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Collingwood Arts Precinct

Urban Design

Collingwood Arts Precinct

collingwood arts precinct
  • Client

    Creative Victoria

  • Council

    City of Yarra

  • Location

    Johnston Street, Collingwood

  • Contact

    Tim Biles


Project Summary

The ratio: Urban Design & Planning Team as Message Consultants was engaged by Creative Victoria to provide strategic planning advice in relation to the development of the Collingwood Arts Precinct, to facilitate the re-use of vacant buildings on the former Collingwood Technical College site for arts and creative purposes.

Message liaised extensively with the client and key stakeholders including CAP Ltd (the not-for profit operator), Circus Oz (occupier of part of the site) and the City of Yarra in order to devise a planning strategy to assist in realising the vision to provide for a broad range of arts and cultural activities including studios, workshops, galleries, rehearsal, performances and events, and spaces for training, production and community engagement and to provide associated accommodation for artists and workers in the creative industries.

This culminated in a request to rezone the site to the Special Use Zone, with a site specifi c schedule to facilitate and support the site as a state-significant hub for the arts and creative industries, and to apply a Parking Overlay.

Message Consultants was responsible for preparation of the Planning Scheme Amendment material and successfully managed the request through the Fast Track Government Land Service, including the provision of expert evidence to the Ministerial Advisory Committee.

The Planning Scheme Amendment was gazetted in July 2017 and provides a clear and robust planning framework for the precinct.

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