Seven projects quietly increasing Melbourne's urban density

Urban Melbourne is currently tracking 116 low-rise and mid-rise projects which are under construction right across Melbourne's metropolitan area. Together these projects will add a further 6800 units to the residential market and they are dispersed far and wide; in hot spots such as Brunswick, Richmond, Carlton and South Melbourne as well as more traditional suburban areas such as Blackburn, Box Hill, Sandringham, Preston and Carnegie.

The following represent an editor's pick of sorts - a way to remind ourselves that it's not just the CBD and Southbank that are seeing substantial change.

8 Montrose Street, Hawthorn East

Right next to Auburn station, 8 Montrose Street consists of 110 apartments on a 1,270sqm site in Hawthorn East. Developed by Kokoda Property, with design by CBG Architects, the 9 level building with also include 350sqm of ground floor commercial space.

8 Montrose Street, Hawthorn East. Image © Kokoda Property

20 Queen Street, Blackburn

Blackburn, for many, will have flown well under the radar however this Hayball designed mid-rise is a stone's throw from Blackburn station in an area that is seeing a surprising amount of urban development. 20 Queen Street has 50 apartments.

20 Queen Street, Blackburn. Image © Hayball

Twenty Park, Moonee Ponds

ClarkeHopkinsClarke have designed this low-rise located approximately 500 metres from Moonee Ponds station and CBD for developer Romano Property Group. The 4 level building contains 31 apartments in total with only two remaining for sale.

20 Park Street, Moonee Ponds. Image ©

Leroy, St Kilda

Leroy on Packington Street in St Kilda is a RotheLowman design for developer Urban Inc. It's located on a back street in a block surrounded by Public Transport on three sides and includes 85 units.

Leroy - 40 Packington Street, St Kilda. Image © Urban Inc

FRD, Carnegie

This 5 level low-rise which abuts Carnegie station is an in-house design by developer Fridcorp. There are 40 dwellings under construction and the ground floor will contain a cafe.

FRD - 2 Morton Avenue, Carnegie. Image © Fridcorp

District, Fitzroy

This 16 metre high, 5 level low-rise for Substancia Projects will be located one block back from Johnston Street in Fitzroy. Its eye-catching design makes it a favourite amongst Urban Melbournites.

District - 160 Argyle Street, Fitzroy. Image © District Fitzroy

Aspire Maribyrnong

JMC Group's development on Wests Road is an 11 level mid-rise with a total unit count of 117. Interlandi Mantesso designed this project which is located right next to both the 57 and 82 tram lines.

Aspire Maribyrnong - 62 Wests Rd, Maribyrnong. Image courtesy JMC Group

Lead image courtesy


Bilby's picture

District, Fitzroy is not favourite with this Melbourne urbanite - the treatment of the heritage building is amateur, with poor setbacks, significant loss of historic fabric and loss of the roof form of the front of the building. It's facadism at its worst. Likewise, the new building is unresolved, with clunky Goldcoast style glass balconies that really don't respond well to the richly textured materiality of Fitzroy.

Back to top
Laurence Dragomir's picture

That junction is somewhat clumsy - the new doesn't respond or engage with the heritage building.

Back to top

Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 00:00
Journal Student Living's move on 500 Swanston Street headlines a fresh drive of student accommodation projects looking to call Carlton home. The $60 build would be Journal's second Melbourne project after 18-32 Leicester Street which is in the hands of Icon Construction. Journal Student Living is backed by South African company Redefine Properties.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00
When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.