Melbourne Market project underway

Posted by Josette Dunn on 26th March 2010

Bovis Lend Lease is progressing with the new $300 million Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market after signing the final contract for delivery of the design and construction of this vital part of Victoria’s infrastructure.

produce deparmentBovis Lend Lease commenced early works late last year for the site establishment phase of the project, and will now commence full blown construction of this vital new facility.

Bovis Lend Lease General Manager – Victoria, Mr Geoff Moore, said: “This is a significant infrastructure project for the people of Victoria and we are pleased to be working with the State Government in its delivery.

“The project will provide a state-of-the-art new facility with improved operational efficiency, a safer work environment and a more sustainable home for Victoria’s fruit, vegetable and flower market community,” Mr Moore said.

The A$300 million development involves the relocation of the existing Melbourne Wholesale Market from Footscray Road in West Melbourne to the new facility at Cooper Street, Epping, in Melbourne’s North. Design and construction is being managed by Major Projects Victoria for the Department of Innovation, Industry and Regional Development.

The new Melbourne Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market is scheduled to be complete in 2012. The purpose-built precinct and facility will incorporate a range of sustainability and safety initiatives to improve the energy and water efficiency and end user functionality of the market.

Safety initiatives include improved segregation of vehicles, forklifts and pedestrians, while water efficiency initiatives include the ability to store 1.5 million litres of rainwater for re-use on site.