AMCOR Paper Mill
The AMCOR Paper Mill in Alphington is located eight km north-east of the Melbourne CBD, on the northern bank of the Yarra River adjoining the Heidelberg Road and Chandler Highway intersection. For most of the 20th century, the 16 hectare site was used as a working paper mill until its closure in 2012. The site has been identified by government as a strategic infill development site.
GTA Consultants was appointed to assist with the preparation of a Development Plan supporting 5000 new Alphington residents and a mixed use commercial and community activity centre comprising approximately 20,000sqm of floor space. The proposal doubles the size of Alphington as a suburb.
The project presented a range of transport planning challenges, particularly those generated by the long term absence of the Chandler Highway river crossing bridge duplication. Additionally there was a need to deliver a precinct plan which encourages more sustainable transport behaviours, such as harnessing nearby transport infrastructure opportunities including Alphington Railway Station and nearby pedestrian and bicycle links.
Analysis completed by GTA Consultants drew on the Victorian Integrated Transport Model (VITM) in an effort to appreciate travel behaviours in and around the precinct with and without the Chandler Highway Bridge duplication, as well as the preparation of a complex network micro-simulation model of the road network surrounding the subject site, which extended into the local government areas of Boroondara, Darebin, Banyule and Yarra.
GTA Consultants was instrumental in its ability to interpret, analyse and evaluate the issues at hand and then subsequently guide the project team in discussions with key government stakeholders on all transport matters.
GTA prepared a Traffic Management Plan and integrated Transport Plan which formed a crucial component of the suite of planning documents required to achieve approval. The proposed Development Plan was unanimously approved by Yarra City Council in December 2015.