North Melbourne

Shiel Street, North Melbourne

About the project

Our Shiel Street, North Melbourne residential development provides architect-designed, environmentally sustainable social housing homes, delivered through a community housing model that supports residents and builds links with community.

The Shiel Street, North Melbourne project was developed in partnership with Homes Victoria under the Victorian Government’s $5.3 billion Big Housing Build.

Designed by Claire Cousins Architects and Tract Consultants Landscape Architects, with construction by Buxton Construction, the property comprises 78 one, two and three-bedroom apartments across eight levels and includes car and bicycle parking. All dwellings are designed to Livable Housing Australia’s Silver Level, 5 Star Green Star and 7 Star NatHERS ratings.

The development is close to local shops and amenities, public transport, North Melbourne Recreation Reserve, North Melbourne Pool and Royal Park, as well as schools and hospitals. Homes will be offered to applicants drawn from the Victorian Housing Register. On completion, Housing Choices will maintain an on-site office and deliver both tenancy and property management services for the building and its residential community, as well as community-building initiatives.

Housing Choices is an award-winning, Victorian-based, national, community housing provider and developer, with extensive experience in affordable and social tenancy and property management, and community-building.

  • Project overview

    Design features

    • 7 NatHERS rating
    • 5 Green Star rating
    • Communal BBQ area
    • Ample secure bicycle parking and close to public transport
  • Project overview

    Key details

    • Complete – 2024
    • Location – North Melbourne, VIC
    • Apartment mix – 1BR, 2 BR, 3 BR
    • Architects – Clare Cousins Architects
    • Builder – Buxton Construction
    • Landscaping – Tract Consultants Landscape Architects
    • Photography – Urban Angles

What is community housing

Over 20,000 Victorian households currently live in community housing-owned and managed homes. They are from all walks of life – single people, couples, young families, older women, newly arrived Victorians and people with disability.

The community housing sector is a long standing and vital component of the Australian housing spectrum, alongside public housing and private housing. ‘Social housing’ is an umbrella term that includes both public housing and community housing. It generally indicates housing that involves some degree of rental subsidy. In Victoria, public housing is managed by Homes Victoria. Community housing is owned or managed by non-government, not-for-profit, registered housing agencies like Housing Choices.

Community housing providers are regulated by the Victorian Housing Registrar and hold specialist expertise in property development, property management, tenancy management and community development. We provide safe and secure homes to those who live on low incomes, often with disability. We are committed under our charter to deliver safe, secure and affordable homes to low-income renters, help residents maintain stable tenancies, and ensure they have access to support services and live in communities that will improve their circumstances and life opportunities.

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