Further Fishermans Bend projects revealed

City of Port Phillip are set to consider the merits of a handful of proposed apartment buildings within Fishermans Bend, representing the next tranche of projects due for a planning outcome within the precinct. Council will provide feedback on five separate projects that when combined are capable of adding 1,750 dwellings to the urban renewal zone.

While two of the projects under consideration are present on the Urban Melbourne project database, the three remaining applications are new to the public sphere.

Seen below are the projects which City of Port Phillip will consider during their December sitting.

261-281 Ingles Street, Port Melbourne

A new face for Ingles Street? Image courtesy Bruce Henderson Architects

APN Property Group's plans for its 23,011sqm Ingles Street land parcel have been revised since first landing with the Metropolitan Planning Authority at the start of the year. The Bruce Henderson-designed project consists of three residential towers with the tallest at 52 levels or 155.69 metres.

1290 dwellings are included, consisting of 474 x 1 bedroom apartments, 719 x 2 bedroom and 97 x 3 bedroom apartments. Plans for the project show an intensely activated ground plane with 2,822sqm of retail space and a further 1,123sqm of mixed retail and/or commercial space.

1101 car spaces and 1447 bicycle spaces are included within the development.

163-169 Ferrars Street, Southbank

CHT Architects' design for Ferrars Street

Also new is CHT Architects' work at 163-169 Ferrars Street. Auto shop Corso Body Works are currently onsite and have initiated the development which would see an 18 storey residential building approved, consisting of 68 x 1 bedroom, 28 x 2 bedroom and and 2 x 3 bedroom apartments.

An open-ended covered pedestrian breezeway will link Ferrars Street and Railway Place with two ground level commercial/retail tenancies included. Patterned and plain precast concrete with an off-white finish will act as an undulating feature wall to the site's boundary.

Incidentally 163-169 Ferrars Street is diagonally opposite 134-142 Ferrars Street which was subject to a 49 level building which during October was amended to an application for an 18 and 23 storey mixed use set of buildings, in line with imposed height restrictions over the precinct.

31-37 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne

Developer Alpha 14 Property Group has ventured into Fishermans Bend for the first time with a residential building on Buckhurst Street. What is currently a warehouse is poised to become an 18 level building carrying 121 dwellings with studio, 1, 2 and 3 bedroom options.

Dual commercial tenancies cover 293sqm at ground level with 83 car spaces located within the podium.

Should it find approval 31-37 Buckhurst Street will likely proceed to construction at pace. Alpha 14 Property Group's West Melbourne residential project titled Bond Quarter received planning approval during October and is already subject to early site works.

51-59 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne

Inhabit Design have included a public thoroughfare within their project

SPEC Property's attempt to gain a foothold in Fishermans Bend continues with plans for their Thistlethwaite Street project redesigned once more. The development which also faces City Road will top out at eight levels, half the initial 16 level tower proposed.

Despite the changes, 51-59 Thistlethwaite Street is bound for VCAT where its fate will be decided upon. 161 dwellings are proposed for the development, as is 1,278sqm of communal space.

As part of the development's slant toward community facilities a public toy exchange will be included.

15-35 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne

Initial and revised schemes. Image courtesy ROTHELOWMAN

15-35 Thistlethwaite Street is representative of the change thrust upon Fishermans Bend via the introduction of reworked height controls. The initial design of 30 levels has made way for a far more modest project at 8 levels, also the handy work of firm ROTHELOWMAN.

Planning documents also show Linkon Pty Ltd as the developer behind the amended application, a change from Circa Property Group who initiated the taller development.

The 8 level complex would see 49 single bedroom and 34 dual bedroom dwellings above three retail tenancies and car parking provisions for 72 vehicles.


Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

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

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

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.