Denton Mills

Charm and refinement with historic appeal.

Burbank Urban oversaw the redevelopment of the historic Denton Hat Mills site in Nicholson Street, Abbotsford, into a vibrant, mixed-use residential, commercial and lifestyle complex.

The original building, circa 1890, spans some 95 metres along Nicholson Street and is listed by Heritage Victoria as the first steam powered hat factory in Australia. The architect for the original building was William Pitt, who designed some of Melbourne's most notable buildings of the time, including the Princess Theatre.

Burbank Urban appointed Peddle Thorp Architects to ensure the integrity of the historic building was retained along the main Nicholson and Mollison streetscapes and reflected in all new components. The original fabric was retained where possible to emphasise the building's industrial heritage, including the exposure of original cast iron columns and roof trusses. Contemporary two storey terrace style apartments face into a new central courtyard, successfully integrating original industrial architecture and newly delivered amenities.

Overall, Burbank Urban delivered 61 award winning apartments, 6 offices and a restaurant on this historic site.


46-60 Nicholson St, Abbotsford, Victoria

61 Apartments, 6 offices, cafe/restaurant


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2010 MBAV Excellence in Housing Awards - Winner

Best Multi Unit Development (integrated housing)

2010 MBAV Excellence in Housing Awards - Winner

Architects Award

2010 UDIA Victoria Awards for Excellence - Winner

Best Urban Renewal Project