Parkville Gardens is a housing development on a 20 hectare site in Parkville that was formerly the Athletes’ Village for the 2006 Commonwealth Games.
The Parkville Gardens project consists of two separate phases:
- Pre-Games phase – completed in early 2006 and used to accommodate approximately 6,000 athletes during the Melbourne 2006 Commonwealth Games
- Post-Games phase – the staged redevelopment of the site into the residential estate, Parkville Gardens.
Major Projects Victoria is managing the $43.5 million post-Commonwealth Games phase of the project on behalf of the State.
When complete, Parkville Gardens will comprise:
- approximately 1,000 dwellings, of which 20 per cent will be dedicated to social housing
- the retention and refurbishment of 11 heritage buildings
- the creation of wetlands and new parklands
- wheelchair accessible toilets and showers in most dwellings.
Design and construction of the development has focused on minimising its ecological footprint. Key environmental features to date include:
- six star energy ratings for all houses
- the use of plantation timber and recycled building materials
- rainwater collection and recycling
- sensor lighting and solar hot water systems
- planting of 1,000 trees.
The project has also allowed the Victorian Government to put into practice its policies on environmentally sustainable design, social housing, disabled access and community services.