Doncaster Hill in construction mode

Doncaster Hill in construction mode
Mark BaljakSeptember 5, 2015

Friday marked the commencement of the latest apartment project to call Doncaster Hill home. Gardenhill has been awarded to Kew-based contractor Hacer, with the $77 million project set for completion at the turn of 2017.

Gardenhill is the seventh apartment project currently under construction within Doncaster Hill, Manningham City Council's vision for an "Integrated planning approach to creating a sustainable, contemporary mixed-use centre, comprising apartment style living opportunities, retail, commercial, social, community and entertainment facilities."

Apartments have ruled the roost since the inception of the Doncaster Hill Strategy during the early 2000's, with the current seven medium and high-density projects under construction an all-time high.

Doncaster Hill in construction mode
The Woods Bagot-designed Gardenhill

Present at the ceremony held onsite on Friday was the Victorian Minister for Finance Hon. Robin Scott, along with Malaysian Minister for Industry and Trade Dato’ Lee Chee Leong and Manningham Mayor Cr. Paul McLeish. Gardenhill is a joint project between Melbourne-based Beulah International and Malaysian firm Fajarbaru Group.

Designed by Woods Bagot, the project will see 136 apartments added to Doncaster Hill, creating 200 construction jobs over the life of the build. Also included within the project is a Jack Merlo-designed rooftop garden and entertainment area, plus Australia’s first Dog Park within an apartment complex.

Doncaster Hill in construction mode
Recent images of Doncaster Hill's construction progress

Hacer has been an active builder at Doncaster hill for some time, recently delivering the 96-apartment Imperial Doncaster project in addition to their current Pearl Doncaster project on behalf of Singapore-based Ho Bee Land. Due for completion during early 2016, Pearl will see 172 apartments created over two buildings.

Other projects of note at construction include 88 Doncaster Hill and 83 on Tram, with Panorama at 101 Tram Road also rising quickly. Set back from Doncaster Road is Magnolia Doncaster Hill which is the precinct's tallest build to date at 14 levels with 8 Hepburn Road nearby also under construction.

These seven projects are in the process of adding 898 additional dwellings to Doncaster Hill while forthcoming builds on 'The Hill' as identified by will see in excess of 300 additional apartments constructed over three projects, namely Ellia, Arbor Doncaster and Nest at the Hill.

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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