Blueprint for Harbour Esplanade lodged

The master plan that will guide the future development of Harbour Esplanade in Docklands has been lodged with the City of Melbourne.

The plan, which was developed with input from the community, sees Harbour Esplanade becoming a place of increased national significance and one of the great post-industrial waterfronts anywhere in the world.

The Harbour Esplanade Master Plan is a blueprint for the future development of a flexible, adaptive and changing event space by the water. It includes an eight-metre wide waterfront promenade spanning the length of Harbour Esplanade and seven key zones:

  • An Urban Plaza Zone at the southern end of Harbour Esplanade including a green area and improved east-west connections and crossings for pedestrians.
  • An Exhibition and Events Zone, with flexible spaces that can be activated for events and exhibitions. This area will include some buildings and the potential for restored heritage sheds or elements of heritage sheds.
  • A Water Transport Zone, making provision for a future ferry terminal.
  • A Central Entrance and Service Zone, providing a key entry point to Central Pier and a flexible area for transport services during events.
  • A Recreation Zone at the northern end of Harbour Esplanade featuring a water play space for families, a green area and improved east-west connections and crossings for pedestrians. This area will also include some buildings and the potential for restored heritage sheds or elements of heritage sheds, however views from LaTrobe Street to the harbour will be protected.
  • A Heritage Vessel Zone, making provision for heritage vessels to be moored in the harbour.
  • An Active Street Edge Zone which will see the improvement of the eastern street edge in front of Etihad Stadium.

Feedback gathered during an extensive community engagement process in May / June 2014 reinforced the importance of embracing the water and providing flexible public spaces that can be activated during the day and at night. The master plan respects the community’s desire for passive, open spaces through the incorporation of green areas along Harbour Esplanade.

A redeveloped Harbour Esplanade will include buildings to bring new attractors and activity to the harbour’s edge and may also include restored heritage sheds or elements of heritage sheds. Places Victoria and the City of Melbourne will encourage buildings that integrate public space and make a positive contribution to the street and waterfront through design and innovation.

The City of Melbourne will now assess the plan, which forms part of a planning permit application, and it will be considered by the City of Melbourne's Future Melbourne Committee in early 2015.

For further information and to view the application click here.

 

Harbour Esplanade Master Plan precinct zones