Transforming over 770 hectares into a vibrant new city masterfully planned for the dream life
Live, work and play at Merrifield deliberately planned for Convenience and Prosperity set to become a Flourishing City within the rapidly expanding Northern Corridor of Melbourne
Designed to offer an unparalleled lifestyle, Merrifield will deliver extensive neighborhoods with a range of homes, beautifully landscaped parks, schools and playgrounds, a vibrant 24 hour city centre with retail and dining experiences, and a thriving business park. Together making it the destination for work, leisure and living
The new Heart of the North is set to change the face of Melbourne’s North forever transforming over 770 hectares into a vibrant new city. Carefully planned to offer diversity, prosperity and modern living giving rise to over 7,300 new homes, an employment base for 25,000 workers, the building of a new city centre and the inclusion of parklands and community areas.
Merrifield, located just 30km from Melbourne CBD, is set to become one of Australia’s largest new masterplanned communities where you can live the ultimate lifestyle in and amongst employment opportunities, parks, community amenities, schools, retail and vibrant city centre only 30km from Melbourne CBD
Your ability to work close to where you live in a 350 hectare business park planned to deliver 25,000 new jobs or shop in the new shopping centres, supermarkets, cafes, restaurants and entertainment right on your doorstep
The planned open spaces at Merrifield Park will offer vast green spaces, walking, cycling and running tracks, lakes and endless space for outdoor adventure in an environment in which your children can thrive. And of course easy access to learning from Childcare to Primary and Secondary schools only minutes from your home
The nearby Hume Freeway and Outer Metropolitan Ring Road will connect you in most directions without the stop start of traffic lights. Access Melbourne, Geelong, The Great Ocean Road or Melbourne Airport with ease
A joint venture between MAB Corporation and Gibson Property Corporation, the project will be divided into four precincts – living, parklands, business park and city centre – the culmination of which is a 770 hectare community.
Having already masterplanned the 350 hectare Business Park, international practice Plus Architecture has been appointed to masterplan the northern half of the city centre.
Plus’s plan for the northern city centre exemplifies visionary masterplanning based on a permeable grid, a variety of overlapping uses, human centered design and creating an inclusive and vibrant public realm.
To actualise a healthy urban living environment, Plus emphasises ‘street as place’, which when distilled can be thought of as the creation of streets as destinations in their own right rather than mere thoroughfares.
“We have designed Merrifield to be a walkable, dense and delightful city that focuses on the microclimate and biodiversity,” Plus Architecture Director Ian Briggs said.
“This creates ample opportunities for contact with nature to help facilitate a healthier living experience.”
“We have taken care to plan for green streets with rain gardens and direct storm water treatment, while also creating a street grid that favors pedestrian movement and cycling so as to encourage interaction and inclusivity,” he said.
Sourcing inspiration from many pedestrian-led towns found throughout Europe, Plus sought to reinvent elements of older urban precincts.
Mixed-function and traditional public spaces such as streets and squares are factored in to promote an active and connected lifestyle.
“Our masterplanning ethos at Plus is inspired by creating cities for people, not cars – while still dealing with the practical realities of an outer suburban city centre,” Mr Briggs said.
“In cities such as Paris and Milan, public space is weighted to the pedestrian.
“With Merrifield, Plus has planned for a number of city squares where the community can come together. Streets are enriched with greenery and experiential elements that give people a reason to walk through them.”
“It is our hope that in doing so we help pedestrians better engage with their surrounds and their community.
“Over the course of our 20-year history we have refined our masterplanning approach and continue to concentrate on the delivery of well-planned, inclusive and dynamic cities and communities,” Mr Briggs said.
The project also received praise and support from the Victorian government as part of a broader strategy to address housing supply and affordability in the state.
“This is one of the best examples of a truly masterplanned community, where economic and employment opportunities are just as important, and have been just as carefully planned as the residential amenity,” Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said.
With the business park alone set to produce 20,000 direct jobs and the living precinct set to house over 7,000 residents, Merrifield CBD will follow suit by including a courthouse, museum, art gallery, aquatic centre, library, town hall and bus interchange, with plans to include judicial, civic, commercial and residential buildings as well.
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