Parkville Gardens is a housing development on a 20 hectare site in Parkville that was formerly the Athletes’ Village for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The Parkville Gardens project consists of two separate phases:
- Pre-Games phase – completed in early 2006 and used to accommodate approximately 6,000 athletes during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
- Post-Games phase – the staged redevelopment of the site into the residential estate, Parkville Gardens.
Development Victoria is managing the $43.5 million post-Commonwealth Games phase of the project on behalf of the State.
When complete, Parkville Gardens will comprise:
- Approximately 1,000 dwellings, of which 20 per cent will be dedicated to social housing;
- The retention and refurbishment of 11 heritage buildings;
- The creation of wetlands and new parklands;
- Wheelchair accessible toilets and showers in most dwellings.
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;
- The use of plantation timber and recycled building materials;
- Rainwater collection and recycling;
- Sensor lighting and solar hot water systems;
- Planting of 1,000 trees.
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.
The project is governed by a joint venture development agreement between the State, represented by Development Victoria, Australand Holdings Pty Ltd and Citta Village Park Pty Ltd.