Updated September 2020
Delivery activity is now underway on site after an extensive masterplan process. The Development Agreement, which was entered into in 2017 with Australia’s leading superannuation fund Hostplus and renowned developer Hamton, has officially achieved the implementation milestone. This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity over the next 15 years will deliver a new world-class racing facility that is supported by an amazing residential, retail, commercial and lifestyle precinct. It is exciting to watch the progress being made to deliver the vision to transform the 98-acre Moonee Valley Racecourse site.
Early works are complete to make way for the first stage of terraces and townhomes at Moonee Valley Park’s ‘Feehan Row’. We are pleased to report that the construction commencement milestone has been achieved, with the first Moonee Valley Park residents due to move in early 2022 who will enjoy a stunning botanic amenity adjacent to Tote Park.
The Thomas Street Apartments, the first apartment building, located in the Legends Car Park fronting onto Thomas Street, is programmed to commence construction in the first half of 2021. This apartment building will comprise 69 apartments; with the sales campaign launching in late 2020.
The new 5,000sqm civic park is taking shape with final delivery in early October. Tote Park is one of the cornerstones of the vision for Moonee Valley Park, a new neighbourhood set within a grand botanical park. Tote Park will include the planting of 67 new mature trees, 315 shrubs and around 4,000 groundcover plants. Tote Park, designed by Tract Landscape Architects, will feature open grassy lawns with serpentine gardens, nature-inspired playground for families and stunning flower beds where visitors can relax in the sun or the shade, unwind and get active.
Works are also well underway on the life-size Winx Statue, which will take pride of place as one of the centrepieces. Acclaimed Melbourne sculptor Louis Laumen has immortalised many Australian sporting greats; he is the most appropriate person to commemorate Winx in bronze. Stay tuned for the announcement regarding the Winx statue unveiling.
Concurrently, renovations have been underway on the original Tote building originally built in 1931 situated within the Tote Park. The building is of historical significance to the MVRC and is being respectfully restored to its former glory as it transforms into a contemporary food and beverage offering that will be retained and managed by the Club.
The Tote building will feature prominently along the McPherson Street façade and includes prominent windows providing spectacular vantage points for diners. The design response unites the creative expertise of Samantha Eades Design and Field Office Architecture to deliver a design that shows reverence to the site’s proud racing history, while seamlessly providing an extension to appeal to modern audiences.
The MVRC plans to announce its operational program for TOTE Bar & Dining early in 2021.
To allow for the construction of Tote Park and to enable significant demolition activities for phase 1 of the redevelopment, the Club relocated its administration function. Our new home is on Level 3 of the Grandstand with the Membership & Customer Service team now residing at the top of the tunnel in the Celebrity Foyer. All staff transitioned to their new working environments in December 2019 whilst assisting with significant archiving activities.
The move was a great success and has provided a newly energised collaborative working environment for staff whilst signifying an important first step in the MVRC’s transformation journey.
The MVRC has continued to progress the design and planning of the new Moonee Valley Racecourse with the consultant team. Unfortunately, due to the COVID 19 pandemic we are slightly behind program; however, the necessary consultation and engagement with key stakeholders in accordance with the planning controls will take place late in 2020. Once the masterplan endorsement process with Council has concluded, the detailed design phase will progress, including the refinement of the racecourse design response, the infield and the new state of the art grandstand.