Development Victoria

Docklands precincts

Development Victoria has adopted a precinct approach to guide the development of Docklands.

Through a competitive bid process, Development Victoria has sold the right to develop each precinct, or land within it, to Docklands developers.

In the time of sale, the developer and Development Victoria enter into a binding contract, known as a Development Agreement, that outlines how and when the precinct will be developed. Each precinct has its own distinct master plan, which forms the basis of the Development Agreement.

This approach has resulted in a number of thriving precincts, each with its own distinct character.

Precincts and developers in Docklands include:
  • Batman's Hill
  • Stadium precinct
  • Yarra's Edge
  • Victoria Harbour
  • Waterfront City
  • Newquay
  • Docklands Studios
  • Digital Harbour 

Batman's Hill

The Batman’s Hill precinct has become a bustling business centre. With Bourke, Collins and Flinders Street frontage, it is home to the headquarters of a number of major corporations. Our project partners in Batman’s Hill are the Walker Corporation (Collins Square) and LendLease (Melbourne Quarter).

The key features of Batman’s Hill include:
  • The former Railways Goods Sheds;
  • ‘Bunjil’, the 25-metre eagle sculpture synonymous with Docklands;
  • The 65-metre long ‘Supersonic’ sculpture;
  • The historic Queens Warehouse, home to the Fox Classic Car Collection (link)
  • Channel 9’s head office;
  • Media House, home to the Age and 3AW;
  • Melbourne Quarter, the 2.5-hectare site on Collins and Flinders Street, opposite Southern Cross Station, which is being developed by LendLease. The development will include commercial space of more than 100,000 metres square and 600 residences. Read more here; and 
  • Collins Square, a five-tower commercial and retail development with key tenants such as Pearson, the ATO, Commonwealth Bank, KPMG, Maddocks, AECOM and the Link Group.

Stadium Precinct

The Stadium Precinct sits between Bourke and LaTrobe streets and is bordered by Harbour Esplanade and the railway corridor into Southern Cross Station. It was one of the first areas to see development in Docklands, with the opening of the Docklands Stadium (now Marvel Stadium) in 2018.


Our project partners in the Stadium precinct include Marvel StadiumSeven NetworkAFL House, Capital Alliance (M Docklands) and CBus Property

The key features of the Stadium precinct include:
  • Marvel Stadium, the centre of precinct and with seating for more than 50,000, it features a retractable roof and world-class wireless and replay screen technology;
  • The Stadium Precinct, home of AFL, with AFL House fronting Harbour Esplanade; 
  • The Seven Broadcast Centre on Harbour Esplanade, which features two digital studios with public viewing and is the Melbourne home of the Seven Network
  • The Medibank building on Bourke Street, featuring two 20-metre-high planted green walls along the building's Bourke Street frontage with a further 520 planter boxes installed higher up the building on the building's exterior façade; 
  • The Village @ NAB, a place to connect and work, and home to 6000 NAB employees;
  • Docklands’ first five-star hotel, M Docklands comprising a 19-level building with a five-star Mantra 'Peppers' hotel on levels two to five and 186 private residential apartments on the remaining upper levels.

Yarra's Edge

Sitting on the north-facing banks of the Yarra River is Yarra’s Edge.  It is home to more than 2,500 residents and offers absolute water frontage and access to private marina berths.  Mirvac has developed Yarra’s Edge with a focus on offering premium lifestyle developments. Mirvac Victoria YouTube page

The key features of Yarra’s Edge include:
  • Its proximity to the South Wharf retail, Crown entertainment precincts and Melbourne’s CBD; 
  • The Webb Bridge which marks the entry into Yarra’s Edge from South Wharf and is an outstanding example of urban art;
  • The state-of-the-art Marina YE, The closest marina to Melbourne’s CBD with 165 berths;
  • Point Park, the centrepiece to the park precinct and a green oasis within Docklands, which features an integrated art and landscaped play environment known as Harmony Garden. It is a first for Melbourne and includes flower bells, lantern bells and a music wall; and
  • Wharf’s Landing, an expansive 2000m2 green open space with complimentary WiFi access for residents to work and play.

 

Victoria Harbour 

With its direct connection to the CBD via Collins Street, a vibrant mix of residential, office, retail and community open space set along 2.5 kilometres of water frontage, Victoria Harbour offers a truly unique Melbourne experience. Victoria Harbour has 30 hectares of space with spectacular promenades and welcoming parklands. Victoria Harbour is being developed by Lendlease which has recently received planning approval to proceed with its Collins Wharf development.


The key features of Victoria Harbour include:
  • The highest concentration of green buildings in Australia;
  • The first two buildings in Australia constructed from cross laminated timber (CLT) – Library at The Dock and Forte. Forte is also the tallest residential timber building in the world; 
  • The fact it is one of the initial projects worldwide to be included in the Clinton Climate Initiative’s global Climate Positive Development Program; 
  • 150 place Harbour Family and Children’s Centre  
  • Over 80 retail offerings;
  • 2.5 km of river and harbour promenade;
  • Victoria Green, featuring BBQs, picnic tables and native garden beds
  • Collins Landing, a waterside park with ferry and boat mooring facilities
  • Docklands Community Garden;
  • Library at The Dock, Buluk Park and Community Hub at The Dock; and
  • Up to 178 marina berths to be located on Water Plaza

Waterfront City

Waterfront City is a world-class retail, entertainment, residential, commercial and leisure precinct just two kilometres from the CBD. It offers an alternative to high-rise living in Docklands, with architecturally designed apartments and townhouses with private garden settings.  The key partners in the Waterfront City precinct is Ashe Morgan, which is redeveloping The District Docklands shopping precinct to include a new Hoyts cinema, supermarket and fish market.


The key features of Waterfront City include:

Newquay 

NewQuay is central to Melbourne's major attractions including sports and entertainment venues, markets, theatres, galleries and shopping. NewQuay offers the best of Melbourne - waterfront restaurants, business hubs and spectacular views of the city and beyond. 

NewQuay developers include MAB Corporation and Hiap Hoe. Other key partners include City of MelbourneMcBride Charles Ryan Architects, Callum Morton, Oculus Landscape ArchitectsWoods Bagot ArchitectsdKo Architecture, Hiap Hoe and Docklands Spaces.

The key features of NewQuay include:
  • A prime waterfront location, with spectacular restaurants and award-winning architectural designs creating a distinctive skyline;
  • NewQuay Piazza – the site of many public events and Australia Day fireworks;
  • The Sebel;
  • Nine public art pieces and the integrated landscape and art revitalisation project Monument Park;
  • Ron Barassi Snr Park opened in October 2015 featuring a sports field, children’s playground and community pavilion; and
  • The new Four Points Sheraton, which opened in March, 2017. 

 

Docklands Studios

Docklands Studios Melbourne is one of three major film studio complexes in Australia, hiring sound stages, offices and support facilities to the local and international screen industry. Recent productions include The Moon and the Sun, Predestination and I and Frankenstein, as well as domestic television series’ such as Winner & Losers and the Footy Show.  The biggest production to shoot at the studios was the HBO mini-series, The Pacific, produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks.


The key features of Docklands Studios include: 
  • The ability to cater for international films (only one of three studios in Australia offering;
  • Five large state-of-the-art sound stages totalling 6,318m2; 
  • Workshops and craft shops total 6,170m2; and 
  • Production offices total 2,368m2. 

 

Digital Harbour

Digital Harbour is an-inner urban community with water frontage on the western edge of Docklands. It is a mixed-use neighbourhood held together by a series of green landscaped recreation spaces with overlays of high speed communications infrastructure and Australian and world's best practice Ecologically Sustainable Development (ESD).

Digital Harbour (Holdings) Pty Ltd has the development rights for Digital Harbour.

The key features of Digital Harbour include:
  • The home of NBN Co’s Network Operations Centre;
  • Telstra’s National Learning Academy which is housed in the Innovation Building; and
  • Life.lab, a mixed-use building housing a range of small to medium enterprises.