Evolving Port

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

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

538 Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne

July 2018

Demolition has finished. The site is clear. 

Note the proximity to North Port Oval with the Norm Goss stand clearly in view.

May 2018

Deconstruction of the buildings continues behind these hoardings.

March 2018

Demolition of the buildings on site has begun.

December 2017

Approval was sought for an amendment to the permit to allow for a five level building with 15 apartments and 17 x three storey townhouses.

June 2017 

Marketing has begun for The Standard "Townhomes and Boutique apartments". Front row seats for the Football at North Port Oval - surprisingly not mentioned in the many locational advantages in the promotional material.

June 2017
The Standard will be made up of 17 three bedroom townhouses, and 15 one and two bedroom apartments.

Developer: The Cubo Group

July 2015

The site of ATA Distributors (Abrahsives, Tapes, Adhesives Packaging Systems) was sold by Mulcahy & Co in July 2015.

June 2015

Planning application 667/2015 was approved by the City of Port Phillip for a four storey building with 11 apartments and 17 townhouses.

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Alumuna - 9 Johnston St, Port Melbourne


July 2018

Bayside Construct, builders of this development, have gone into administration with 49 people made redundant. (source AFR 10 July 2018)

April 2016

Marketing begins for the Alumuna development by Wood Marsh architecture. Wood Marsh's Beacon project is in the same block.

Developer Peter Maher, Strange Fellow Investments

September 2015

An application was lodged on the 9 September 2015 for development of a six storey building containing 28 apartments.

The site had been used for carparking for many years.

9 Johnston St, Port Melbourne

Friday, July 13, 2018

150 - 160 Turner St, Lorimer Precinct

July 2018

150 Lorimer St is for sale by Colliers with a permit for a 30 level building.

11 October 2015

While the Minister for Planning is the Responsible Authority for this application in the Lorimer Precinct of Fishermans Bend, the City of Melbourne’s comments were sought

At its planning meeting on 6 October, the Council resolved to write to the Minister advising that they did not support the application for a 30 storey building on a number of grounds including that

  • a majority of apartments rely on borrowed light
  • there was insufficient setback from Turner St (which is proposed to be a linear parkway)
  • Unprepossessing 150 Turner St
    • there were insufficient setbacks between podium and tower
    • there were unreasonable wind tunnel effects at ground level
    • it would exceed the density contemplated for Fishermans Bend in the Strategic Framework Plan, was distant from public transport, and would put strain on community services and facilities

    Report to the Future Melbourne (Planning) Meeting 6 October 2015

    Tuesday, July 10, 2018

    199-201 Normanby Rd, Southbank

    July 2018

    The permit for this site has been amended to include an AC Marriott Hotel. It will also include a reduced number of apartments - 111. (source: AFR, July 9 2018)

    June 2018

    199-201 Normanby Rd, formerly a scrap metal merchant, is becoming Normanby. Marketing has begun.  


    Note the Gravity Tower to the rear and right of the photograph and 'cash for scrap' indicating the site's former use as a scrap metal recycling facility.

    June 2018
    November 2017

    Capital Alliance purchased the site from the scrap metal dealer for $13.5m in November 2017, $11 psm.

    Permit 2013/009628 was issued by Planning Minister Matthew Guy on 1 September 2014.

    Height 121m
    Levels 40 levels
    Architect DKO Architecture

    November 2015

    On the move again. The scrap metal merchant's premises are for sale.

    November 2015

    September 2014

    Planning permit was issued by Planning Minister Matthew Guy on 1 September 2014.

    Tuesday, July 3, 2018

    275 Princes St, Port Melbourne

    July 2018

    The timber is spotted gum.

    October 2017

    Part demolition of the rear of 275 Princes St is underway. The front rooms of the house will be retained.

    October 2017
    Look at those bricks - October 2017

    Planning matters

    The City of Port Phillip approved application 112/2016 for 'part demolition; alterations and additions including a two-storey addition to rear of the existing dwelling and the construction of a new front fence' on 8 June 2017. 

    The decision was appealed to VCAT which approved the application on 26 September 2017.

    25 September 2016

    Looking sad. Weeds in the clever garden beds on top of the wall admired a year or so ago.
    Apparently terminal decline while planning matters are being resolved.

    October 2013

    The house was sold on 5 October 2013 for $760,000. (source Buxton)

    Two disappearing features of houses - the Hills Hoist and the sleepout.

    photo credit Buxton

    Friday, June 29, 2018

    112 Munro St, South Melbourne

    June 2018

    Feverish activity at this site has been hard to make sense of - not apartments. What could it be?

    Now it becomes clear. It will be a new venue Half Acre - South Melbourne's first garden bar and eatery - set  to open in August 2018.

    27 June 2016

    The site was sold in June 2016 for $8,100,000 by private treaty.

    December 1995

    Sold for $805,000

    April 1983

    The site was sold for $160,000 (source: Domain.com.au)

    Saturday, June 23, 2018

    15-85 Gladstone St, Montague

    23 June 2018

    Launch party for Tower 1, Fifteen85. A heavy emphasis on dogs - canine wellbeing, dog minding, dog grooming.

    For people, there were crepes, hotdogs and fairtrade coffee.

    The burger people had reportedly crashed into the Montague Bridge.

    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

    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, he 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 flats.

    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 edge
    corner Kerr x Buckhurst Sts, Montague
     corner Kerr x Buckhurst Sts, Montague

    1 June 2013