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.

07 February 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





04 February 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)