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.

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

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

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

In July 2018, the Minister for Planning calls in the application

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.
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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)