To guide the development of the Sunshine Station Super Hub in relation to the Melbourne Airport Rail Link (MARL) and other rail projects as part of the implementation of the Western Rail Plan, key Urban Design principles were developed by BCC and tested against a series of station and precinct uplift scenarios, providing consistent messaging to support the negotiation of appropriate community outcomes.
Seamless connection, activation and enhancement of Sunshine town centre becomes possible with adaptations to the ground plane, station location and rail levels. The proposed rail uplift offers a tremendous catalyst through the integration of the neighbourhood spatially into its urban and landscape context, thus promoting broader social and economic activity and benefits for the local community.
Beyond connectivity to Tullamarine Airport, Melbourne CBD and Geelong, the significant investment brings opportunity for value uplift and capture within the precinct. We provided advice and identified areas of potential value capture based upon specific scenarios for the infrastructure investment. This was directly in and around the new stations themselves, across each of the NEICs, The Ballarat Road growth corridor and the wider MAC.
Generous, integrated civic development with a diversified urban fabric means that equitable uplift and prosperity can support a variety of distinctive economic and social activities and benefits. This embraces the complexity and layering of settings and opportunities that is increasingly valued in urban places.