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The Eagle [Stadium] Has Landed

Traffic

35 Ballan Road

Werribee
  • Client

    City of Wyndham

  • Council

    City of Wyndham

  • Location

    35 Ballan Road, Werribee

  • Contact

    Russell Symons

Development Summary

As in all rapidly-growing outer-suburban parts of Melbourne, the City of Wyndham is facing an explosion in demand for sporting and recreation facilities. The Council recently commenced a major expansion of its Ballan Road Sports and Fitness Centre (refer map), doubling the number of indoor basketball courts and including updated Child Care and fitness facilities. On-site car parking was planned for expansion to about 700 spaces, with extra provision for buses.

With an expected doubling of traffic demand, extra traffic access capacity off Ballan Road was needed. To accommodate that, as well as growth in general traffic along Ballan Road generated by new residential subdivisions, a new signalised intersection was required. 

Project Characteristics

ratio: worked with the Project Architect [Williams Ross] to prepare an overall Traffic and Parking Plan for the expansion project. That involved extended negotiations with VicRoads to ensure that the new intersection would provide safely and efficiently for all road users, including pedestrians and cyclists.

As shown above, the buildings and site-works are close to complete and the facilities will soon be occupied. The new signalised intersection is already fully operational  

Padua College

Traffic

Tyabb

Shire of Mornington Peninsula
  • Client

    Padua College - Tyabb

  • Council

    Shire of Mornington Peninsula

  • Location

    Tyabb

  • Contact

    Russell Symons

Back in 2012, ratio: prepared a Traffic Impact Report for a new ‘greenfield’ campus for Padua College to complement the school’s main campus in Mornington. The new campus was planned to provide initially for 350 students in Years 7 to 10, with 30 staff.

A major traffic access challenge was presented by the triangular site in Tyabb - refer map, with one long frontage to the Western Port Highway having no access at all allowed, and the other long frontage being to Frankston-Flinders Road which has a major through-traffic function. Extended discussions with VicRoads resulted in approval for a single, signalised intersection onto Frankston-Flinders Road.

The campus development has recently been completed, including the signalised access, as shown above. This includes internal roads and parking areas for staff cars, parents’ cars for morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up, and for charter buses which provide a substantial proportion of the student transport task.

This is one of a series of projects undertaken by ratio: for private schools, which are increasingly looking to develop campuses in growing outer-urban areas, rather than to intensify their established campuses and the inevitable traffic and parking problems that such intensification creates.

1048 Mt Alexander Rd, Essendon

Planning

1048-1060 Mt Alexander Road

Essendon
  • Architect

    Clarke Hopkins Clarke

  • Council

    Moonee Valley Council

  • Location

    1048-1060 Mt Alexander Road, Essendon

  • Contact

    Sam D'Amico

Development Summary

ratio: was pleased to be involved with an application designed by Clarke Hopkins Clarke Architects for a seven (7) storey mixed use building containing ground level shop and 95 apartments, including a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms.

Ratio: worked diligently with Council to obtain officer support. As a result of this hard work, the Councillors supported the application at a full Council meeting.

Despite an appeal being lodged by objectors, ratio: was again able to negotiate with the neighbours to ensure the matter was resolved at a compulsory conference, avoiding the need for a full hearing.

The challenges that surrounded the development were largely around the height of the building being 2 storeys above the existing Design and Development Overlay, which recommends a maximum height of 5 storeys, as well s constraints created by existing adjoining developments.

Martha Cove

Traffic

Safety Beach.

Mornington Peninsula
  • Client

    Marina Cove Pty Ltd.

  • Council

    Mornington Peninsula Shire Counci

  • Location

    Martha Cove

  • Contact

    Russell Symons

Development Summary

ratio: has had a long-term involvement in this marina and residential project from the early planning studies to the functional design and road safety audits of all the road and traffic infrastructure.
Marine Drive was re-constructed as a tunnel under the marina waterway linking the marina and inland canals to Port Phillip Bay. This road, as a primary arterial road needed to be re-constructed to a high geometric standard, especially at its key intersections.
Much of the project; comprising 900 wet & dry marina berths, 1000 residential allotments & townhouses, 5000m2 of commercial space and a Retirement Village; has now been constructed and occupied.
ratio’s work has re-started in 2015, focusing on the Village Centre Precinct.