Racecourse redevelopment project nears starter’s gate

December 5, 2017 by  

In mid-2018, the race to build a new grandstand and apartment towers at Moonee Valley Racecourse, near Essendon, is expected to begin.

The project, expected to be completed in 2020, has taken many years of planning and consultation with the design and graphic design stages of the track redevelopment now set to take place. These are to include reorientation of the famous track and moving the current grandstand.

The construction of an estimated 2,000 dwellings on the site to include 20-storey high rise buildings close to Dean Street has been supported by an advisory committee appointed by the State Government.

The recent launch of the project by Moonee Valley Racing Club has come following eight years of planning and preparation by the Racing Club and involving close consultation with the State Government, Racing Victoria, and Moonee Valley Council.

Club chairman Don Casboult described the project as “history in the making”.

“The scale and ambition of this project is unparalleled. It will deliver a huge range of benefits for the entire community over the next century.”

COX Architecture will design the new grandstand while Hostplus and Hamton will be joint venture partners in the development of the residential sector.

Casboult said the project, dubbed The Valley of Tomorrow, will also incorporate a new international standard thoroughbred racing centre plus a redeveloped infield to host community events and other major events.