Our world-class Innovation District epitomises all the great things about Melbourne and synthesises them with leading technologies from around the world to create a unique embodiment of what a modern city can be.
In creating the masterplan we focused on creating a solution that transcends built form and establishes a vibrant 24-hour liveable community. Our new sustainable smart city puts work, living and play all within 20 minutes of civic amenities, thereby increasing transport choice and reducing the role of vehicles.
Our masterplan advances the ‘20 minute neighbourhood’ vision promoted by Plan Melbourne that:“…is about the way we plan and develop areas at the local level so that people can access a range of local services and facilities, ideally within 20 minutes of home”.
Australian Education City has accounted for key success factors such as creating activity throughout the day to deliver a critical mass to drive strong retail, leisure and cultural demand while bringing the Innovation District to life beyond a traditional 9-5 working day.
Key highlights of our masterplan for our first Innovation District proposed for the East Werribee Employment Precinct site include:
University & Education: A 290,000m² NLA university to cater to 40,000 students including 20,000 international students, with a further 135,000m² of other education facilities across the precinct
Transport: Delivery of railway into the heart of the precinct and new train stations (all underground from the point it leaves the existing Werribee train line)
R&D: Just under 800,000m² of Research and Development (R&D) floor space to be operated by international business park partners
Jobs: 1,150,000m² NLA of other commercial office floor space
Residential: 2,900,000m² of residential space which will be home to almost 80,000 residents in ~30,000 dwellings including high and medium density apartments, single-family dwellings and student accommodation
The masterplan for our Innovation District reflects the government’s intent by linking the needs of the local community and civic settings to the wider Wyndham community. Recognising its role as a civic catalyst, our proposed Innovation District at East Werribee establishes a unifying framework for this new major urban destination and knowledge centre in the heart of Melbourne’s West.
Melbourne is a dynamic and creative city. We pride ourselves on its reputation for architecture, a love of sports and parklands that spread throughout the city. The facilities, the environment, the way it makes you feel and the way you engage with the city are what make it such a special place and consistently ranked as the world’s most liveable city. Our Masterplan has drawn on these characteristics and merged them with 21st century best practice.