What Is North Melbourne’s Arden Vision?

The Arden Station looks to reimagine and revive Melbourne’s industrial inner north with a new age metro tunnel and urban growth.

Sitting on the edge of the city, at the cross-section of Arden Street and Laurens Street, Arden Station will be Inner North Melbourne’s thriving economic and urban boom in the next three decades, according to the Arden Vision.

That’s right, with a benchmark timeline of thirty years, give or take a global pandemic, the station is set to bring a potential 15,000 new residents to the area, including more than 34,000 jobs all of which will be connected via Melbourne’s Metro Network.

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The Arden Vision Plan:

  • Create a new destination for Melbourne that is a great place to live learn, work and visit
  • Accommodate more than 34,000 jobs and 15,000 residents by 2051
  • Deliver a major transport hub around the new North Melbourne Station
  • Enhance the Moonee Ponds Creek corridor to become a valued asset for existing and new communities and the natural environment
  • Create two new urban boulevards which will create a civic heart for Arden
  • Build on Parkville’s growing role as a technology, life sciences, health and education precinct
  • Provide at least 6 per cent of all new housing in the precinct as affordable for low to moderate-income households
  • Reinforce natural and built heritage to create a new character for the precinct
  • Be developed under urban design guidelines that build on Arden’s evolving character
  • Be protected by innovative solutions to manage to flood, make better use of water and expand spaces for recreation and biodiversity
  • Deliver innovative community hubs and two to four new schools
  • Source: https://participate.melbourne.vic.gov.au/arden/plan

The Future of Inner North Melbourne

The Arden-Macaulay Structure Plan was put together back in 2012 and after extensive revisions and drafts, the final Arden Vision and Framework was endorsed in 2018 by the Council and Minister of Planning.

Mid 2020 public consultation began, wherein the public and residents of Inner North Melbourne were asked what their views of the future for Arden Station are. Those views and an updated Arden Vision Draft will be made public later this year (2020) before the Final Arden Structure Plan goes through and a public exhibition for the proposed Planning Scheme will open in 2021. By 2025 an early activation and development is slated to open at Arden Station. The development will intensify in 2035 and finally by 2045 Inner North Melbourne should be transformed in its entirety into a thriving economic, social, and residential district. Though a project is never truly finished, by 2051, Arden and its greater community will thrive.

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What’s On Site? What’s Done, At Arden Station?

Arden Station is being built in a cut and cover method.

The North Melbourne site plays a key role in the construction of the western section of the Metro Tunnel. The site is home to a number of facilities including offices, a concrete batching facility, storage areas for the concrete segments that will line the rail tunnels and facilities to manage excavated materials.

The project’s first two tunnel boring machines (TBMs) broke through at Kensington earlier this year (2020) and were returned to Arden Station. There they began their journey to Parkville. TBM Joan broke through into the Parkville Station box 20 metres below Grattan Street in late August 2020 and TBM Meg broke into the station box in September 2020.

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Arden Vision Key Directions 

  • Transforming Arden
    • Arden’s future will not only advance but set to strengthen North Melbourne as a progressive, innovative and interconnected local and global city. The Arden vision plans on stimulating employment growth and diversity and introduce learning, living and innovative projects.
      • Include a mix of affordable spaces suitable for start-ups, creative enterprises, science labs and global businesses.
      • Include an innovation hub and a major health or education institution to attract other innovative companies.
      • Support world-class facilities such as laboratories, research clinics and co-working spaces.
      • Embed Aboriginal cultural connections by collaborating with Traditional Owners on the development of community facilities, signage, naming and native planting.
  • Designing a distinct place
    • Arden Vision promises an exceptional design, anchored by the characteristic form that speaks to North and West Melbourne residents and coalesces with the existing format.
      • Create a network of laneways to be new shared public spaces, building on Melbourne’s world-famous laneway culture.
      • Require high architectural standards for new developments to ensure Arden is filled with inspiring streets and buildings.
      • Incorporate heritage features sensitively into new developments.
      • Control building heights and setbacks so taller buildings do not detract from Arden’s public spaces.
      • Place taller buildings – around 20 to 40 storeys – along the CityLink corridor and in Arden Central and shorter buildings – around three to six storeys – near public spaces and neighbouring suburbs.
      • Space taller buildings apart from each other to preserve privacy and sunlight.
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  • Embedding sustainable change
    • The entire planning and development of the Arden Station project will be underpinned by high environmental, social and economic sustainability practices. With the exception, Arden will be an example of peak sustainable urban renewal.
      • Become a cool, green precinct with a visible connection to nature.
      • Use greenery and smart building materials to provide shade and keep the precinct naturally cool.
      • Provide a progressive waste management system to allow 90 per cent of waste to be diverted from landfill.
      • Require high sustainability standards for new buildings.
  • Accommodating diverse communities
    • Including a percentage of affordable housing projects, Arden will set a standard of diverse living. It will cater to households across ranges of ages and incomes. And all new homes will be sustainable and accessible.
      • Provide affordable housing and local community services to help house an economically and socially diverse community.
      • Require at least six per cent of new housing to be affordable housing for people on low or very low incomes.
      • Seek even higher levels of affordable housing on council-owned land.
  • Prioritising active transport
    • Becoming a city hub, Arden will complement North Melbourne Station and include easy access and attractive public areas for commuters, tourists and locals.
      • Design a precinct that is quick and easy to travel through by foot or bike.
      • Extend existing streets and bike paths into Arden, connecting this missing piece of Melbourne’s inner north-west to the rest of the city.
      • Make space for potential future tram or bus routes.
      • Detach parking spaces from homes to allow flexible and efficient parking for workers, residents and visitors.
      • Reduce the visibility of parked cars and the cost of new developments through consolidated parking on the outer edges of shopping, living and working areas.
  • Investing in community infrastructure
    • New schools, community functional spaces and a merging of old and new infrastructure will revive Arden and establish a thriving culture and ever-growing community.
      • Provide space for a new primary school supported by a potential new secondary school in the neighbouring Macaulay precinct.
      • Provide a family and community hub including older persons and disability services.
      • Provide art, cultural and community hub with library facilities and Aboriginal cultural spaces.
      • Allocate space for healthcare services, family services and children’s play facilities.
      • Encourage the private development of cultural spaces like artist studios, galleries and performance spaces.
  • Celebrating water
    • By utilizing innovative and creative flood mitigation solutions, Arden will incorporate water into its landscape. This will be highly focused on the Moonee Ponds Creek. The Creek will become a central environmental, recreational and active transport asset. Integrated water management will also mean a shared and reused water community.
      • Celebrate water as a central aspect of Arden’s identity through visible public water features like rain gardens along key streets and parks that double as flood storage.
      • Employ smart rainwater capture and recycled water systems for buildings and parks.
      • Upgrade existing infrastructure in the precinct such as pumps, pipes and levees.
  • Creating diverse open spaces
    • A cleaner and greener version of the central city. Arden will be a hub of recreation, social and economic structures that provide learning, socializing and transport needs. Multi-functional spaces focused on greenery and natural beauty.
      • Provide a network of connected parks and open spaces so you can walk from one end of Arden to the other while surrounded by greenery.
      • Provide a new urban square at the heart of the precinct opposite Arden Station, and a new neighbourhood park in Arden North that helps manage stormwater through visible water features.
      • Provide a continuous walking trail around Arden like the Tan Track in South Yarra.
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“Arden will be shaped by exemplary urban design and built form, anchored by the valued characteristics that make the suburbs of North and West Melbourne special to its residents and workers. Public areas will respond to the existing environment and strengthen the evolving identity of the precinct.” 

Arden Vision

Arden Vision