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Key partners

  • ING Real Estate Development Australia 
  • Ashe Morgan
  • Capital Alliance 

Overview

Waterfront City is a retail, entertainment, residential, commercial and leisure precinct. It offers an alternative to high-rise living in Docklands, with architecturally designed apartments and townhouses with private garden settings.

Key features of Waterfront City include:

  • O’Brien Icehouse, home of the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia
  • Melbourne Star Observation Wheel
  • The District Docklands shopping precinct
  • Australia's first Costco wholesale warehouse
  • Dining and entertainment including Hoyts state of the art eight-screen cinema, Archie Bros Cirque Electric and Urban Alley Brewery
  • 46 residential townhouses and apartments which sit on top of The District Docklands shopping precinct, and a 58-room apartment building
  • Market Lane fresh food precinct and Woolworths supermarket

Location

Just two kilometres from the CBD, Waterfront City is the western entrance to Docklands. It sits between Victoria Harbour, NewQuay, and the Bolte Bridge.

Waterfront City is connected by several tram services within Melbourne’s free tram zone and has easy access to the Westgate and Tullamarine Freeways.

Key buildings

Melbourne Star

Melbourne Star is the Southern Hemisphere's only giant observation wheel, comprising seven spokes, reminiscent of the seven-pointed star of the Australian flag. Standing at 120 meters high, it takes approximately 30 minutes to complete a full rotation. The observation wheel offers views of Docklands, the CBD, Port Phillip Bay and as far as Mount Macedon, Arthurs Seat and the Dandenong Ranges.

Stage: Complete, Project duration: 2006- 2013, Type: Public, Architect: Sanoyas, Developer: Sanoyas.

O’Brien Icehouse

O’Brien Icehouse is Australia’s largest ice sports entertainment venue. As well as offering a recreation place for Melbournians, the Icehouse is home to the Olympic Winter Institute of Australia and is the training grounds for Australia’s figure skating, speed skating, curling and ice hockey teams.

Stage: Complete, Project duration: 2008- 2010, Type: Public, Architect: Cox Architects and Brisbin Brook Beynon, Developer: ING Real Estate Development Australia.

Docklands Residences and Marriott Hotel

The Docklands Marriott Hotel is the first in Australia in 20 years and it will form part of a mixed-use development including the Docklands Residences. Forecast for completion in 2020, the development includes 190 hotel guest rooms and 110 apartments spread over 16 levels.

Stage: Construction, Project duration: 2019- 2020, Type: Residential, Architect: DKO Architects, Developer: Capital Alliance.

The District Docklands

This dining and entertainment precinct offers Australia's most technologically advanced Hoyts experience, Archie Brothers Cirque Electriq, 8Eight Street Asian hawker-style restaurant and Urban Alley Brewery along with other food and beverage offerings. The new fresh food precinct District Market Lane, features a Woolworths supermarket, complimented by Dan Murphy’s, a large scale Asian Grocer, Priceline Pharmacy and 25 specialty retailers.

Stage: Complete, Project duration: 2002- 2019, Type: Public, Architect: NH Architecture, DKO Architecture, Hassell, Developer: ING Real Estate and Ashe Morgan.

Timeline

2002

  • Waterfront City Holdings (ING Real Estate and Lewis Land Group – previously called LEWING Developments) awarded development rights for the Waterfront City entertainment and retail precinct

2006

  • Waterfront City named as a stopover for the Volvo Ocean Race 2005—2006
  • Docklands hosts seven events at the 2006 Commonwealth Games and Waterfront City is a Games ‘live site’ and Central Pier is used as a cultural/exhibition site during the games

2007

  • Construction is completed on Harbour Town Stage 1B South townhouses and Watermark Apartments

2008

  • Harbour Town Shopping Centre opens
  • ING Real Estate’s second residential development, a 58-dwelling apartment building on The Arcade, is completed
  • The Southern Star Observation Wheel opens but closes a month later due to structural defects
  • American discount retail giant Costco announces plans to base its first Australian store at Waterfront City, creating 225 jobs and commences construction
2009

  • Costco opens in Docklands

2010

  • The National Ice Sports Centre, Medibank Icehouse (now known as O’Brien Icehouse) opens

2013

  • The 120metre Southern Star Observation Wheel is purchased by Sanoyas and renamed Melbourne Star Observation Wheel

2014

  • Ashe Morgan acquire Waterfront City from ING Real Estate with plans to revitalise the precinct including Harbour Town Shopping Centre

2016

  • Development Rights for two stages in Waterfront City are assigned from Ashe Morgan to Capital Alliance

2017

  • Harbour Town Shopping Centre relaunched as The District Docklands by developer Ashe Morgan

2019

  • Capital Alliance commence construction on the 200 room Marriott Hotel
  • Acting Lord Mayor, officially opens Market Lane fresh food precinct