Cato Square

Cato Square is the $60+ million transformation of the old Cato Street car park in Prahran into over 9,000m2 of multifunctional urban parkland with underground car parking.

The Cato Square project is one of the largest, most ambitious and exciting construction projects ever delivered in the City of Stonnington.

When completed in 2019, Cato Square will provide urgently needed open space for passive recreation, events, festivals and markets in Prahran and will provide 20 per cent more car spaces for shoppers and retailers in the surrounding Chapel and Greville Street precincts.

Cato Square will become an iconic cultural and recreational destination for residents, traders, shoppers and visitors to Stonnington, with spaces for quiet contemplation or vibrant community events.

Cato Square will be delivered in partnership with members of the community to ensure it is a place that successfully responds to community needs and inspires pride of ownership among city residents.

Click here for more information on the Cato Square Project.

Cato Square is the $60+ million transformation of the old Cato Street car park in Prahran into over 9,000m2 of multifunctional urban parkland with underground car parking.

The Cato Square project is one of the largest, most ambitious and exciting construction projects ever delivered in the City of Stonnington.

When completed in 2019, Cato Square will provide urgently needed open space for passive recreation, events, festivals and markets in Prahran and will provide 20 per cent more car spaces for shoppers and retailers in the surrounding Chapel and Greville Street precincts.

Cato Square will become an iconic cultural and recreational destination for residents, traders, shoppers and visitors to Stonnington, with spaces for quiet contemplation or vibrant community events.

Cato Square will be delivered in partnership with members of the community to ensure it is a place that successfully responds to community needs and inspires pride of ownership among city residents.

Click here for more information on the Cato Square Project.

  • Initial consultation process finalised

    7 months ago
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    Thank you to everyone who attended one of our community forums or visited our information hub throughout March, April and May, we’ve updated our CatoSquare FAQs in line with the key questions and feedback from during this time.

    Council’s vision for Cato Square is the result of extensive community consultation as part of our Public Realm Strategy, Chapel reVision, Chapel Street Masterplan and Strategies for Creating Open Space. Soon we’ll announce the next stage of community engagement, including dedicated information and consultation opportunities for residents and traders.


    Thank you to everyone who attended one of our community forums or visited our information hub throughout March, April and May, we’ve updated our CatoSquare FAQs in line with the key questions and feedback from during this time.

    Council’s vision for Cato Square is the result of extensive community consultation as part of our Public Realm Strategy, Chapel reVision, Chapel Street Masterplan and Strategies for Creating Open Space. Soon we’ll announce the next stage of community engagement, including dedicated information and consultation opportunities for residents and traders.


  • Archaeological works – April to June 2017

    8 months ago
    Archeological dig

    An archaeological investigation will be conducted at the Cato Street car park ahead of the Cato Square redevelopment.

    Archaeologists from Dr Vincent Clark and Associates will excavate the site looking for significant archaeological remains of an 1850s farm and 19th century housing believed to be preserved beneath the present car park.

    The investigation will be conducted near the corner of Izett and Chatham Streets and will result in the closure of a portion of the existing car park.

    Read more in our archaeologicalworks fact sheet.

    An archaeological investigation will be conducted at the Cato Street car park ahead of the Cato Square redevelopment.

    Archaeologists from Dr Vincent Clark and Associates will excavate the site looking for significant archaeological remains of an 1850s farm and 19th century housing believed to be preserved beneath the present car park.

    The investigation will be conducted near the corner of Izett and Chatham Streets and will result in the closure of a portion of the existing car park.

    Read more in our archaeologicalworks fact sheet.

  • Get involved - Register to attend a community forum

    8 months ago
    Cato street fireworks

    Come along to hear more about the project at one of our community forums.

    Location: Functions On Chapel at Prahran Town Hall, 255A Chapel Street, Prahran

    Dates and Times:

    • Thursday 6 April, 6pm - 8pm
    • Thursday 20 April, 6pm - 8pm
    • Tuesday 2 May, 10am - 12pm
    Click here to register for one of the community events.

    Come along to hear more about the project at one of our community forums.

    Location: Functions On Chapel at Prahran Town Hall, 255A Chapel Street, Prahran

    Dates and Times:

    • Thursday 6 April, 6pm - 8pm
    • Thursday 20 April, 6pm - 8pm
    • Tuesday 2 May, 10am - 12pm
    Click here to register for one of the community events.
  • Have Your Say

    8 months ago
    Cato street arial

    This survey is now closed.

    Thank you to all those who participated!

    This survey is now closed.

    Thank you to all those who participated!

  • Fast Facts

    8 months ago
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    Size: Over 9,000m2 including two levels of underground car parking

    Location: The site is bounded by Cato, Izett, Wattle and Chatham Streets, Prahran

    Budget: $60+ million, fully funded by the City of Stonnington

    Parking: Delivering over 500 car parking spaces (an increase of 100+ spaces)

    Architect: Lyons

    Opening: 2019

    Size: Over 9,000m2 including two levels of underground car parking

    Location: The site is bounded by Cato, Izett, Wattle and Chatham Streets, Prahran

    Budget: $60+ million, fully funded by the City of Stonnington

    Parking: Delivering over 500 car parking spaces (an increase of 100+ spaces)

    Architect: Lyons

    Opening: 2019

  • Environmental and Sustainability Initiatives

    8 months ago

    Cato Square builds on Council’s long-standing commitment to the environment and will implement a broad range of holistic environmental and sustainability initiatives.

    Energy efficiency measures will include energy efficient (LED) lighting, high performance thermal, building fabric and glazing. Solar PV, water and storm water capture and management and urban ecology features will be key outcomes of the project. Cato Square will maintain a clear focus on sustainably sourced materials, recycling and efficient waste management to ensure that the project has the highest possible environmental outcomes.

    Cato Square builds on Council’s long-standing commitment to the environment and will implement a broad range of holistic environmental and sustainability initiatives.

    Energy efficiency measures will include energy efficient (LED) lighting, high performance thermal, building fabric and glazing. Solar PV, water and storm water capture and management and urban ecology features will be key outcomes of the project. Cato Square will maintain a clear focus on sustainably sourced materials, recycling and efficient waste management to ensure that the project has the highest possible environmental outcomes.

  • Parking

    8 months ago

    Council recognises the impact on residents and surrounding businesses with the construction of Cato Square.

    Plans are being put in place to deliver a precinct-wide real-time car park management system. State-of-the-art digital directional signage and a wide range of targeted measures will ensure that residents and visitors can access parking in the area.

    Council is consulting with traders and the community while actively pursuing a wide number of measures to minimise the impact of the construction of Cato Square. We will use creative responses to ensure access to a car park while the new underground car park is constructed under Cato Square.

    Council recognises the impact on residents and surrounding businesses with the construction of Cato Square.

    Plans are being put in place to deliver a precinct-wide real-time car park management system. State-of-the-art digital directional signage and a wide range of targeted measures will ensure that residents and visitors can access parking in the area.

    Council is consulting with traders and the community while actively pursuing a wide number of measures to minimise the impact of the construction of Cato Square. We will use creative responses to ensure access to a car park while the new underground car park is constructed under Cato Square.