Project area: 48 hectares
Development timeframe: 2006 - 2017
Residences: 572 homes
During the 1970s the Niddrie Quarry in Melbourne’s north west was closed and remained vacant for several decades.
Development Victoria purchased the site in 2000 with visions of transforming the disused quarry into a premium residential estate that captured the site’s unique location.
Building a community
Development Victoria has rejuvenated the site through the development of a master plan that embraces the site’s unique location and sets a benchmark for upmarket residential development.
Today Valley Lake is an award-winning residential development featuring contemporary architecture and design integrated with the site’s distinctive features.
Key features include:
- Lakeside living featuring Niddrie Lake, the boardwalk and amphitheatre
- Easy access to the CBD and nearby shopping strips
- Recreation trails for walking, running and cycling, including a cliff-top walkway taking in city views
- Extensive frontage to Steele Creek
- Generous open space, with 30 per cent of the estate dedicated to open space
- Peregrine Park, including a basketball court and playground
- Retained quarry walls, protecting the site’s character and creating a unique landscape
- Contemporary architecture and streetscapes to protect the estate's unique character
- Good connections to Melbourne's freeway system and close to trams, buses and Melbourne's bike path network.
Innovation and awards
Valley Lake is a demonstration of Development Victoria’s ability to tackle difficult sites.
In 2011, Valley Lake won the Urban Development Institute of Australia’s Victorian urban renewal award in recognition of the barriers overcome to bring new life to the site.