Ratio

Ratio’s integrated team of experts works across urban, regional, social, economic and transport planning, and traffic engineering

The Emporium Melbourne

Traffic

Lonsdale Street, Caledonian Lane and Little Bourke Street

Melbourne
  • Client

    Colonial First State Global Asset Management

  • Council

    City of Melbourne

  • Location

    Lonsdale St, Caledonian Ln. & Lt. Bourke St.

  • Contact

    Dora Choi

Development Summary

The Emporium Melbourne is a new premium shopping centre that involved the redevelopment of a group of smaller buildings bounded by Lonsdale Street, Caledonian Lane, Little Bouke Street and the Strand Arcade. Opened in April 2014, the development consists of 225 stores, with a total gross leasable area of 46,175 sqm. 

Project Characteristics

Ratio Consultants has worked closely with the Consultants Team throughout the design stages of the project and provided extensive traffic design advice in relation to the on-site loading facilities, accessed via the use of two truck hoists, each 14m long by 7m wide. Ratio also prepared detailed traffic analysis, modelling and prepared traffic signal design plans for the signalisation of Lonsdale Street and Caledonian Lane.

We also worked closely with Grocon on the Worksite Traffic Management Planning which supported a substantial façade retention structure cantilevered across the eastbound lanes of Lonsdale Street, in place for two years. 

6-8 Gamble Street, Brunswick

Planning

6-8 Gamble Street

Brunswick East
  • Client

    Data Flair Pty Ltd

  • Council

    City of Moreland

  • Location

    6-8 Gamble Street, Brunswick East

  • Contact

    Simon Martin, Sam D'Amico, Russell Fairlie

Development Summary

Construction of a five-storey, mixed-use building containing 44 dwellings and commercial shop tenancies.

Project Characteristics

This mixed-use development is located to the immediate south of the BANCO strategic redevelopment site, and to the west of busy Nicholson Street and Brunswick Major Activity Centre, with tram services located along same.  As a consequence of the site being affected by a Development Plan Overlay, Ratio was required to seek approval for a site specific development plan for the site (Stage 1 work). 

The plan effectively approved a set of uses and five-storey building envelope for the site.  Significantly, we were successful in having a building height approved for the site which exceeded the maximum building height recommended in the Moreland Planning Scheme.

A separate planning application (Stage 2 work) was approved by Council for the mixed-use building which includes commercial tenancies and a total of 44 x apartments.  We were successful in attaining a planning permit from Council, without the need for VCAT.  It is anticipated that development will commence in late 2014.

Vibe Hotel & Conference Centre

Traffic

  • Client

    Metier3 Pty Ltd

  • Council

    Murrindindi Shire Council

  • Location

    Maryvsville, Victoria

  • Contact

    Brett Young

Development Summary

Construction has commenced on the $28 million Vibe Hotel and Conference Centre in the regional town of Marysville, a project that is partly funded by the State Government.  Marysville was tragically affected by the Black Saturday bushfires of 2009, which resulted in significant loss of life and property.  The Vibe project will bring a much needed 85 new jobs and is expected to generate $9.5 million a year for the local economy.  Ratio’s Traffic Team is proud to have been part of the planning phase of the project, which was led by Melbourne’s Metier3 Architects.  

Project Characteristics

The development includes a 100 room 4-star hotel, conference facilities for at least 300 people, two new dining venues, day spa and recreational facilities for guests.  Ratio assisted with the design of the 200 space car park, loading area and access to the facility. 

City West Police Complex

Traffic

Spencer Street

Melbourne CBD
  • Client

    CBUS (Australian Super Developments)

  • Council

    City of Melbourne

  • Location

    Cnr La Trobe & Spencer Streets, Melbourne CBD

  • Contact

    Russell Fairlie

Development Summary

Ratio Consultants has provided on-going advice to Cbus and the lead consultants who are charged with design and delivery of the project. Inputs have included traffic impact assessment of the proposal, design of parking and vehicular access facility for a range of Victoria Police vehicles, functional design of easements, and consultation with road and transport authorities. 

Project Characteristics

We used a consultative approach to address the unique requirements of Victoria Police, develop access arrangements and minimise traffic impacts.