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.

28 August 2023

181 Rouse St, Port Melbourne

 August 2023

The property is for sale by auction on 9 September by Cayzer.  The site has three street frontages and a land area of 158 sq m. It is in the Mixed Use Zone of Port Melbourne. 

181 Rouse St, Port Melbourne, August 2023

Sales History

1984:    $49,000

1978:     $19,500 (source: realestate.com)

21 August 2023

15 - 85 Gladstone St, Montague

August 2023

The project is underway.

Greystar's BTR project from Kirrip Park, August 2023

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 Scott Carver's 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


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.
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)

18 August 2023

Ingles x Heath St, Port Melbourne

 August 2023

The weeds grow abundantly on the cleared site. Planar Arc's banner is on the Ingles St fence. 

The weeds respond to the rain and the site disturbance

March 2023

The site is cleared for the development, March 2023

May 2016

Facing Ingles St, cnr of Ingles x Heath, May 2016

The backyard on Ingles St, May 2016

15 August 2023

269 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

 August 2023

The 1,591 sq m site was sold by Lemon Baxter after an expression of interest process which closed on 6 July. 

12 August 2023

13 - 33 Hartley St & 95 - 97 Lorimer St

 August 2023

13 - 33 Hartley St and 95 - 97 Lorimer St are being offered for sale by Gorman Allard Shelton either together or individually. The Hong Kong based Wong family has held the properties for more than twenty years. (The Age, 19 August 2023)

13 - 33 Hartley St has a permit in place for a 50 level tower. (The Age, Saturday 12 August)

June 2023

13 - 33 Hartley St

Planning approval has recently been given for a 50 storey development with 400 apartments over a five level podium containing car parking, retail, recreation and commercial spaces. 

"The design aims to create a human-scaled podium using warm materials, integrated vertical landscaping, and a rhythmic expression that echoes the charm of the nearby wharf and piers." (MGS architects)

02 August 2023

1 Bay St, Port Melbourne

 2 August 2023

The Pier Hotel is being offered for sale for the first time in 20 years by JLL. Expressions of interest close on 30 August. 

The has planning approval for a rooftop and a 3.00 am license. 

Hibernian Hotel, 358 Graham St, Port Melbourne

1 August 2023

Expressions of interest for the property closed at 3.00 pm.

June 2023

A 'for sale' notice has appeared in the windows facing Ross St. The agent is Frank Gordon.

The Hibernian, June 2023

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


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

photo Port Melbourne Historical & Preservation Society