Prahran estate renewal

Prahran estate buildings and playground
Prahran estate buildings and playground

Renewal of the Prahran housing estate

In 2010 the Australian Government funded the Victorian Government to construct 188 new homes on the corner of Malvern and Surrey Roads, South Yarra at a cost of $62 million.

As part of this funding agreement, the Victorian Government, through the Department of Health & Human Services, is required to develop and deliver a masterplan to guide future renewal of the Horace Petty estate. In August 2013, the Victorian Government expanded the masterplan to include the smaller estates in the precinct at Bangs, King and Essex streets, Prahran.

What is a masterplan?

A masterplan is a document that outlines a long-term vision to guide development and growth of a community. The masterplan being developed for Prahran’s housing estates is also called the Prahran renewal plan.

What will be include in the Prahran renewal plan?

The Department of Health & Human Services is developing a masterplan to guide long-term physical renewal of Prahran’s housing estates. The plan will be a guide for future designs to improve housing, outdoor areas and facilities and to help increase the supply of well-located affordable housing.

The renewal plan will show:

  • Which buildings and features should be retained
  • The locations and height ranges of any new buildings
  • How streets, paths and spaces would be connected, within the site and with surrounding precincts
  • The suggested relationships between buildings and outdoor spaces
  • The activities and uses which could take place within the site.

The goal of the Prahran masterplan is to create a sustainable and well-integrated neighbourhood where residents can thrive.

A set of principles developed during early stages of the masterplanning process provides the framework for the Prahran renewal plan.

View the key principles, renewal plan reports, frequently asked questions and fact sheet:

Download accessible versions of the frequently asked questions and fact sheet

Community consultation

The plan is being developed over three main phases from 2011 to 2015, with multiple opportunities for professional and community input.

Leading community engagement professionals Capire Consulting Group conducted the first two phases of consultation, which included input from estate residents, surrounding residents, local service providers and the City of Stonnington.

View the Phase 1 and 2 community engagement reports:

Phase 1: 2011-2013

Community input: The priorities, issues and opportunities for the future renewal of Prahran’s housing estates. This input contributed directly towards the development of two draft masterplans.

Phase 2: 30 May to 4 July 2014

Community input: Feedback and comments on two draft masterplans

Phase 3: 2015

Community input: Comment on the masterplan submitted for approval

Professional input into the renewal plan

The Victorian Department of Health & Human Services is developing the plan with a design team led by HASSELL architects, an international design practice with 14 studios in Australia, China, South East Asia and the United Kingdom.

The key consultants for the renewal plans include Collie (town planners), Aurecon (environmentally sustainable design and services), WT Partnership (quantity surveyors), Cardno (traffic engineers), Capire (community engagement consultancy) and Public Place (social planners).

The department is seeking input from other State Government departments and the City of Stonnington. The Office of the Victorian Government Architect provided advice on the plan as it was developed, primarily through its Victorian Design Review Panel.


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