Ringwood is going places

When there's a matter of 28 kilometres between the The Big Smoke and Ringwood, it's understandable that the spotlight may not reach all the way out toward the leafy eastern locality. Far from the multitude of towers appearing within Melbourne's CBD, Ringwood is going about establishing its own development surge albeit without the kudos.

Anchoring Ringwood's current uplift in development is QIC's Eastland Stage 5 expansion, with the build increasing the complex by approximately 50%. Current works are valued at $575 million and upon completion the retail hub will weigh in at approximately 127,000 square metres in size, but of more interest is the new library, learning and cultural centre to be constructed conjointly as part of Eastland's expansion.

Ringwood's community hub - Realm. Image courtesy

Realm will provide enhanced service delivery and develop Maroondah’s educational, cultural and community identity through the establishment of a facility that will be the first of its kind offering seamless provision of service, incorporating an integrated library, Council service centre, community spaces and art gallery.

Realm will be situated in a prime location within the Eastland redevelopment facing and interacting with the new 4000sqm town square and with frontage to Maroondah Highway. It will have direct links to the new $66 million Ringwood Station and bus interchange and forecourt space which the Victorian Government is constructing over the next 18 months.

Maroondah Mayor Councillor Les Willmott

With design input from Buchan Group and Acme, Realm will sit opposite a new $66 million public transport interchange due to begin shortly. A Victorian Government project, the redevelopment will principally involve upgrading Ringwood Station, a new pedestrian concourse and revamped Ringwood Bus Interchange.

Crucially both Realm and the new Ringwood Transport Interchange will both include traffic calming and diversion measures, intended to lessen vehicle movements and make the area a more pedestrian friendly experience.

DCA and CHT's versions of 301 Maroondah Highway

Apartment developments are never far from the action with the 301 Maroondah Highway currently acting as the marquee Ringwood development. Initial planning approval was given for a Design Consortia Australia scheme which was to have included 239 apartments over a 14 level structure.

Subsequently Armadale-based 94 Feet have snapped up the site, listing it on their website as a pending development. A new taller design for the site carries what seems to be the hallmark Carabott Holt Turnicov diagonal pattern which would be highly visible for motorists from the prominent Maroondah Highway/Rinwood Bypass intersection.

A host of other residential projects are also on the radar, most notable of which is 233 Maroondah Highway with 131 apartments on offer. Various other smaller developments have gained approval while two large 'gateway' development sites are currently on the market seeking a new owner. 28-30 Maroondah Highway and 43-55 Maroondah Highway are for sale, with concept plans showing 28-30 Maroondah Highway capable of carrying a tower in the 13-15 level range.

Future Forecast

As part of the Melbourne 2031 blueprint, forecasts suggest 5,000 additional dwellings are required to meet Ringwood's expectant demand by 2031 with 800 apartments already having already gained approval. Furthermore Maroondah City Council have implemented a dedicated Ringwood Commercial Precinct with an additional 60,000sqm of commercial floor space envisaged by 2031.

Further information on Ringwood's development surge can be found on the Ringwood Going Places website; see below a selection of assorted Ringwood project images.

Artist's render of a new public space

Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 11:00
Infrastructure Victoria unveiled a new round of research into its larger programme of work dealing with managing transport demand. The authority contracted Arup and KPMG to produce the Melbourne Activity Based Model (MABM) and while it is new, it is considered fit for purpose in the strategic context.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.