An accurate list of Fishermans Bend approvals

Mark BaljakSeptember 9, 20140 min read

Corrections are in order regarding the reporting of approvals for Fishermans Bend projects last week in the mainstream media which were subsequently picked up by last Friday. A handful of projects reported as approved are not so with other projects stepping into the breach.

After being contacted by both John Hair of Artisan Architects and Shane Rothe of ROTHELOWMAN, here is an accurate state of play for Fishermans Bend approvals:

2-4 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne

Listed as approved last week although this is not the case as yet. There is still the possibility the site may become parkland as has been stated previously.

134 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne

An accurate list of Fishermans Bend approvals
The dual towers of 134 Buckhurst Street. Image © Artisan Architects

Although not reported as so last week, 134 Buckhurst Street is approved. The dual towers by Artisan Architects are slated for 645 apartments, 495 carspaces and 11,970sqm of retail space over a scheme of some 64,869sqm GFA.

15-35 Thistlethwaite Street, South Melbourne

Another project reported as approved, although this is not yet reality. Designed by ROTHELOWMAN for Circa Property Group, the 132 metre tower with 291 apartments is still at planning.

15-87 Gladstone Street, South Melbourne

Reported as approved and this is the case. MAB Corporation can now focus on bringing to reality the 733 apartments within the tri-tower project.

6-78 Buckhurst Street, South Melbourne

An accurate list of Fishermans Bend approvals
Ths basis of the approved development. Image © ROTHELOWMAN

Absent from media reports, the development of four towers has been approved. The above image depicts the initial version of the project destined to replace the 9,000sqm Carlins Automotive site, although all towers have been capped at 30 levels requiring further design alterations.

199 Normanby Road, Southbank

Artisan Architects second approved project for Fishermans Bend consists of a 40 level tower with 262 Apartments and 174 car parking spaces available over a GFA of 28,200sqm.

The approved projects equate to ten new towers for the Urban Renewal Area, although last week 11 approved towers was the figure bandied about. It's unclear if there is another approved project at this point.

Mark Baljak

Mark Baljak was a co-founder of He passed away on Thursday 8th of November 2018 after a battle with cancer. He was 37. Mark was a keen traveller, having visited all six permanently-inhabited continents and had a love of craft beer. One of his biggest passions was observing the change that has occurred in Melbourne over the past two decades. In that time he built an enormous library of photos, all taken by him, which tracked the progress of construction on building sites from across metropolitan Melbourne.
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