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NewQuay is united

30 Aug 2011

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MAB Corporation has united NewQuay into a single precinct with the purchase of the Victoria Harbour section of Waterfront City from ING Real Estate Development.

It plans to construct five new buildings in the area over the next four years, including a hotel on the waterfront end of the current Waterfront City Piazza.

The rest of the piazza will become a park and MAB says the hotel will shelter the area from prevailing south-easterly winds.  It is unclear what will become of the statues of Dame Edna, Kylie and friends.

Some 90,000 sqm of mainly residential development is proposed, which MAB says will add up to 2000 new residents, hotel guests and workers to NewQuay.

To be known as NewQuay Central, the initiative links MAB’s long-established NewQuay East with its new low-rise NewQuay West residential area, which stretches along Victoria Harbour to the Bolte Bridge.

Its deal with ING has been an open secret in Docklands, but the announcement was only made on August 31.

MAB has submitted a master plan to VicUrban and the Department of Planning and Community Development and has announced a series of community consultations on its proposal.

Two sessions have been announced for September 13 and 14 from 6.30 pm at the former Fix tenancy – up the stairs behind the piazza big screen.

MAB says it bought the land between Docklands Drive and NewQuay Promenade from ING in an off-market transaction for an undisclosed sum.

It has developed the master plan for the area with Melbourne architects DKO, but it says each building will be designed by a different architectural firm.

ING Real Estate Developments CEO Greg Boyd said: “We are thrilled with the announcement as we have been working for many years with MAB towards this outcome.”

“This scheme will provide a green, north-sun-facing public park to the south boundary of Harbour Town and also connect, as one, the currently-severed east and west NewQuay precincts,” Mr Boyd said.

“It will also allow ING to concentrate on the Harbour Town Shopping Centre, the Icehouse and the rebuilding of the wheel.”

A MAB spokesperson said: “The scheme will revitalise the existing retail, community and public realm by creating a major public park, residential buildings and an international hotel.”

“The park will be one of the largest green open spaces in Docklands and is designed in the tradition of Melbourne’s beloved inner-city gardens. It will include a new pavilion that delivers food and beverages in the style of Brunetti in Melbourne’s City Square.”

“A landmark hotel will occupy a prominent waterfront site on the NewQuay Promenade with spectacular views across Victoria Harbour to the city. The hotel will provide an elegant backdrop to the public park and shelter the park from south-easterly winds. MAB’s discussions with an international hotel operator are well advanced.”

“The infill development in NewQuay Central will reinforce vital connections between the east and west parcels of NewQuay, as well as north into Harbour Town.”

“MAB believes that the aspirations prescribed in VicUrban’s Second Decade of Docklands strategy are embodied within this scheme. The scheme addresses some consistent challenges faced in Docklands including the need for more green space, better protection from the elements through sheltered spaces and a greater variety of high quality building types.”

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  • Justin at 11:57am on 11/09/11

    Im pretty sure the problem winds come from the South-West not South-East so a building designed to block SE winds won't help will it. Why can't those two towers be taller? With possibly an office component. They should also have LED strip lighting around the edges to provide a nice effect at night.
  • Ron Douglas at 5:31pm on 13/09/11

    MAB spokepersons comments in the last 5 paragraphs appear self serving and are in conflict with the document "Whats Next" distributed in 2002.
  • Rose M at 2:09pm on 17/09/11

    Maybe I'm not understanding how this will work but there's talk about not enough open space in Docklands and this small piazza will now be built on too. If it's a windy space already, how will the two wing buildings not funnel wind down the sides of the proposed hotel? To me, this means that an area of Docklands already known for its wind tunnels, will only have two more.

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