Frontyard project: industry collaboration creating an innovative space for young people

Frontyard project: industry collaboration creating an innovative space for young people


Fourteen companies from the property and construction industry with seven charitable foundations have combined resources to create Melbourne City Mission’s innovative Frontyard Youth Services project. It is an $8 million development that is a world-first model of intensive support and crisis accommodation for young people. Here's everything you need to know.

Situated on King Street in the Melbourne CBD, the project will be a fully-integrated response to youth homelessness. The current site of Victoria’s largest early intervention and crisis service for young people will be transformed into a 24/7 service with new and expanded supports, including two floors of crisis accommodation for young homeless people and onsite mental health, drug, alcohol and disability expertise.

Frontyard will also pioneer digital engagement strategies in order to connect effectively with young people. These new services will contribute significantly to more than a dozen existing support services, which include primary health, allied health, family violence support, counselling, family mediation and legal support.

This project was made possible through a one-of-a-kind partnership between the Property Industry Foundation, Melbourne City Mission and the Victorian Government, with support from philanthropists including The Peter and Lyndy White Foundation.

Through the Property Industry Foundation, a large consortium of consultants and suppliers have donated their services and resources to the redevelopment of Frontyard. The pro-bono consultant team alongside Hendry Group comprises of Ashurst, Case Meallin, Slattery, Fender Katsalidis, NDY, Wood & Grieve Engineers, Urbis, Equitable Access Solutions, Irwinconsult and Built.

Fourteen companies from the property and building sector have committed an enormous amount of hours to Frontyard, with the support of the Property Industry Foundation (PIF): Fender Katsalidis/Architect, Norman Disney & Young/Services Engineer, Wood & Grieve Engineers/Services and Structural Engineer, Case Meallin/Project Manager, Slattery/Quantity Surveyor, Ashurst/Legal Consultant, Urbis/Town Planner, Hendry Group/Building Surveyor, Irwinconsult/Waste Consultant, Equitable Access Solutions/Access Consultant, Built/Head Contractor, Apec/Electrical Contractor, AMP/Donated Workstations & Furniture and AGL Energy/Donated Ceiling Tiles.

Brett Mason, Managing Director of Built said: “As a strong supporter of the Property Industry Foundation, we are proud to be a part of the Frontyard project which brings together industry, not-for-profit and government to help young Australians who are experiencing hardship."

When construction is completed, the new Frontyard will provide intensive support unlike anything else found in youth homelessness services in the Melbourne CBD. 

Emma Hendry, Hendry Group CEO, said that she was immediately onboard, when she first heard about the project.

“The Frontyard project really stood out for us. It not only provides accommodation but serves as a fully integrated multidisciplinary support program. We believe meaningful change will occur through this program,” she said.

Special thanks to The Peter and Lyndy White Foundation, Gandel Philanthropy, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, PwC, Joe White Bequest, Dorothy Kingston, The Andrew and Geraldine Buxton Foundation.