Evolving Port

Port Melbourne and Fishermans Bend continue to change. Houses are changed or demolished and new houses take their place. New forms of housing are created. Port Houses records some of these changes.

Monday, November 6, 2017

19 Salmon St, Port Melbourne

November 2017

19 Salmon St, former Rootes/Chrysler factory
Heritage protection for significant elements of the former Rootes/Chrysler factory moved one step closer at the Port Phillip Council meeting of 1 November when the Council accepted the recommendations of the Panel considering Amendment C143.

The Panel supported the protection of the 1943 and 1941 elements of the building on site (see below) - that includes the administration building to which internal controls will also apply. The 1955 era buildings did not meet the significance criteria.

The final step is to secure Ministerial approval for the amendment.

from Panel Report on Amendment C143 Port Phillip Planning Scheme
showing the buildings to be protected by Amendment C143
Port Phillip planning reports 1 November 2017



Saturday, November 4, 2017

187-201 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne

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.15 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:
 (a) Confirm that the land is located adjacent to an active, 24 hour per day working port located at the Port of Melbourne;
(b) 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




Tuesday, October 31, 2017

51-59 Thistlethwaite St, South Melbourne

15 January 2017


31 October 2016

'permit approved site for sale'
9 December 2015

51-59 Thistlethwaite St and 486 City Rd, South Melbourne

This application, first lodged with Council on 19 January 2015 was to
  • construct a mixed use, 4, 7, 13 and 16 level building containing retail and commercial tenancies,
  • 258 (126 x 1BR, 109 x 2BR inc. 6 SoHo, and 23 x 3BR) dwellings, community spaces including a toy library, and car and bicycle parking, 


City of Port Phillip planning report 9 December 2015

272 - 280 Normanby Rd, South Melbourne

4 October 2017

Planning application reference nos: DELWP ref: 16/00106, Council ref: MINRA 0004/2016/A

extracts from the City of Port Phillip planning report of 4 October 2017:

The proposal is for a 40 level mixed use tower including a five level podium.

The building would have maximum height of 40 storeys / 128.3m to roof top parapet level, 130.1m to the top of the plant screen, and 133.26m to the top of the lift overrun.

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.

Flooding / Sea Level Rise: The land is not identified as being subject to flooding. However, Melbourne Water has recommended minimum floor levels to protect against future sea level rise as follows: On-street parking spaces / external dwelling entries: 1.9 to 2.1m AHD, commercial lobbies / retail: 2.4m AHD, Garage / car park entry: 2.4m AHD plus 600mm mechanical freeboard, habitable residential, office, lifts, services: 3.0m AHD

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: Council report of 4 October 2017


27 June 2016



8 May 2015


Site location



Gravity Tower, 89 Gladstone St, South Melbourne

October 2017

The Gravity Tower on the corner of Montague St and Gladstone St in Montague is complete.
It was one of the earliest planning approvals in Fishermans Bend, dating back to 2015.

It emerges from every angle, showing a slightly different face depending on the time of day.

Designed by Plus Architecture, architects of the Armada development in Nott St, and developed by Blue Earth.

'Aluminium sun shields criss-cross the floor-to-ceiling glazing almost like herringbone fabric' Stephen Crafti writes. (Age, 28 October 2017)

The Gravity Tower contains 144 apartments over 29 levels.

viewed from Williamstown Road, October 2017
Proposed 2013
Construction start 2015
Complete 2017

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Plus Architecture Gravity Tower
Urban Melbourne Gravity Tower

The site





25 Ross St, Port Melbourne

September 2017

The house at 25 Ross St was sold for $1,190,000 on 9 September 2017 by Frank Gordon. Advertised as a 'blank canvas', it nevertheless held out the (unlikely) possibility of renovation.

The locational advantages of the property were described as: 'a premium position, opposite the tennis courts, near the beach, walking distance to Port Melbourne Primary School whilst also placed in the Albert Park Secondary School zone.'

September 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

70 - 72 Albert St, Port Melbourne

October 2017

Advertising for the re-development of 70 - 72 Albert St.



The house which this development will replace.



April 2017

VCAT  issued a permit for full demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a three storey building with basement containing nine dwellings.