Sustainable Development for Docklands

Thursday, 6 March 2008

Minister for Planning, Justin Madden today announced plans for the $300 million Docklands’ North East Stadium Precinct (NESP) project that will include environmentally sustainable features.

Mr Madden said the development known as the Lacrosse Docklands would receive the VicUrban Ecologically Sustainable Design (ESD) Award of Merit.

Features will include:

  • A Blackwater treatment plan which will re-use 70 percent of storm water to be collected and be re-used; and
  • Rainwater from roofs will be used to flush toilets and podium water to be used for irrigation.

“The Lacrosse Docklands development will see 550-600 residents call the place home. As well, two new entry points have been created to the Telstra Dome concourse for people coming over the Latrobe St Bridge,” Mr Madden said.

VicUrban has entered into a development agreement with 675 La Trobe St Pty Ltd – a joint venture between Pan Urban and Halim Group, to develop the site.

“The Lacrosse Docklands will feature a 21-level City-facing tower and 18-level water-facing tower that will create a precinct to add to Melbourne’s ever growing CBD community.”

The development will also see 300 SoHo (small office / home office) apartments, 120 Quest serviced apartments, and more than 5000m2 of retail space take shape on this currently vacant piece of land.

The precinct will not only cater for large events and pull in the large crowds, but will have vibrant community activities and facilities for broader public use.

VicUrban CEO Pru Sanderson says the development is in line with VicUrban’s vision for the entire stadium area.

“The proximity to both Southern Cross Station and the CBD, combined with easy access to the Docklands waterfront makes this a prime area in which to deliver an active, integrated development unique to this part of the world,” Ms Sanderson said.

“The project will also further strengthen the diversity of the Docklands wider community, bringing in additional residential, retail and commercial opportunities.”

Construction of Lacrosse Docklands is scheduled to begin in mid 2008 with completion in 2010.

The Melbourne Docklands precinct is currently more than one third complete or under construction and by around 2020 is expected to be home to up to 20,000 residents and 40,000 workers with 20 million visitors annually.

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For further information and interviews please contact:

Jane Calvert
Communications Manager - Docklands
Ph: (03) 8317 3643
Mb: 0403 603 125
Jane.Calvert@VicUrban.vic.gov.au


Sustainable Development for Docklands