The multi award winning Banbury Village project is widely regarded as an excellent example of inner urban infill development. The $200 million project comprises 430 dwellings over the 8.8ha site on the former Olympic Tyre factory in Footscray, 6.5km west of Melbourne’s CBD.
Banbury Village has won numerous prestigious industry awards including the Urban Development Institute of Australia (UDIA) Victorian awards for best Medium Density Residential Development (2013), a Judges Commendation for Urban Renewal (2013) and it was a finalist in the category of Residential Development (more than 250 dwellings) in 2016. The project was also nominated as a finalist in the Property Council of Australia national awards held in May 2017.
Banbury Village has been developed by Cedar Woods in conjunction with leading designers and consultants including, DKO Architecture, MGS Architects, Rothelowman, MDG Landscape Architects, HLCD heritage architects as well as engineers UDM and Wood & Grieve. Builder partners included Maddison Projects, Figurehead, ABD Constructions and Hamilton Marino.
The homes in Banbury Village have been carefully designed to offer integrated streetscapes that are pedestrian friendly, safe and have a high degree of variety and interest. The project includes 10 townhouse typologies with an array of façade designs and colours and material selections. The 4 apartment buildings have been designed by 3 different architectural firms with a brief to provide continuous activated streetscapes, excellent internal amenity and positively contribute to the neighbourhood character. A diverse range of housing product types were offered from 38sqm one-bedroom heritage apartments with soaring 3.5m ceilings to 4 bedroom plus study family homes.
All homes in the estate achieved a minimum 6-star rating, before this became a Building Council of Australia requirement. Other initiatives saw building materials being sourced locally, prioritising recycled and recyclable materials, while the majority of homes were future proofed for the eventual installation of on-roof solar panels.
Cedar Woods worked closely with Maribyrnong City Council to deliver ongoing community benefits from the development. These included a program of funding and works in the surrounding community including road upgrades, the installation of shared pedestrian and bicycle paths, sponsorship of local community events and support for resident cycling initiatives and Council’s Active Transport Initiative.
Banbury Village has established itself as a premier residential address in the west. The project has also been recognised by the Heritage Council Victoria as a notable example of industrial heritage conversion.