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Key details

LocationNorth Melbourne
Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country

Policy objectiveUrban Renewal, Sustainability, Value creation and capture, Social and Economic Infrastructure, Economic Development

ClientDepartment of Transport and Planning

Project partnersVictorian Health Building Authority
Melbourne Water
Victorian Planning Authority
Rail Projects Victoria
VicTrack
Department of Jobs, Skills, Industry and Regions
City of Melbourne
Invest Victoria
Melbourne Biomedical Precinct

Overview

Development Victoria has been engaged by the Department of Transport and Planning to deliver the renewal of the Arden precinct, overseeing its transformation into a globally recognised destination for innovation and industry collaboration.

The location and connectivity of the site presents Arden with a unique opportunity to leverage and complement the success of the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct - one of the world’s leading research hubs for health, technology, life sciences and education.

The first stage of precinct development will focus on the 14 hectares of state-owned land surrounding the new Arden Station, which is currently under construction as part of the Metro Tunnel Project, due for completion in 2025.

The future for Arden was established in the Arden Vision (2018), where in eight key directions for the precinct were identified:

  • Transforming Arden into a landmark destination
  • Designing a distinctive place
  • Embedding sustainable change
  • Accommodating diverse communities
  • Prioritising active transport
  • Investing in community infrastructure
  • Celebrating water
  • Creating diverse open spaces

These principles have been used to inform the Arden Structure Plan and Melbourne Planning Scheme Amendment, both of which were approved and gazetted in July 2022.

44.6ha project area

34,000 new jobs

Timeline

2016

Metro Business Case

2018

Arden Vision

2019

Value Creation and Capture Framework endorsed  

2020

Draft Planning Scheme Amendment

2021-2022

Development Strategy and Planning Scheme Amendment gazettal  

2022

Precinct Business Case and Market Sounding

2023

Market Engagement

2024

Investment Attraction Activities

2025

Arden Station opens

Location

Arden Precinct Expressions of Interest (EOI) Process

The Arden Precinct presents a landmark urban renewal opportunity in an accessible and vibrant part of central Melbourne.

Two minutes by train from the Parkville Precinct, Arden is set to transform into a globally recognised destination and a leading centre for Victoria’s growing knowledge industries, with quality and affordable housing to support diverse residents and key workers.

The Victorian Government is looking to invite consortia or individual commercial organisations to participate in an Expression of Interest (EOI) to develop State Government’s landholding in the Arden Precinct.

This EOI (June 2024), being led by Development Victoria on behalf of the Victorian Government, is the first phase of a multi-staged market process to identify a shortlist of bidders who will be invited to participate in a subsequent Request for Proposal (RFP) process.

This process offers an exceptional opportunity for industry to demonstrate leadership in urban renewal and contribute to supporting population growth and the future of Victoria’s economy.

To view the full Expressions of Interest, Arden Precinct – Arden Central document and provide a formal submission, visit the Buying for Victoria Supplier Portal.

There will also be an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Arden project at two community sessions. Find out more here: https://www.vic.gov.au/arden

To find out more, visit the FAQ page.

Arden station precicnt with station entrance and people walking. City in the background

Background information about the Arden Precinct

The Arden Precinct is an urban renewal precinct in North Melbourne, located 2.5km north-west of the Melbourne CBD, centred around the Metro Tunnel’s new Arden Station. It will be a mixed use and innovation precinct and will be known as a new neighbourhood for Melbourne’s inner north-west. Arden is expected to accommodate approximately 34,000 jobs and be home to around 20,000 residents by 2051.

The Arden precinct consists of 44.6 hectares (of largely historical industrial lots) and is located between Macaulay Road, the Upfield rail line, Moonee Ponds Creek and Dryburgh Street in North Melbourne.

Arden is located just over two kilometres north-west of Melbourne’s CBD and in close proximity to Parkville/Melbourne Biomedical Precinct. Its proximity to Parkville will facilitate continued expansion of Victoria’s world leading biomedical research capability and growth of the Melbourne CBD.

The scale of opportunity so close to the city, along with significant government land holdings and exceptional transport connections, makes Arden a unique project for Melbourne.

By bringing people and jobs closer together spatially and through the provision of high-quality transport links, we are creating opportunities to boost Melbourne’s competitive advantages and economic productivity.

Growth of Arden has the potential to deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits for Melbourne and Victoria.

The Arden Precinct is highly complementary to the nearby Parkville Precinct incorporating the Melbourne Biomedical Precinct (MBP) with over 45 partner hospitals, research centres, education institutions and biomedical organisations.

Arden and Parkville will be connected by just one Metro station, two minutes away, which will enable increased collaboration and synergies between the two precincts.

Arden is well positioned to build upon Victoria’s existing capabilities and become a globally recognised innovation precinct.

Arden will be an innovation cluster, attracting a range of precinct occupants in the life sciences, research, digital technology, and educational technology (edtech) sectors. The physical co-location of these entities will provide opportunities for collaboration and further innovation between research and industry partners.

The Arden Metro Station is planned to open in 2025, connecting Arden to Parkville (2mins) and the CBD (5mins) via the Melbourne Metro Tunnel.

State Government is seeking to partner with the private sector, industry and investors to start delivering the Arden precinct – with quality and affordable housing to support diverse residents and key workers, including affordable build to rent, build to sell, shared equity and key worker housing.

Arden Precinct EOI process

Government is seeking responses from prospective bidders to demonstrate ability to form a partnership with the State to deliver the Vision for Arden.  Detailed information can be found on the official EOI landing page.

The EOI was released on Monday 24th of June 2024. The last day for Bidder’s clarification questions or requests for further information will be on Tuesday 23rd of July 2024.

The EOI process closes at 3pm on Tuesday 20th of August 2024.  Shortlisted Bidders will be invited to provide a Response in late 2024.

This timing is indicative only and may be changed by Development Victoria in accordance with the Conditions of the EOI Process.

Development Victoria is under no obligation to consider any information received from a Bidder after the closing date.

All participants should read the “Expressions of Interest, Arden Precinct – Arden Central” document available on Buying for Victoria Supplier portal as it contains important information for Bidders preparing applications.

Development Victoria will not be conducting individual Bidder briefing sessions as part of this EOI process.  Development Victoria may conduct individual Bidder briefings as part of the RFP stage.

The Department of Transport and Planning will not respond to queries from participants. Participants should direct all queries regarding the Arden Expressions of Interest (EOI) process to Development Victoria.

Requests for clarifications for the EOI may be directed to Development Victoria’s Proposal Manager, Leia Bonacci at arden@development.vic.gov.au or Development Victoria, Level 9, 8 Exhibition Street, Melbourne 3000. Submissions must not be sent or copied to this address. Any submissions received to this email address may be ruled invalid.

Development Victoria is not obliged to respond to any communication relating to the EOI. Where Development Victoria responds to a communication it will provide its response to all Bidders unless Development Victoria is of the opinion that the issues raised apply only to one Bidder.

Communication with any person engaged by Development Victoria for the purposes of the Project (other than Development Victoria’s Proposal Manager) is prohibited and may result in the Bidder being excluded from this EOI process at Development Victoria’s discretion.

Updated on 25 June 2024