Iconic currently being prepared for development

Blue Earth Group and Hamilton Marino will deliver the project for the developer, Local, which will comprise 421 apartments over 40 levels when complete. (source: Architecture & Design)

The fully electric, carbon-neutral building will offer one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments and will provide more than 1400sq m of communal space.

Matt Berg and Dan McLennan are co-CEOs of Local.

The platform is focused on providing a better and fairer alternative to the current rental market by providing diversified housing at an attainable price in an inclusive community for residents.

Blue Earth bought the site in 2015. 

Builder: Hamilton Marino

Architect: CHT Architects 


253- 257 Normanby Rd, Fishermans Bend

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

December 2022

R Iconic viewed from cnr Pickles & Ingles St

April 2022

R Iconic from Ingles x Station Sts, April 2022

R.Iconic is a 32 level 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







103 Beach St, Port Melbourne

formerly The Beacon Cove Foodstore

December 2022

Agreement was reached between the developer, City of Port Phillip (Council) and other parties at a VCAT compulsory conference last week.

The development has been approved without the sixth level (a roof terrace), and with levels 3 and 4 shifted east by 0.5m and no western terrace on level 3.

November 2022

The developer has decided to appeal the City of Port Phillip’s approval granted on 28 July 2022.

The developer is contesting many of the conditions Council attached to the planning approval and suggesting amendments to others. The conditions being contested include:

  • A requirement for design methods to slow the speed of cyclists.
  • The setbacks of a minimum of five metres from the eastern and western boundaries for levels 3 and 4.
  • The requirement to provide a second entrance to the supermarket on the southern side.
  • The deletion of the sixth level (a roof terrace) and lowering of the height of the building.
  • The requirement that the entrance to the apartments be from Beach Street.
  • Design of basement ramp in relation to on-site waste collection.
VCAT has scheduled a compulsory conference for 7 December 2022 and a Hearing in March 2023.

September 2022

Demolition of the building was undertaken by MANN Group, and completed on 3 September.

Demolition by MANN Group, September 2022

July 2022

At the Port Phillip Council planning meeting on 28 July, the officer recommendation was to approve the application for an amendment to the already approved permit.

Cr Cunsolo moved that the amendment be refused. She was supported by fellow Gateway Ward councillors Marcus Pearl and Peter Martin but the motion was defeated.

She then proposed a second motion to delete the roof terraces, as follows: 

"Delete the roof terraces and associated stair access from top level units, delete central stair to roof, and minimise lift overrun, the highest parapet reduced to RL 22.5 around plant equipment in the centre of the roof. A roof access hatch to access services is allowed." (condition ii)

That change was supported and passed. 

It is unclear at this time what the response of the developer, Luxcon, will be. 

Mirvac's support for a variation to the covenant in place is also required. 

(refer to Port Phillip Planning Committee unconfirmed minutes 28 July 2022)

March 2022

Luxcon have applied for an amendment to their planning permit. The amendment proposes an increase from 12 to 22 residential units, the addition of another storey to 5 levels,  and to 794 sq m of retail space and the reorientation of the pedestrian entrance.

The number of car parking spaces would increase from 30 to 51 and bicycle spaces from 24 to 46.

The City of Port Phillip is assessing the amendment application. 

October 2021

103 Beach St, October 2021

Branding for Pier 103 Waterfront Residences wraps around the former Beacon Cove foodstore.

September 2021

A hoarding has been placed around the building while the developer prepares revised plans to put to Port Phillip Council. Carr architects have been engaged to prepare the revised design. 

The hoarding has since been defaced with anti-vaccination, anti-lockdown graffiti.

103 Beach St, September 2021

July 2021

The site has been purchased by Sydney-based developer Ilya Melnikoff for $16.65 million. This will be only their second project in Melbourne - the first being in Albert St, East Melbourne.

The 1400 sq m site was acquired from Melbourne developer V-Leader, which paid $11.2 million for it in 2017.

The development will be re-branded as Pier 103 Waterfront Residences. 

April 2020

The last trading day for the IGA Beacon Cove Foodstore was 3 April 2020.

Beacon Cove Foodstore, April 2020
November 2019

VCAT issued  planning permit 673/2015 on 6 February 2017. The permit allowed for the construction of a three storey building containing a supermarket and restaurant at ground level and 14 dwellings above and a reduction of the car parking and loading bay requirements.

An amendment to that permit was sought. It proposed the addition of an extra storey to create a four storey (15.1m high) building, the reduction of the number of dwellings (from 14 to 12), rearrangement of the basement car park, modify car parking (including car parking to the north of the site) and reduce the clearance height of the building above the shared path on the eastern side of the site and internal changes.

The City of Port Phillip supported the amendment and a permit with conditions was issued. (see City of Port Phillip planning report 27 November 2019)

The architects for the amended design are  Wood Marsh Architecture, responsible for nearby MINTAlumuna and Beacon. Wood Marsh has its offices in the ground floor of the Beacon building on Beach St.

1 April 2015

The site was purchased for $11 million by Key Infrastructure Australia in December 2014. They plan to demolish it and replace it with a three level 15 unit project.  

The Beacon Cove Foodstore in 2015

2010

Bernard Mandile and the Beacon Cove Foodstore were one and the same. Bernard had Villagio  Delicatessen in Albert Park before being encouraged to be an anchor tenant in emerging Beacon Cove.

Bernard Mandile outside the Beacon Cove Foodstore, December 2010


1990s

The Beacon Cove Foodstore under construction c1994 photo Ron Cassano

04 December 2022

Hibernian Hotel, 358 Graham St, Port Melbourne

December 2022

The permit will expire if the development has not commenced by 6 November 2024.

The permit (CoPP reference 310/2009B) has already been extended several times. 

November 2010

There was a fire at the Hibernian Hotel on the afternoon of Sunday 28th November 2010. This followed a serious fire earlier in the year, on Sunday 25th July, that left eleven people at risk of homelessness. Police are treating the fire as suspicious. 




The Hibernian, cnr Ross & Graham Sts

Background

The Hibernian was built in 1868. Originally a rough structure - it suffered a serious fire in 1871!

photo Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society

10 Cumberland Rd, Port Melbourne

 December 2022

The home of former Mayor and Councillor of the City of Port Melbourne, Perce White, is for sale by Whitefox. The house had been renovated according to designs by architect Brad Hooper who used to live in Port Melbourne.

Perce White died on 1 June. 

10 Cumberland Ave, December 2022

10 Cumberland Ave for sale by Whitefox, December 2022 


19 November 2022

166 Evans St, Port Melbourne

 November 2022

166 Evans St was sold by Cayzer on 22nd October for $910,000.


166 Evans St, November 2022


17 October 2022

1 - 7 Waterfront Place, Port Melbourne

 A brief chronology of 1 - 7 Waterfront Place

1 - 7 Waterfront Place in November 2010


1988

Bayside Project Act passed. The Minister for Planning becomes the Responsible Authority for the Bayside site

1989

EPA issues site clean up notice. Remediation works

1992

Bayside Open Planning Forum (August)

1993

Government calls for expressions of interest to develop the site

1994

Mirvac named as preferred developer. Draws up precinct plans

1995

Construction begins - including 1 - 7 Waterfront Place including gym and childcare centre

2009


2012 

City of Port Phillip prepares draft Urban Design Guidelines for the site in anticipation of an application

Action Group sought a permit for three buildings up to 19 storeys tall. The application was refused.

2014

Fire broke out on the site in the early hours of 14 September and buildings extensively damaged

2017

A planning application for a single 10 storey tower made, and refused by City of Port Phillip. Appealed to VCAT.

2018

On 30 July 2018, the Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, calls in the application, the same day that the application was scheduled to be heard at VCAT. 

2019

In October, the applicant appeals the Minister's call in to the Supreme Court which rules in favour of the Minister

2019

Minister appoints an Advisory Committee to consider a revised application. The applicant withdraws from the process

2020

August - a new application is made to the City of Port Phillip

2021

Approved by the Port Phillip Council on 24 June (with conditions)

2021

Developer appeals City of Port Phillip decision to VCAT

2022

VCAT hearing set down for 23 - 25 March

2022

VCAT approves the development and sets aside the conditions that were in dispute.

VCAT REFERENCE NO. P11346/2021

PERMIT APPLICATION NO. 490/2020


04 October 2022

15 - 85 Gladstone St, Montague

June 2022

Greystar has appointed ICON to build this $500m project.

The build-to-rent project will include 700 apartments across three towers plus 850sq m of retail space.

The architects are Scott Carver.  

View the project page for 15 - 85 Gladstone St.

Site preparation is underway by Delta.

site preparation, viewed from Kerr St, June 2022

March 2021

Greystar acquired the property from Chip Eng Seng subsidiary CEL Australia for $65 million. 

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

15 - 85 Gladstone St, Montague

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.


Launch party for Fifteeen85, (Gladstone St), June 2018

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


Kerr St frontage of the development site 15 - 85 Gladstone St, 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 apartments.

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 frontage, June 2013

corner Kerr x Buckhurst Sts, Montague
 corner Kerr x Buckhurst Sts, Montague 2013


1 June 2013

Kerr St frontage of development site 15 - 85 Gladstone St, June 2013

November 1989

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

23 September 2022

92 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

 September 2022

The former tailor shop will go to auction on 8 October. 

92 Bridge St, Port Melbourne, September 2022




17 September 2022

Exchange Hotel, 39 Bay St, Port Melbourne

 September 2022

The Exchange Hotel was sold by Burgess Rawson on 15 September. 

The venue is leased to 2031 to the Australian Venue Company. 

The Exchange Hotel in Bay St, Port Melbourne  August 2022



12 September 2022

237 York St, South Melbourne

 September 2022

The impeccable restoration and additions to 237 York St (cnr Morris St)  by Plico Design Studio.

237 York St (cnr Morris St), South Melbourne  September 2022

April 2021

This modest house on the corner of York and Morris St is being renovated by Plico Design Studio which has a commitment to the adaptive re-use of heritage buildings. 

237 York St, South Melbourne April 2021

A glimpse of the rear of 237 York St, South Melbourne

03 September 2022

81 Bridge St, Port Melbourne

September 2022

The project is complete.

completion of 81 Bridge St, September 2022

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

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, 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.