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The plans superseded the 17 March 2021 Ministerial approval of Planning Scheme Amendment C177port for a 24 level building.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