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Project update

We're building 178 social and affordable homes at Markham Avenue, Ashburton, creating 804 jobs.

The Markham Avenue, Ashburton site is located 12km from the city centre of Melbourne in the City of Boroondara. The site is adjacent to parklands, close to education facilities, employment and transport.

The site previously had 56 two-bedroom dwellings in 2-storey buildings. It has now been prepared for redevelopment.

The proposed redevelopment will provide for 178 homes across 5 buildings designed to be accessible, safe, secure and energy-efficient.

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What you need to know

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The project is located on Homes Victoria land at Markham Avenue, Ashburton.

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City of Boroondara

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The Victorian Government is investing $75.9 million in the development at Ashburton.

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The development at Ashburton is creating 804 jobs.

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The development at Ashburton will include 178 social and affordable housing homes.

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The development will include 5 per cent of Disability Discrimination Act fully accessible homes.

Timeline

  • Community consultation

    2016–2020

  • Additional community consultation

    April to May 2021

  • Site preparation by contractor

    May 2021

  • Construction commencement

    June 2021

  • Completion

    Estimated for 2023

Key features

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Landscape is a key focus of the redevelopment. Proposed courtyards will provide generous building separation and communal open space around the buildings, including the opportunity for deep soil planting.

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A significant number of new native trees will be incorporated into the landscape character which will provide a coherent outcome across the site resulting in a great public realm.

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An accessible pedestrian connection will be provided through the site, linking Markham Avenue to Gardiner’s Creek, as part of the ‘street to creek’ design concept.

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The project promotes good design. The Office of the Victorian Government Architect will review the design proposal and provide advice.

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The design will be environmentally efficient. That means the homes will be more comfortable, as well as less expensive, to heat and cool. They'll carry a 5-star Green Star rating and a 7-star NatHERS average rating.

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We're responding to the changing needs of households in Victoria. The redevelopment will include a range of dwellings including 1, 2 and 3 bedroom homes.

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At least 5 per cent of the new social housing homes will be easy to access for Victorians with disabilities. This includes drop-off areas, paths, lifts and car parking. Inside the home, kitchens, bathrooms and storage will also be accessible.

Further information is available on the National Construction Code website.

Have your say

Community consultation

We asked for community feedback in April and May 2021 to inform our redevelopment plans, through an online survey and 3 online community sessions. Read how your feedback has influenced the development plans in our engagement report.

Construction partners

Built Pty Ltd main works contractor

Contact us

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enquiries@homes.vic.gov.au

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For languages other than English, please call 131 450.

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