New life for a Collingwood classic

In the mid-1800s, Collingwood was a place of industry. This was a lively hub by the start of the 20th century, before sliding back into poverty during the 1930s, and later becoming home to successive waves migrants up to the 1970s. It is one of the oldest suburbs in Melbourne, and today is one of its most coveted places to live and work close to the CBD.

This project spanned two street frontages: Smith Street and Little Oxford Street. On Smith Street, the project involved the refurbishment of two retail stores, restoring them back to life, then leasing to vibrant retailers.

Above these retail stores were two very derelict apartments that were not inhabitable. These were fully refurbished, taking advantage of the beautiful high ceilings, ornate cornice work and fittings. The original floorboards were polished, and new fittings and appliances were integrated throughout. The result was a restoration which breathed new life into a key Collingwood address.


Internal images of the refurbished shop-tops. Original cornice work and architraves, beautiful leadlight feature windows, polished floor boards with new bathroom, kitchen and appliances.