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Key details

Location 
Galada Ave, Parkville VIC

Policy objective 
Affordable housing

Client 
Department of Health and Human Services

Overview

Parkville Gardens is a housing development on a 20ha site in Parkville, formerly the site of the Athletes’ Village for the 2006 Commonwealth Games. It was also the former site of the Royal Park mental health facility.

The Parkville Gardens project includes:

  1. Pre-Games phase – completed in early 2006 and used to accommodate approximately 6,000 athletes during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
  2. Post-Games phase – the staged redevelopment of the site into a residential estate

When complete Parkville Gardens will include:

  • Approximately 1,600 dwellings, of which 20% will be dedicated social housing
  • The retention and refurbishment of heritage buildings
  • The creation of wetlands and new parklands

The project has also allowed the Victorian Government to put into practice its policies on environmentally sustainable design, social housing, disabled access and community services.

20ha project area

82 social housing residences

100 aged care beds

1,000 trees planted

Outcomes

  • More than 900 private houses, townhouses and apartments
  • 82 social housing apartments and townhouses
  • 100 beds in Mercy Aged Care's Parkville Gardens facility that are dedicated for the care and accommodation of low-income senior citizens

Approach

The site is being progressively developed through a delivery agreement with Village Park Consortium (Frasers Property Group and Citta Village Park Pty Ltd).

Design and construction of the development has focused on minimising its ecological footprint. Key environmental features to date include:

  • Six star energy ratings for all houses
  • Use of plantation timber and recycled building materials
  • Rainwater collection and recycling
  • Sensor lighting and solar boosted hot water systems
  • Planting of 1,000 trees

The next stage of the development is proposed to be a residential complex including 151 social housing apartments.

Location

Parkville Gardens is located on the former site of the Athletes’ Village for the 2006 Commonwealth Games at Galada Ave, Parkville VIC.

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