Bangs Street, Prahran is located 5km from the city centre of Melbourne in the City of Stonnington, close to Prahran and Windsor railway stations, and multiple tram and bus routes, hospitals, education facilities, employment and support services.
The renewal of Bangs Street will replace old housing that does not meet the needs of those who live there with well designed, attractive homes that improve the local area.
The design of the new site incorporates input from the community and will feature modern sustainable design with improved open space and other features that everyone can enjoy.
What you need to know
The project is located on Homes Victoria land at Bangs Street, Prahran.
City of Stonnington
The development at Prahran will include 445 homes, including social, affordable and private rental.
The development will include 5% of Disability Discrimination Act fully accessible homes.
Note: These drawings are indicative only.
- Safe and publicly accessible open and green spaces are a key feature of the redevelopment, including 1,500 sqm of new open space providing a connection between Bangs Street and Bendigo Street. This open space will create better access and visual connections through the Bangs Street area for pedestrians and align with Stonnington City Council’s Mount Street Master Plan.
- On the ground floor, there will be new commercial uses that activate the public realm and contribute to the redeveloped estate, including shared spaces for community activity such as an artist studio.
- The project will promote good design, high quality landscaped open space and will incorporate the Office of the Victorian Government Architect involvement and expertise in the development of design proposals for the site.
- The project will incorporate environmentally efficient design, meaning the homes will be more comfortable as well as less expensive to heat and cool carrying a 5-star Green Star rating and a 7-star NatHERS average rating.
- Durable, high-quality materials will be used in public spaces (including furniture, surface materials, lighting, and landscaping) to reflect the history and character of the area.
- The redevelopment will include a range of dwellings including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes, responding to the changing needs of Victorian households.
- The site will be required to achieve a 50:50 split of social to market rental housing.
- All new social housing will have a minimum Silver level certification from Livable Housing Australia.
- At least 5% of the new social housing homes will be easy to access for Victorians with disabilities. This includes drop-off areas, paths, lifts and car parking. Inside the home, kitchens, bathrooms and storage will also be very accessible.
- Further information is available on the National Construction Code website.
The Bangs Street site is part of the larger Prahran Housing Precinct. In December 2016, the Minister for Planning approved the Prahran Housing Precinct Development Plan.
The development plan and planning permit application was lodged with the Department of Environment Land Water and Planning and formal planning permit approval has been received.
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Who will be financing, designing, constructing and managing the new housing?
The project will be delivered by Homes Victoria, in partnership with not-for-profit group, Building Communities. Building Communities will finance, design, construct, maintain and manage all new housing at the site in agreement with Homes Victoria’s project requirements and specifications.
The project group is made up of:
- Community Housing Limited (a Registered Housing Agency) as the equity provider and operator
- NHFIC (National Housing Finance and Investment Corporation) as the debt provider
- Tetris Capital as bid lead and financial advisor
- Icon Kajima as the builder
- Citta Property Group as development and property advisor.
Ground Lease Model
In a first of its kind for social housing in Victoria, this site will be delivered through a Ground Lease Model.
Through a partnerships approach, vacant land will be leased to a not for profit project group who will finance, design, construct, maintain and manage the sites for 40 years, before handing all land and buildings back to Homes Victoria.
Find out more about the Ground Lease Model.
Community engagement is an important element of the project. The department has established a Community Committee for the redevelopment of the Prahran site.
The committee, co-chaired by Judith Klepner and Nina Taylor MP, brings together important community members and representatives of local organisations to provide advice on the redevelopment of the site. It enables ongoing and two-way feedback through participation with community and the stakeholders.
Members of the committee provide advice and feedback on redevelopment plans and identify local issues and matters of concern as they arise. Members will communicate the progress of the redevelopment back to their communities to support the successful delivery of the project.
An update on the start of construction at Bangs Street.
An update on tree protection and removal works taking place at Bangs Street, Prahran.
An update on soil removal works taking place at Bangs Street, Prahran.
Our appointed builder, Icon, will soon be starting works at Bangs Street, Prahran.
Archive of community updates
Planning approval and early works
Construction of new homes complete
The social procurement framework of government has been game changing in how we deliver projects in particular major projects in Victoria.
Alistair Munro- Construction Manager- ICON
There’s been a real impotence put forward regarding social procurement and that’s creating both short term and long term benefit from a jobs and employment perspective and also creating fantastic outcomes for our projects.
Chris Johnson- Key Client Account Executive- RAW Group
There was a gap within the labour hire and within the industry for Aboriginal people and Aboriginal people on site.
We know our people within the indigenous community and being able to invest back into those communities, that’s actually bringing community wealth and family wealth back into the community and really making sure that they feel as belonging.
Nicole Donnison- Social Sustainability Manager- ICON
Our procurement opportunities are actually potentially changing people’s lives or they are setting a pathway for people to take a different course in their life. Be given opportunity and dignity of work that perhaps they weren’t afforded previously.
Gary Mongta- Director of Construction- Monero Constructions
To be working on these Victorian Government projects and Homes Victoria projects is fantastic.
To be part of the build, we are giving back to the Indigenous community that can benefit from these projects.
I think it’s just giving people the opportunity, giving them a start and indigenous businesses are no different to any other business out there.
YMCA is a social enterprise.
We work with young men and women who have been involved in the criminal justice system.
We are providing employment and trade skills to the young guys while they are incarcerated and also offer them employment working with commercial builders as soon as they are released.
The standard recidivism rate in Victoria is 50% and for participants who have come through our program is 5%.
We work with young guys, we work with disadvantaged youth who have amazing skills and ability, they just need to be harnessed.
For YMCA ReBuild to work with Homes Victoria and Icon, it’s an amazing opportunity for us to improve our skills and increase our capacity and for our young guys to work on a site that hopefully they are going to end up on in the next six months or so.