Prahran estate renewal
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 Human Services, is required to develop and deliver a masterplan to guide future renewal of the Horace Petty estate and the smaller estates in Bangs, King and Essex Streets, Prahran.
A masterplan is a document that outlines a long-term vision to guide development and growth of a community. The masterplan being developed for the Prahran housing estates is also called the Prahran renewal plan.
Developing the Prahran renewal plan
The Department of Human Services is developing a masterplan to guide long-term physical renewal of Prahran’s social 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.
How is the plan being developed?
The plan is being developed over three main phases from 2011 to 2015, with each phase providing multiple opportunities for professional and community input.
In 2011-2012, the community was consulted on the issues and the opportunities for improvements within the existing housing estates. This input helped inform the development of two draft masterplans which are being presented for community comment from 30 May to 4 July 2014.
The feedback received on the draft masterplans will inform the preparation of a single plan which will be submitted for approval in 2015.
Goals and key principles for the renewal plan
The goal for the masterplan is to create a liveable, sustainable and well-integrated neighbourhood that people enjoy living in, can contribute to and in which they 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 here [link to new Key principles page].
Community input into the renewal plan
From 30 May to 4 July 2014, the Department is seeking input from Prahran community members on two draft masterplans. This input will contribute to the preparation of a single plan to be submitted for planning approval in 2015.
Go to www.prahranrenewal.com.au for more information.
Professional input into the renewal plan
The Victorian Department of 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.