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Mercedes-Benz Australia

Traffic

City of Monash

Lexia Place, Mulgrave
  • Client

    Mercedes-Benz Australia

  • Council

    City of Monash

  • Location

    Lexia Place, Mulgrave

  • Contact

    Russell Symons

Project Summary

Several years ago, ratio: provided traffic engineering advice to Mercedes Benz for their Melbourne City (Kings Way) car dealership. That covered aspects such as left turn deceleration off Kings Way, main driveway layout, internal traffic circulation for staff parking, customer parking, vehicles to/from service bays (including multi-level) and commercial vehicle deliveries.

Those aspects were reviewed in 2016 to accommodate growth in the volume of sales and service at the dealership.

Also in 2016, ratio: both Traffic and Planning, assisted Mercedes Benz to achieve a Planning Permit for its new van sales and service facility in Williamstown Road, Port Melbourne.

Now in 2017, ratio: is working again for Mercedes Benz, this time reviewing the layout of its Mulgrave Wholesale Office facility with respect to vehicle circulation and parking. The Mulgrave site accommodates about 500 administration and operational staff, with storage and work areas for fleet, demonstrator and military vehicles. 

Jackson Green

Planning

Cnr, Centre & Haughton Roads

Clayton South
  • Client

    Cedar Woods P/L

  • Council

    Kingston City Council

  • Location

    Cnr. Centre & Haughton Roads Clayton

  • Contact

    William Bromhead

Development Summary

ratio: have been working with Cedar Woods Pty Ltd, DKO Architects and MDG Landscape Architects on Jackson Green, a significant infill redevelopment site in Clayton South. The 6.5 HA site was previously occupied by Sigma Pharmaceuticals and will accommodate up to 350 dwellings at completion.

Project Characteristics

The site layout was heavily influenced by the projects namesake, a large Port Jackson Fig tree which sits close the Haughton Road frontage. This tree will be retained in the centre of an attractive and functional open space area which welcomes pedestrians and cyclists into the site.

The scale of this project necessitated early engagement with a number of Council departments in order to determine key functional aspects such as the internal road layout, drainage and pedestrian links to surrounding streets. The interface with existing residential properties along McMillan Street required careful consideration of building setbacks and massing to ensure that contemporary design of the townhouses would sit comfortably with the existing traditional building stock.

A collaborative approach with Council led to agreement on the overall concept for the site in mid 2015, with the first planning permit for 85 townhouses in the eastern portion of the site following shortly after. A planning permit for 'Wattle', a four storey apartment building fronting Haughton Road, was secured in mid 2016, with a planning application currently under consideration for a further 66 townhouses within the western portion of the site. Civil construction has now commenced on site, with further applications to be made for apartment buildings fronting Centre, Haughton and Main Roads.

ratio: is proud to work with Cedar Woods to promote urban consolidation and regeneration in Clayton South.

Rosanna Level Crossing Removal

Traffic

City of Banyule

Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna
  • Client

    Hansen Partnership

  • Council

    City of Banyule

  • Location

    Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna

  • Contact

    Russell Symons

Development Summary

The Level Crossing Removal Authority [LXRA] is proposing the upgrading and duplication of the Hurstbridge railway line, north of Heidelberg. This involves the removal of the Lower Plenty Road level crossing in the Rosanna Shopping Centre.

Banyule Council appointed Hansen Partnership to prepare an Urban Design Framework for the project, to ensure that it achieves the optimum result for the amenity, safety and convenience for the local business and residential community. Hansen Partnership engaged ratio: to provide inputs relating to pedestrians, cyclists, cars, railway passengers, buses and commercial vehicle operations.

Ratio’s proposals included revised on-street carpark layouts, traffic management for street intersections, bike paths and bus/rail interchange elements.

9 Prospect Street

Planning

Box Hill
  • Client

    Box Hill Investments (Vic)

  • Council

    Whitehorse City Council

  • Location

    9 Prospect Street, Box Hill

  • Contact

    Travis Finlayson

Development Summary

ratio: was successful in obtaining planning approval for a 25 storey mixed-use development comprising 187 dwellings and approximately 3,000 square metres of office floor space designed by Artisan Architects at 9 Prospect Street Box Hill.  The 1,475 square metre site is located at the southern edge within the Major Development Precinct of the Box Hill Central Activities District.

The proposed development will make an impressive architectural contribution to the activity centre as the tallest building in Prospect Street with an impressive and varied curved and angular tower form.

ratio: in conjunction with Box Hill Investments (Vic) and Artisan Architects, worked collaboratively with Whitehorse City Council to obtain a planning permit for a development that will positively contribute to the Box Hill Central Activities District.  The support from Council officers and early consultation with nearby interested parties avoided the need for the matter to proceed to VCAT.