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Project update

We're delivering new, well-designed, safe and secure social and affordable housing in North Richmond.

The new buildings to be established in the vicinity of 147 - 161 Elizabeth Street, Richmond will deliver well designed, safe, secure and modern social and affordable housing. 

This project will build an environment that is welcoming, inclusive and appropriate for the neighbourhood. We will also make sure that the dwellings in this development will reflect the needs of those that live in this community.

What you need to know

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The project is located on Homes Victoria land at Elizabeth Street, North Richmond.

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City of Yarra

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The Victorian Government is investing $51.7 million in the development at Richmond.

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The development at Richmond is creating 542 jobs.

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The development at Richmond will include 144 homes.

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The development will include 5 per cent of Disability Discrimination Act fully accessible homes.

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Key features

  • The project will promote good design, make the most of open space and will incorporate Office of the Victorian Government Architect involvement and expertise in the development of design proposals for the site.
  • 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.
  • The redevelopment will include a range of homes including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes, responding to the changing needs of households in Victoria.
  • All new homes built by Homes Victoria as part of the Big Housing Build will have a minimum Silver rating from Livable Housing Australia.
  • At least 5 per cent 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 or you can send an email enquiry to enquiries@homes.vic.gov.au


  • Commencement

    Early 2023

  • Completion

    Estimated for 2025

Current and upcoming works

Site establishment works: Early 2023

During routine works, fragments of hazardous materials have been discovered onsite and investigations works are underway to ensure the safety of residents and workers during construction.  

Our builder, Kane Constructions has engaged a specialist contractor to undertake soil testing safely under strict OHS protocols and procedures.  

You may see workers wearing Personal Protective Equipment.   

All works will be confined within the site boundary and closely monitored to ensure no risk to the workers onsite, residents or the public. 

We will inform you when these works have been completed. 

The footpath between Williams and Cooke Court will be closed during construction of the new homes at 147 - 161 Elizabeth Street.  

Access to Williams and Cooke Court will be from Elizabeth Street.  Pedestrian access along Elizabeth Street will be maintained during construction. 

Start date: March 2023

Duration: 6 months

Details: Excavation works will start in December as we begin to prepare the site for new housing in North Richmond. 

The process involves: 

  • Ground excavation to remove underground pipes and services.  
  • Increase in truck movement as material is removed from the site. 
  • Structural works including piling.
  • Bulk excavation of Basement.

All excavation works will be carried out safely and we will do our best to minimise inconvenience for residents. 

At times there may be:  

  • local traffic changes 
  • high-level noise 
  • dust 
  • medium level vibration 
  • heavy machinery operating. 

Contractors will use control measures, such as dust suppression and noise reduction equipment, to reduce impacts as much as possible.

Start date: April 2023

Duration: 3 weeks

Details: Contractors will be on-site in February 2023 installing fixed hoarding around the construction site in preparation for construction of the new homes.

You will see contractors and some machinery around Elizabeth Street.

At times there may be: 

  • local traffic changes
  • some noise and dust
  • heavy machinery operating.

Works notices

Hazardous materials and footpath closure notice

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For languages other than English, please call 131 450.


The North Richmond community has been actively involved in helping shape the Big Housing Build project on Elizabeth Street and development of the North Richmond master plan.

147 - 161 Elizabeth Street 

In September and October 2021, we asked the community and key stakeholders for feedback on the early designs for the new homes to be built at 147 - 161 Elizabeth Street. 

We asked for further community feedback to put the final touches on the design and planning documents in November and December 2021. 

Visit Engage Victoria to read more about the community consultation process.

Master plan  

We're preparing a master plan for the North Richmond housing site to guide development and growth across the precinct over the next 10 years. 

The master plan will provide a future vision for the North Richmond housing site.  

In April and May 2022, we heard from over 300 community members about their feedback on the draft plan. This feedback will be used to finalise the North Richmond master plan.  

Visit Engage Victoria to read more about the draft master plan community consultation process.