Stage one of a new development linking Melbourne’s CBD with the Docklands is now complete, creating jobs, inner-city housing and new open space.
Minister for Planning, Richard Wynne, said, “Melbourne Quarter is a once-in-a-generation transformation of the CBD. It’s creating thousands of jobs, new open space for all Melburnians to enjoy, and it’s the missing link between the city and the Docklands,” Mr Wynne said.
“This is an enormous project, and it’s a big vote of confidence in Victoria. Once complete, Melbourne Quarter will become home to thousands of workers and residents.”
The project was given the green light by the Victorian Government.
The project is creating 15,000 jobs during construction and will become a thriving space for 12,000 workers once complete.
The Melbourne Quarter deck will connect three office towers on a 2.5 hectare site bordered by Collins and Flinders Streets – just opposite Southern Cross.
A centrepiece of the Melbourne Quarter project will be an elevated Skypark garden above Collins Street, as well as a separate public square at ground level.
Melbourne Quarter will also include:
- 130,000 square metres of office space
- 1,690 apartments for 3,000 residents
- 4,000 square metres of retail space, including 40 shops, and food and beverage retailers
- 1,000 square metres of community space
The precinct is set to be a leader in environmental design principles, with more than half of the total development to be open space.
Completion of the first stage of the deck means structural works for the Skypark will begin by the end of 2017.
The entire Melbourne Quarter development will be completed by 2022.