Residences: 274 homes
The closure of the Dandenong Treatment Plant in 1996 saw more than 150 hectares of land close to major roads, public transport and central Dandenong become vacant. In a bid to revitalise the area and take advantage of the site’s strategic location, Places Victoria and landowner Melbourne Water began planning a residential estate with a sustainable difference.
Building a community
The Meridian estate is now complete and home to more than 600 people.
The estate is a sustainable neighbourhood featuring:
- 274 homes with 6-star energy ratings
- Pedestrian-friendly streetscapes
- Stormwater capture
- Fruiting street trees
- More than two hectares of open space and gardens
- Walking and cycling paths
- A community barbeque area
Innovation and awards
Homes at Meridian are connected to the Eastern Treatment Plant’s $6.7 million recycled water pipeline. All houses at the estate were designed with dual pipes to enable the use of Class A recycled water from the pipeline for a variety of tasks including watering gardens and flushing toilets.
The estate also features the 7-star energy efficient Habitat21 homes, winner of a Victorian Institute of Architects award and finalists in the 2011 Premier’s Sustainability Awards.