An overview of Wyndham's grand development plans

Werribee and surrounds have been in the news of late, principally due to increased public interest surrounding the pending announcement of the successful consortium that will take on East Werribee as one of the nation's largest urban development projects. East Werribee aside, there's no shortage of additional projects both present and future that are set to reinvigorate Wyndham.

In addition to key infrastructure projects such as the Sneydes Road interchange, medical and retail projects feature prominently. The increase in higher-density dwellings also looms large within Wyndham, as the number of apartment projects continues to mushroom.

Below is an overview of the most significant projects currently within Wyndham.

Wyndham Harbour

Wyndham Harbour is making progress, with Lighthouse (above right) set to commence

A number of key elements of the Wyndham Harbour development have changed since Urban Melbourne first covered the project during 2013. While the harbour/breakwater is still under construction, an expected ferry service via Point Cook to Melbourne which would have bolstered the precinct has not eventuated.

Furthermore little has been said about the intended rezoning of land adjacent to the precinct which proponents at the time suggested would make way for three ten level apartment buildings. Regardless the $440 million marina development continues and with Wyndham Harbour Pty Ltd working on delivering the development since 2004, the marina is finally set to open during Summer 2016.

Wyndham Harbour's second major apartment development, Lighthouse Apartments, is expected begin construction prior to the year's end with the SJB Architects-designed complex set to add a further 137 dwellings to the area.

East Werribee

Metropolitan Planning Authority's East Werribee Employment Precinct shapes as the project of distinction in Melbourne's outer west. 775 hectares of largely greenfield land is being released by the State Government for the purposes of a mixed-use city. Expected within the development is 142 hectares dedicated toward retail/office/apartments and industrial uses, 135 hectares solely toward residential development and 123 hectares of open space.

Designated a 20-minute city, East Werribee shapes as a development which will draw surrounding residents in rather than require they commute to Melbourne's CBD for instance.

Australian Education City's impression of East Werribee

East Werribee has been earmarked as the largest development to take place in greater Melbourne and with the successful bidder due to be announced, the Australian Education City (AEC) consortium has been the highest profile group to make a play for the new city. Touted as the boldest development scenario for the sprawling site, AEC if successful are likely to include a host of skyscrapers if their perspective images are anything to go by.

Werribee projects on the go

Werribee projects, both under construction and envisaged

St Vincent’s Private Hospital Werribee shapes as the most significant project on the cusp of construction. Valued at approximately $100 million, the new facility will be located within the East Werribee precinct.

Expected to be completed during late 2017, the hospital will feature a 112-bed private hospital, six operating theatres and a day procedure unit among a host of other uses. A new 80-resident aged care facility will be built alongside the hospital which is in addition to a new $20 million, four level Baptcare aged care facility which is being built by Devco in central Werribee.

Elsewhere and Probuild continue works on Werribee Plaza. Now titled Pacific Werribee, the 140,000sqm expansion is midway through what will eventually become a $370 million redevelopment.

Also under construction is 116 Watton, an apartment complex which has been touted as "A catalyst project in Wyndham City Council’s new urban development plans for the main street of Werribee." With 116 Watton under construction, the incursion of higher density projects within Werribee proper is set to increase.

A number of mid-rise developments are in the offing with commercial and residential projects of up to seven levels in the pipeline.


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

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00
When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development.

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.