Development Victoria

Renewing a landmark inner city site

Fitzroy Gasworks Site

Overview
The former Fitzroy Gasworks site is an important part of Fitzroy North’s industrial and social heritage.

The site is bordered by Smith Street, Alexandra Parade and Queens Parade, sits within an established community and is close to sustainable transport options.

The vision for the site is to create an urban village that includes new housing, a senior high school, a sports centre and open space.

Development Victoria has consulted with the local community and council and there will be opportunities for the community to provide more feedback as the project progresses, to get the best outcome for the site and neighbourhood.

The site has been rezoned as Mixed Use. This zoning provides an opportunity to create a fresh and vibrant mixed-use development with new homes, shops and offices. New community facilities and public open space are also being planned.

The location of the former Fitzroy Gasworks, along with its proximity to transport corridors, public transport, centres of economic activity and open space make it ideal for this type of development. Development Victoria is progressing the development of this site, including management of the site’s remediation.

Remediation

The site is contaminated because of its former use as a gasworks and is subject to an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Clean Up Order. Remediation of the site will require excavation of up to 12 metres of soil, which will be transported to an EPA approved facility. Here it will be treated to remove contamination and disposed of in accordance with environmental regulations.

Planning for the remediation has commenced with contractors preparing a draft Remediation Action Plan for approval by the EPA. Once a plan is approved, remediation of the site will commence. This is likely to occur in early 2019 and may take up to two years to complete. The community will be kept up to date about the works taking place during this time. 

During remediation, the surrounding community will be protected by the erection of Odour Control Enclosure (OCE) that will ensure dust and vapours are contained on the site.

Completion of the remediation works will make it safe for the development of new homes and a school.

Community engagement

Development Victoria has worked with the Fitzroy community to identify local priorities and aspirations and has sought to address these in the development. 

Between 2016 and 2017, the community provided input about their aspirations for school and sports facilities, social housing, open space and community art among others. We also heard concerns about height and density, traffic, parking and the heritage of the site.

Our design team has taken account of this feedback to prepare a proposal that includes many of the aspirations raised by the community and seeks to address concerns through good design. There will be further opportunities for the community to provide feedback as the project progresses.

Development

Final design is yet to take place, but the following elements are likely to be included:

  • 1,100 apartments, 20 per cent of which will be social/shared equity/affordable housing
  • a 650-student senior high school to provide extra capacity for students from Collingwood College and Fitzroy High School
  • a six-court sports facility integrated with the school and catering for a range of sports
  • a community facility to be developed in consultation with council
  • all site car parking to be located underground, with bicycle parking above ground
  • eight per cent of the site to be offered as public open space, with additional open space associated with residential development 
  • adaptive reuse of the Valve House and relocation and restoration of the Porter Iron Store (subject to approval by Heritage Victoria)

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Further information

Learn more and provide your feedback about the Fitzroy Gasworks project at our engagement hub page.

Links

Further information on the high school is available at the Victorian School Building Authority website.