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Key partners

  • Walker Corporation
  • Lendlease Development Pty Limited
  • PanUrban Corporation Pty Ltd
  • Folkestone/Leighton JV Pty Ltd
  • Village Docklands Pty Ltd
  • Grocon Pty Ltd
  • Melbourne Civic Pty Ltd
  • 737 Bourke Street Pty Ltd
  • Goods Shed Docklands Pty Ltd
  • Suncorp-Metway Ltd
  • Equiset Grollo Group
  • WT Partnership Pty Ltd

Overview

Batman's Hill is a mixed-use precinct with a bustling business centre, and is headquarters for a number of major corporations.

Key features include:

  • Heritage-listed Railways Goods Sheds
  • Media House, home to The Age (newspaper) and 3AW (radio)
  • Collins Square, a five-tower commercial and retail development
  • Channel 9 (television) Head Office
  • Melbourne Quarter, a 2.5-hectare site fronting Collins and Flinders Streets, opposite Southern Cross Station including 1,500 residences and more than 100,000m2 of commercial space
  • 25-metre high 'Eagle' sculpture by Bruce Armstrong, which keeps a watchful eye over Docklands and was inspired by 'Bunjil', the eagle spirit creator of the Kulin Nations, the original inhabitants of Melbourne and surrounds
  • 80-metre long, 56 tonne 'Supersonic' sculpture by Dion Horstmans inspired by an F18 jet breaking the sound barrier

Development Victoria’s key project partners for Batman’s Hill are the Walker Corporation (Collins Square) and Lendlease (Melbourne Quarter).

Location

Batman’s Hill is the eastern gateway to Docklands. Next to Southern Cross Station, Batman’s Hill is bound by Bourke and Flinders Street and Spencer Street, Waterview Walk and Batman’s Hill Drive.

Collins Street is the main spine of the precinct, providing major corporations with a prestigious Collins Street address.

Key buildings

Media House

Media House is the front door to Docklands — on the corner of Collins and Spencer Streets (opposite Southern Cross Station). It's the editorial and commercial headquarters for Fairfax Media. The development built over rail, a first in Docklands, which involved shutting down rail tracks and the coordination of a large number of stakeholders.

Stage: Complete, Project duration: 2007- 2009, Architect: Bates Smart, Developer: Grocon on behalf of Fairfax Media.

Goods Shed North

The heritage-listed Goods Shed was originally built in 1889 as part of the Victorian Railways, spanning over two city blocks in length. The exterior of the Goods Shed North was restored to its original state and many of the heritage listed elements have been retained and incorporated into the modern sophisticated warehouse office design. It is the first 5-star Green Star heritage building in Victoria.

Stage: Complete, Project duration: 2008- 2009, Architect: Ellenberg Fraser & Bligh Voller Nield, Developer: Pan Equity Goods Shed Pty Ltd.

Collins Square

Collins Square is one of Australia’s largest commercial mixed-use developments, offering both commercial offices and retail space over a whole city block on Collins Street. It includes five towers connected by an innovative retail space on the ground level, and the heritage listed Goods Shed South. Each of the towers feature artwork by prominent artists including John Olsen, Rikki Kasso and aboriginal artist Yannima Pikarli Tommy Watson.

Stage: Complete, Project duration: 2010- 2019, Architect: Bates Smart, Buchan, Hassell, Woods Baggot and Sissons, Developer: Walker Corporation.

Melbourne Quarter

Melbourne Quarter is one of the largest mixed-use urban regeneration developments in Melbourne and the final project within the Batman’s Hill precinct. Incorporating three commercial towers, three residential towers, associated retail and with more than 50 per cent of the 2.5ha site dedicated to public open space.

Stage: Construction, Project duration: 2013- 2025, Architect: Fender Katsalidis, Denton Corker Marshall, Woods Bagot and Aspect Oculus, Developer: Lendlease.

Timeline

2000

  • State Government approves plans for a bridge extending Collins Street to extend to water’s edge

2002

  • Section of the heritage listed Railway Goods Shed removed to make way for the extension of Collins Street to allow access into the Docklands.
  • 225-metre high Eagle sculpture by Bruce Armstrong landed in Docklands.

2004

  • 700 Collins Street, 17 level commercial building, completed
  • Collins Street bridge opens, extending Collins Street into Docklands

2005

  • Watergate Apartments at 8-18 Waterview Walk completed
  • Village Docklands, 192 apartment residential tower at 8 McCrae Street completed

2007

  • 750 Collins Street, 10 level commercial building completed
  • 767 Bourke Street Strata and Serviced Offices, SOHO apartments and Business Club completed

2008

  • 737 Bourke Street commercial building completed
  • 710 Collins Street (Goods Shed North redevelopment) completed

2009

  • 655 Collins Street, Media House, completed

2012

  • Goods Shed South and Lantern Building at 707 Collins Street completed
  • Collins Square Tower 4A at 747 Collins Street completed

2013

  • Collins Square Tower 4B at 727 Collins Street completed

2017 

  • Collins Square Tower 4C at 747 Collins Street completed
  • Collins Square Tower 4D at 727 Collins Street completed

2018

  • One Melbourne Quarter, 13 level commercial tower completed
  • First stage of the Melbourne Quarter’s Skypark opens

2019

  • Collins Square mixed-use development completed following completion of the final stage, Tower 4E at 747 Collins Street