The Eastbourne By Mirvac Commences Construction


    Signaling a new era for Melbourne’s iconic former Dallas Brooks Hall site, Mirvac will commence construction of its flagship East Melbourne project, The Eastbourne, this month.

    Developed in partnership with Freemasons Victoria and designed in collaboration with Bates Smart, the luxury apartment building will comprise approximately 250 residences on the doorstep of Fitzroy Gardens and will include a new headquarters for Freemasons Victoria.

    The developer will now commence construction on the 13-level terraced building, which features a statement penthouse, enjoying a substantial 50 metres of frontage overlooking the gardens.

    The project will also contain resident amenity reminiscent of the world’s most luxurious hotels when construction is completed, which is expected in 2019.

    The demolition of the former Dallas Brooks Hall has been gradually completed since September 2016, with ground works commencing this month. 

    Mirvac’s General Manager of Residential Victoria, Elysa Anderson, said the start of construction marked the beginning of a new story for this landmark site, steeped in history and memories for Melburnians. While continuing to be home to Freemasonry in Victoria, it will welcome a host of new residents.

    “The Eastbourne offers a rare chance for those wanting to claim an extraordinary address in East Melbourne, the most liveable suburb in the world’s most liveable city, and we are delighted to have reached this milestone together with Freemasons Victoria, marking a new era for this site,” said Ms Anderson.

    “What we are building at The Eastbourne is a strong community through a partnership that delivers a bright future for a historically important organisation.”

    The start of construction will be heralded with a commemoration of the original foundation stone laying in the Fitzroy Gardens, the future ‘front garden’ for residents. This historic reflection highlights the site’s former significance. The original foundation stone together with the historical trowel that laid it on the site 50 years earlier by Freemasons Victoria will be displayed at the occasion to be officiated by Governor of Victoria, The Hon. Linda Dessau AC.

    The construction commencement coincides with the 50th anniversary of the laying of the Dallas Brooks Hall foundation stone by Freemasons Victoria in 1967.

    “The construction milestone is a celebrated date for Freemasons Victoria, who will see this site as their new headquarters, surrounded by the beauty of the gardens, timeless architecture, and immediate proximity to the best of Melbourne’s arts and culture,” said Freemasons Grand Master Don Reynolds. 

    “Working together with Mirvac, we have the confidence that this landmark building will be an elegant addition to East Melbourne and the pride of the suburb,” he said.

    A realisation of Mirvac’s purpose to reimagine urban life, the arrival of The Eastbourne will be an exceptional architectural statement and home for its residents. Touted as an ‘inner city eden’, the building’s extensive landscaping will be seamlessly integrated with the Fitzroy Gardens across Albert Street.

    Beyond the grand porte cochere entrance, a double-height lobby sets the tone for resident amenity which includes a cinema room, business centre, dining room with entertainer’s kitchen, and a wellness centre with gym, yoga area and 20-metre lap pool.

    Residents in premium apartments will also enjoy exclusive access to The Masters Club, comprising a fireplace and wine cellar among its features.

    Launched mid-2016, The Eastbourne, located at 280 Albert Street, East Melbourne has achieved strong sales, with $300 million worth of sales over the opening weekend alone. Its appeal has resonated with the local medical community, political figures as well as a range of successful Melbourne business people.

    The Eastbourne display suite is located at Shop 2, 126 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne. For more information please visit    



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