Pentridge Masterplan

Historic 19th century bluestone monuments sit in perfect harmony alongside modern buildings designed for comfortable 21st century living.

Building 1

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 2

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 3

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 4a

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 4b

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 5

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 6

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 7

Horizon Apartments

Horizon offers 53 two and three-bedroom apartments over six levels. Designed by PRO-Ark architects, Horizon incorporates bluestone blocks in the façade at street level, providing strong visual links to the site's history. The upper floors feature private balconies and expansive views out to the Dandenong ranges.

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Building 8

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 9 / Palace Cinemas

This multi-level arcade building will be a bustling centre of activity at Pentridge, home to a boutique shopping precinct comprising a variety of prestige shops and food destinations.

It will also be the site of a new state-of-the-art Palace Cinemas complex, dedicated to showing the best of high-quality mainstream and independent new release films, as well as premiere contemporary films from the international marketplace.

Ample parking for visitors will be available in the basement and upper levels.

Building 10

We are currently designing our next exciting contemporary apartment building. It will be released to the public soon. To keep up with all its latest news, and to be among the first to see the new design, register your interest here.

Building 11

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 12

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Buildings 13 & 14

Inspired by Melbourne city laneways, Building 13 will be a six-storey freestanding building with car parking, suitable for office and commercial use. Building 14 will incorporate retail and commercial space into the former Warden's building.

Building 15

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 16

Building 16 will be home to a 120 room hotel, including a day spa, that will seamlessly blend contemporary architectural design with Pentridge’s distinct heritage by integrating with B Division. The hotel will be crafted by Cox Architecture, who are renowned for their work on delicate heritage projects. Guests will have the unique opportunity to stay in an historic, converted prison cell.

Building 17

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

Building 18

The final use of this building is yet to be determined, but our long-term vision for Pentridge as an integrated hub of community activity will ensure its longevity and functionality for future residents.

A Division

Originally constructed in the 1860s to house female prisoners, this is one of the largest cell blocks at Pentridge. A Division is a fine example of the quality work produced by the Victorian Public Works Department in the 19th century. It will be used as a community hub from where visitors and residents can discover the site’s heritage buildings.

A Division Panopticon

In 2014, archaeological work uncovered the A Division panopticon that was built of bluestone in the 1850s. The circular design, with walls coming out from the centre, created wedge shaped 'airing yards' where prisoners would be permitted access for one hour per day without coming into contact with each other. The panopticons fell out of use, due to prison overcrowding, and were largely demolished in the early 1900s. The panopticons were based on the design concepts of British philosopher and social reformer Jeremy Bentham. The footings of this panopticon that that was uncovered remains relatively intact.

B Division

B Division was built in 1858 to the design of a 'model' prison in accordance with the 19th century correctional philosophy. Its ventilation system and water supply are rare examples of Victorian-era technologies. B Division will face The Piazza, creating an easy flow between contemporary life at Pentridge and the heritage experience.

B Division Annexe

In the 1870s, this building was added to B Division to house the prison kitchens. The B Division Annexe will be repurposed and brought back to life as a functioning, working building.

B Division Panopticon

In 2014, archaeological work uncovered the B Division panopticon similar to that uncovered near the A Division. The uncovering of the B Division panopticon only revealed the remains of its rubble footings.

Administration Building

This is the iconic public face of the former Pentridge Prison. It was one of the first buildings constructed as part of the 'model' prison. Its castellated Tudor-style front displays a picturesque regency character unusual in Victoria. The main gates will be retained as a pedestrian walkway, giving visitors a unique experience as they enter into Pentridge and walk through towards The Piazza.

E Division

Built as part of the 'model' prison in 1859, E Division was originally the prison's hospital. Its form and internal planning are characteristic of 19th century hospital buildings. It will be repurposed and adaptively reused with a food and beverage focus, opening up to and taking advantage of its position adjacent to The Piazza.

Former Warden's Building

The Former Warden's Building was built as part of the 'model' prison and was one of the key buildings facing onto the parade ground, which is now the Piazza. This will be one of the first buildings that visitors and residents see as they enter through the main prison gates.

Guard Towers

Pentridge's iconic bluestone guard towers, constructed around 1858, were once an example of cutting edge Victorian-era correctional architecture. As part of heritage refurbishments, the towers that surround the site will be sensitively restored after years of neglect, with delicate stonework repairs, the removal of rust and debris, and the reinstatement of original battlements.

Industry Lane

In around 1870, an extensive work program was introduced at Pentridge as part of the reformation of the prisoners. This complex was known as ‘The Industries’ and was located where Industry Lane currently is. It encompassed a timber yard, woolen mill, carpenters, blacksmith, tailors and bootmakers. In the early 2000s, a previous developer constructed a collection of modern townhouses and apartments around Industry Lane.

Piazza

The Piazza will be a key public space for the local community. Paved in bluestone and surrounded by restaurants, bars and cafes, The Piazza will host markets, an open-air cinema, concerts and art installations. Shaded by trees and shielded from the wind by its surrounding buildings, this inviting open space will provide Pentridge with a social and artistic focal point. The landscaping of the Piazza will be designed by renowned landscape architects, Aspect Studios.

The Quartermaster's (QM) building

The QM building is a 5 storey modern building that was built by a previous developer in October 2008. It comprises commercial floorspace on the ground floor and a further four levels of residential apartments.

H Division / Rock Breaking Yard

Some of the most violent and colourful inmates in the country were assigned hard labour in Pentridge's notorious rock-breaking yards. Restoration work will refurbish many of its 19th century features, reinstating original doorways and windows, and removing concrete infill and metal stairs to uncover and repair the original stone chutes and authentic bluestone stairways of the period.

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Building Administraion
Building A
Building A Panopticon
Building B
Building B Panopticon
Building B Annexe
Building E
Guard Towers
Industry Lane
Piazza
Building QM
Former Wardens Building
Rock Breaking Yard
Building 1
Building 2
Building 3
Building 4a
Building 4b
Building 5
Building 6
Building 7
Building 8
Building 9
Building 10
Building 11
Building 12
Building 13
Building 15
Building 16
Building 17
Building 18

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