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Key details

Location
North Melbourne
Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung Country 

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

Client
Department of Transport and Planning

Project partners
Victorian 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.

In October 2022, the Victorian Government announced a $2 – $2.5 billion dollar investment to support the establishment of the Arden Hospital, which will be utilised by both the Royal Melbourne Hospital and Royal Women’s Hospital. Construction is due to commence 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.  

For more details on the Arden Precinct please download the Arden brochure here.

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

Arden Hospital construction expected to commence   

Updated on 26 May 2023