Projects

Providing services in town and regional planning, traffic engineering, sustainable transportation planning and urban design.

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 and 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. 

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.

Reservoir Reflections

Planning & Traffic

830 Plenty Road

Reservoir
  • Client

    Plenty Road 830 Pty Ltd.

  • Council

    Darebin City Council

  • Location

    Reservoir

  • Contact

    Sam D'Amico

Development Summary

ratio: have recently obtained planning approval for the development of 830 Plenty Road, Reservoir comprising 321 apartments across four towers, and 17 townhouses designed by Architeria Architects. 

The scale of the proposal and its strategic location (being positioned in a proposed DDO area and recognised as a good candidate for high density development) necessitated early and ongoing engagement with Council Officers and other key stakeholders including VicRoads. Whilst VicRoads were originally opposed to the development, the multidisciplinary ratio: team were able to resolve this and ultimately obtained VicRoads support. 

ratio's consultative approach resulted in a positive officer recommendation, and the granting of a Notice of Decision at a Council Meeting in July. No appeal was lodged by objectors, with a permit issuing in August.  

ratio: are pleased to be involved in this landmark Reservoir project which heralds the regeneration of the north. 

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 ClarkeHopkinsClarke Architects for a seven storey mixed use building containing ground level shop and 95 apartments, including a mix of one, two and three 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.

Victoria One

Traffic

452-472 Elizabeth Street

Melbourne
  • Client

    Golden Age Development Group

  • Council

    City of Melbourne

  • Location

    452-472 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne

  • Contact

    Russell Fairlie

Development Summary

A 74 storey, plus basement level, high-rise tower comprising a mixed-use development is currently under construction.

More specifically, the proposed development comprises the following:

  • Ground and first level retail tenancies totalling 562sqm net leasable floor area
  • 622 apartments, comprising: 110 one bedroom apartments; 488 two-bedroom apartments and 24 three-bedroom apartments
  • 263 bicycle parking spaces
  • 163 car parking spaces in a Klaus Master Vario R3 fully-automatic car stacker system serviced by two transfer cabins and two external queuing spaces. The R3 system incorporates three separate system lifts and three RBGs (vehicle storage and retrieval units) to optimise service times and capacities to cater for up to 40 inbound vehicles during the PM peak hour.
Lt. MILLER

Planning

Cnr. Nicholson & Miller Streets

Brunswick
  • Client

    Lucent Capital

  • Council

    Moreland City Council

  • Location

    Cnr. Nicholson & Miller Streets, Brunswick

  • Contact

    Sam D'Amico

Development Summary

The construction of a six-storey, mixed-use development (plus basement) accommodating shops, food and drink premises (café), 66 dwellings and associated car parking.

Project Characteristics

This exciting project was designed by ClarkeHopkinsClarke for Lucent Capital and seeks to convert an old service station site into an environmentally friendly and socially conscious gateway to the Balfe Park Precinct.

Whilst effectively one attached building, the development has been split into two. The portion of the building fronting Nicholson Street contains ground level commercial/retail uses and 38 apartments above. The 38 dwellings were designed to be a Nightingale Housing development, with the 28 Miller Street apartments being a ‘typical’ apartment. However, there is nothing typical about this development, which achieves a 7.5 NatHERS rating.

Nightingale Housing is a not-for-profit social enterprise that exists to support, promote and advocate for high-quality housing that is ecologically, socially, financially sustainable. Nightingale Housing requires that developments be 100% fossil fuel free, have a capped and transparent project profits, which creates an ability to provide for housing at below market cost, seeks to provide a positive contribution to the neighbourhood and promotes social sustainability by building in social connection and community management.

Both buildings have great internal amenity, with no borrowed light or saddleback apartments, ample areas of private and communal open space and a communal laundry on the roof of the Nicholson Street building.

ratio: is proud to have been involved with this project. 

Victoriana

Planning

20-22 Queens Road

Melbourne
  • Client

    JD Group Pty Ltd

  • Council

    Port Phillip City Council

  • Location

    20-22 Queens Road, Melbourne

  • Contact

    Simon Martin

Development Summary

Construction of a 16-storey iconic residential building which includes a mix of luxury apartments overlooking regionally significant Albert Park and broader environs.

Project Characteristics                                                     The site presented a unique development opportunity for the construction of a multi-storey residential building. 

ratio: worked closely with Rothe Lowman Architects Pty Ltd through the design development stage to realise the approval of an iconic development of architectural excellence. The building, known as "Victoriana" was launched to the market in May 2017 with construction scheduled for late 2017 - early 2018.

Of note, the site is affected by a number of prescriptive planning controls contained within the Port Phillip Planning Scheme, with the Design and Development Overlay recommending a 40.0 metre maximum building height.

The challenge for the team was to convince VCAT of the merits of a taller building on this strategic development site. Following detailed negotiations with Council and objectors, the application was ultimately supported by VCAT, with an “on the spot” approval granted by in May 2015. Despite the recommended 40.0 metre height restriction, the Tribunal was supportive of a development with a maximum height of 54.22 metres.

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.

TLC Integrated Aged Care

Planning

Surf Coast Highway

Armstrong Creek
  • Architect

    Baldasso Cortese Architects

  • Council

    Greater Geelong Council

  • Location

    Armstrong Creek

  • Contact

    Will Bromhead

ratio: have recently obtained planning approval for a state of the art TLC Aged Care facility in Armstrong Creek, an urban growth area within the City of Greater Geelong.

The site is located on Surf Coast Highway within the Armstrong Creek Precinct Structure Plan Area, and abuts Stewarts Road which forms a key pedestrian and cycle link through Armstrong Creek known as the Stewarts Road Greenway.

The two storey facility, designed by Baldasso Cortese Architects, will accommodate 180 beds, pharmacy, café, GP clinic, physiotherapy, hydrotherapy pool, mobile radiology, pathology, tele-health and other allied health services for both residents and patients from the local community. This integrated design is key to TLC Aged Care’s innovative model which focusses on a holistic approach to aged care in a modern and supportive environment.

ratio: worked closely with Greater Geelong Council, VicRoads and surrounding developers to ensure that the design of the facility sat comfortably within the emerging neighbourhood, and integrated with the Stewarts Road Greenway. This consultative approach resulted in the granting of a planning permit by Council in May 2016.

ratio: are excited to have been a part of this project which will deliver world class aged care services. 

Car Parking Precinct Plan

Traffic

Cardinia Shire

Beaconsfield
  • Client

    Cardinia Shire Council

  • Council

    Cardinia Shire Council

  • Location

    Beaconsfield

  • Contact

    Tina Webb

Development Summary

The Shire of Cardinia engaged ratio:traffic to prepare a Car Parking Precinct Plan (PPP) for the township of Beaconsfield.  The PPP is the next step in strategic planning for the township, following on from the Structure Plan which was adopted in 2013.

Project Characteristics

Beaconsfield is located 46 kilometres south-east of Melbourne on the southern foothills of the Dandenong Ranges.  The central township includes a thriving neighbourhood activity centre with a mix of retail and commercial activities.  The centre is set to grow as large-scale sites are redeveloped into more contemporary formats.  The Car Parking Precinct Plan provides a blueprint for managing the transport demands of both emerging development and existing car parking resources across the centre.

The Car Parking Precinct Plan has recently been placed by Council on public exhibition, allowing the Beaconsfield community to review the directions of the Plan and provide feedback.  Following the exhibition phase, the PPP will be finalised and formally adopted by Council. 

Emporium Melbourne

Traffic

Lonsdale Street, Caledonian Lane & Little Bourke Street

Melbourne CBD
  • Client

    Colonial First State Global Asset Management

  • Council

    City of Melbourne

  • Location

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

  • Contact

    Russell Fairlie

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

150 - 160 Turner Street

Planning

Port Melbourne
  • Developer

    Belsize Nominees Pty Ltd

  • Council

    City of Melbourne

  • Location

    150 - 160 Turner Street, Port Melbourne

  • Contact

    William Bromhead

Development Summary

Development of a 36 storey mixed use tower consisting retail, offices and residential apartments.

Project Characteristics

The site is strategically positioned within the Lorimer Precinct of the Fishermans Bend Urban Renewal Area – which encompasses an expansion of the Capital City Zone to accommodate major growth in future jobs, accommodation, open space and the like.  After working together with Artisan Architects, PPDM Construction Management and a team of specialist consultants, ratio: was able to assist with the planning approval following extensive negotiations with the Minister for Planning, the Metropolitan Planning Authority and the City of Melbourne.

The design response for the site was largely informed by the strategic framework plan which sets out the future vision for Fishermans Bend. Given the evolving nature of the framework plan which was subjected to Government reforms, the development proposal was required to adapt and respond to the various requirements relating to the provision of open space, setbacks, roads and community facilities in accordance with the long-term framework plan.  

Due to the location of the site at the western periphery of the Fishermans Bend precinct, a key challenge to overcome was the relationship to the adjacent City Link off-ramp which is managed by VicRoads.

The project was ultimately given approval by VCAT following successful negotiations with the Minister for Planning. 

Images courtesy of Artisan Architects Pty Ltd.

Richmond High School

Traffic

280 Highett Street and 16 Gleadell Street

Richmond
  • Client

    Victorian School Building Authority

  • Council

    City of Yarra

  • Location

    280 Highett & 16 Gleadell Streets, Richmond

  • Contact

    Russell Fairlie

Project Summary

ratio: was engaged by the Victorian School Building Authority to assess the traffic and parking impacts of the creation of the new Richmond High School across two inner urban sites in the heart of Richmond.

The site at 280 Highett Street will be developed as the ‘Academic Precinct’ within a contemporary four storey building, comprising primarily classrooms and administration areas, along with outdoor learning and recreation areas.  The nearby site at 16 Gleadell Street will be developed into a ‘Multi-Purpose Building’, comprising four netball courts (including one indoor netball/basketball court), along with multipurpose rooms and change rooms.

Richmond High School will ultimately have an enrolment of 650 students across Years 7-12 once fully operational.

Construction is underway and it is proposed that the initial Year 7 students will begin in Term 1 of 2018, and will be taught at the multi-purpose facility.  The academic precinct is proposed to open in Term 1 of 2019 for the second stream of Year 7 students as well as students moving into Year 8.

The school’s location within the heart of Richmond provides excellent access to a wide range of transport options and it is positioned close to existing community infrastructure and services.

The school will encourage the use of sustainable transport modes and Ratio worked closely with the VSBA, Council and Hayball Architects to ensure that the surrounding precinct has appropriate facilities for safe and convenient pedestrian and bicycle access.

Ratio, in association with the VSBA also worked closely with other key stakeholders in the precinct, including the City of Yarra, Lynall Hall Community School, Richmond Multicultural Children's Centre, Leo Berry's Boxing Gym, Gleadell Street Market Traders and the Richmond Union Bowls Club to ensure that their needs were considered throughout the planning phase.

As part of the proposal, it is intended to make the ‘Multi-Purpose Building’ available for external community use.

ALDI stores

Planning

Various locations

Victoria
  • Client

    ALDI Stores

  • Council

    Various Councils

  • Location

    Victoria wide

  • Contact

    Colleen Peterson

Development Summary

As part of our ongoing involvement with ALDI Stores applications, ratio: is pleased to have gained two approvals for new stores over the past month.

ALDI Burwood

This project involved the approval of a new ALDI store on Burwood Highway, on a parcel of land formerly used as a car sales yard. A somewhat awkward ‘L-Shaped’ lot, this project called for a unique design response that utilised the existing multi- level basement car park, dual street access, and adequately dealt with potential residential amenity impacts, traffic and liquor.

Adapting the existing conditions also presented a number of challenges in relation to flooding and meeting ESD requirements, requiring the project team to work closely with Council to achieve an outcome that was both practical and viable for the client.

The proposal received support from Whitehorse City Council and VicRoads earlier this year.

ALDI Boronia

After many months of hard work, this combined Planning Scheme Amendment and Planning Permit Application received support from the Minister last week (late April 2017).

Located within the Boronia Activity Centre, this site presented an excellent opportunity for ALDI Stores to located in a growing commercial area. However, the subject site, along with a number of other properties on the same street were zoned Commercial 2, limiting the range of uses permitted. In this instance, without access to a road in a Road Zone, a Supermarket was prohibited.

Lodgement of a detailed submission and close liaison with Knox Council lead to the re-zoning of all the adjoining properties from Commercial 2 to Commercial 1, which will facilitate the realisation of strategic objectives for the activity centre. This amendment also enabled the approval of the planning permit application for a new Supermarket and Shop at the subject site which was also supported by Council and ultimately, the Minister.

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.

9-11 Williamsons Rd, Doncaster

Planning & Traffic

9-11 Williamsons Road

Doncaster
  • Client

    SPEC Property

  • Council

    City of Manningham

  • Location

    9-11 Williamsons Road, Doncaster

  • Contact

    Sam D'Amico

Development Summary

ratio: is proud to have been involved in SPEC Property’s return to Doncaster with the City of Manningham issuing a permit for the redevelopment of 9-11 Williamsons Road.

The redevelopment of the 2,660sqm site includes a series of townhouses and apartments within a 12 storey building, over basements and opposite Westfield Doncaster.

Despite receiving two objections, through active negotiations with Council and objectors, the objections were subsequently withdrawn and a permit issued by Council without the need for a VCAT hearing.

1026 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

Planning

1026-1030 Doncaster Road

Doncaster
  • Client

    JD Group P/L

  • Council

    City of Manningham

  • Location

    1026-1030 Doncaster Road, Doncaster

  • Contact

    William Bromhead

Development Summary

Construction of a 6-storey residential building, including 106 one, two and three bedroom apartments over basement level parking.  The development is designed to front both Doncaster Road and Blackburn Road. 

The site presented a unique development opportunity for the construction of a multi-storey residential building.
ratio: worked closely with Rothe Lowman Architects P/L through the design development stage to realise the approval of a high quality residential development of architectural excellence.
Of note, the site is affected by a number of prescriptive planning controls contained within the Manningham Planning Scheme, with the Design and Development Overlay recommending a 11.0 metre maximum building height for the site.
The challenge for the team was to convince VCAT of the merit of a taller building on this strategic development site. The application was ultimately supported by VCAT, with approval granted in May 2016. Despite the recommended 11.0 metre height restriction for the site, the Tribunal was supportive of a development with a maximum overall height of 16.72 metres.

Capitol Grand

Planning

cnr Chapel Street & Toorak Road

South Yarra
  • Architect

    Bates Smart Architects

  • Council

    City of Stonnington

  • Location

    cnr. Chapel St & Toorak Road, South Yarra

  • Contact

    David Crowder

Development Summary

ratio: was pleased to advise that the highest building outside
Melbourne’s city centre has been approved, with VCAT giving
its approval for the 50-storey Capitol Grand development at
the corner of Chapel Street and Toorak Road, South Yarra.
The building, designed by Bates Smart architects, will have
450 apartments and luxury retail tenancies at podium level.
The proposal was rejected by Stonnington councillors,
despite ratio: and other members of the consultant team
working closely with Council staff to gain a positive officer’s
recommendation. ratio: also appeared before an
Independent Panel for the “Chapel re-Vision’ amendment,
submitting that the site should be formally identified as
being suitable for an ‘architectural landmark’ and ‘urban
marker’ development.
The approved building, which will be iconic, slender and
sculptured, will be an architectural landmark for South Yarra,
and the catalyst for the rejuvenation and revitalisation of the
northern end of Chapel Street.

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.

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