The Waterfront Place precinct occupies an important position within Melbourne as a place of arrival and departure. It serves a variety of roles for international and domestic visitors, and for the local community. The complex Precinct includes a mix of private and public land and uses, the 109 tram terminus, important heritage fabric, cruise ship and ferry facilities, and a public realm which is highly contested at times.
We've worked with stakeholders and the community to explore design guidelines for several properties in the Waterfront Place precinct in Port Melbourne, as well as an approach to developing the public realm.
In April 2020, the Spirit of Tasmania ferry service announced it will move its Victorian port from Station Pier to Geelong in 2022. This move and the Victorian Ports Corporation’s plans for Station Pier and the freight yard will fundamentally affect the future of Waterfront Place.
Our work on the Waterfront Place precinct design guidelines is on hold until more is known about the future of Station Pier. We will continue to work with VicPorts Corporation and the Victorian Planning Authority to plan the future of the precinct and achieve an integrated outcome.
The development of design guidelines for specific sites was a key action identified by the community as part of the Port Melbourne Waterfront Urban Design Framework (UDF). The project is timely, as the Waterfront Place precinct and Station Pier are currently undergoing change with several developments. The design guidelines will ultimately form the basis of a future planning scheme amendment to update existing planning controls. To inform this process, recommendations for planning scheme controls for the study area and Waterfront Place precinct will also be developed.
The public realm principles will be informed by the existing outcomes in the UDF, which will be tested and reviewed in conjunction with the development of design guidelines to ensure integration between the built form and public realm. The public realm approach will inform future designs. Funding has not yet been allocated for further design or construction of public realm works.