Ratio

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

12-18 Napier Street, Footscray

Planning

12-18 Napier Street

Footscray
  • Client

    Obsidian Projects

  • Council

    Maribyrnong City Council

  • Location

    12-18 Napier Street, Footscray

  • Contact

    William Bromhead

Development Summary

Construction of a 6-storey mixed-use building with 60 apartments. Commercial tenancies at ground level to the Napier Street frontage and half on the Moreland Street frontage.

Project Characteristics

The development is contemporary in its design, with a ‘U-shaped’ floor plan that provides for a central break / courtyard area.
The development utilises contemporary materials and finishes including precast concrete panels, glazed curtain walls, vertical steel balustrading, timber battens, waved concrete panels, metal framing and polycarbonate cladding.
Ratio Consultants assisted in achieving Council Office support for the proposal in obtaining a mediated consent position at VCAT.

174 Burnley Street, Richmond

Planning & Traffic

174-176 Burnley Street

Richmond
  • Client

    Boss Properties Pty Ltd

  • Council

    City of Yarra

  • Location

    174-176 Burnley Street, Richmond

  • Contact

    Colleen Peterson

Development Summary

Construction of an 8-storey building with roof terrace above, including ground level café, and 23 x one and two bedroom apartments.

Project Characteristics

The site presented a unique development opportunity for the construction of a multi-storey building.  However, the project faced a number of challenges due to the limited size of the site.

With the Yarra Planning Scheme suggesting 5-6 stories for major redevelopment sites, the challenge for Ratio was to convince the Council of the merit of a taller building.  Ratio worked closely with IMA Architects Pty Ltd through the design development stage to ensure a mixed-use building of high architectural excellence.  

Following detailed negotiations with Yarra City Council, the application was supported by Council officers and approved by Councillors.  Whilst an objector appeal was lodged with VCAT, the determination upheld Council’s decision resulting in a planning permit.

Construction is due to commence in 2015.

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

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 Bourke 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, which was in place for two years. 

Peninsula Aquatic Centre

Traffic

Corner Olive Grove and Cranbourne Road

Frankston
  • Client

    Frankston City Council

  • Council

    Frankston City Council

  • Location

    Frankston

  • Contact

    Russell Symons

Ratio Consultants was appointed in 2012 by Williams Ross Architects and Frankston City Council for the traffic and transport engineering aspects of the Peninsula Aquatic Recreation Centre (formerly known as the Frankston Regional Aquatic Centre) facility in Cranbourne Road, Frankston.

Ratio has provided advice on car parking, vehicular access, pedestrian, cycling facilities, public transport infrastructure as well as schematic intersection design for the Cranbourne Road / Olive Grove intersection, and Cranbourne Road / Quality Street intersection.

Ratio also prepared schematic design options for on-street parking facilities on Olive Grove.