The 31ha site is currently functioning with industrial and commercial uses and has been identified for future redevelopment. Spiire are working with a number of key stakeholders, Victorian Planning Authority (VPA), City of Kingston (Council) and Goodman Properties Australia (the sole landowner) to inform the Comprehensive Development Plan for the site’s future uses.
The project commenced with a series of stakeholder workshops. Given the prominence of the site and location adjacent to three council boundaries and within a number of key authority jurisdiction, these workshops defined the scope of the investigation and highlighted opportunities and constraints on the redevelopment.
Options for redevelopment that considered water sensitive urban design including stormwater treatment, flood mitigation, alternative water supply, flow conveyance, and the location and integration of public open space were proposed and discussed through the workshop forums. Whilst the final development plan is informed by all of these elements, flooding was established as the driving factor in the redevelopment opportunities.
Phase two of the project has been a flood modelling exercise whereby a number of options for open air and tank retardation, road, channel and pipe flow have been considered to meet the requirements and expectations of VPA, Council, Melbourne Water and Goodman and inform the development plan for the site.