Large-scale technology and life sciences hub

This 50-hectare site is a major urban renewal zone that includes a large government landholding. This gives Arden a unique potential to become a precinct with its own civic heart and character. As well as creating more jobs for more people.

Arden Priority Precinct can be a new destination for Melbourne that secures the city’s status as:

  • one of the world’s most liveable and forward looking cities
  • a progressive place with high innovation capability.

Arden will develop into a technology innovation hub and life sciences centre. This will complement the Parkville biomedical cluster and provide more jobs for more people.

Where is Arden?

Arden Priority Precinct is just 2.5km from Melbourne CBD.

Basic map showing the Aden area in relations to the Aren street oval and new north melbourne station and where the future west melbourne station will boarder the precinct

Arden in future

Arden will be a new destination for Melbourne. The precinct will set a new global standard for urban renewal and embrace the Plan Melbourne 20-minute neighbourhood. At its heart will be an innovation district with inspired precinct planning that includes:

  • rapid rail connectivity and active transport links
  • an open space network with pedestrian boulevards
  • mixed use facilities, schools and workplaces
  • affordable housing options.

This Priority Precinct will be strategically developed to grow jobs and train workforce talent.

By 2050 Arden precinct is planned to have:

  • 34,000 Jobs
  • 15,000 People

Life in this precinct


Arden will be developed into a technology, life sciences, health and education precinct. By 2050, there will be up to 34,000 new jobs in Arden. Some of these jobs will be created in a major commercial hub around the new North Melbourne Station.

Key employment sectors in Arden will be:

  • Life sciences
  • Technology
  • Education
  • associated sectors.


Arden will be a world-class example of sustainable urban design with various housing options. At least six per cent of all new precinct housing will be designated affordable for low to middle income households. New forms of housing will cater for the specific needs of people like:

  • key industry workers
  • creative industry workers
  • students
  • families
  • first home buyers
  • pensioners.


The Arden Vision plans for innovative community hubs and educational facilities. This community infrastructure will be integrated in the local area and feature best practice design. New activity centres will support population-based services as well as major retail and cultural services.


Arden will be a leading example of sustainable development. Water will be safely managed in this energy efficient place and be a visible landscape feature. Revitalising Moonee Ponds Creek will provide a green spine, linking Arden with nearby precincts.

More information

The Victorian Planning Authority website has more information about this Priority Precinct, including the Arden Vision.

The City of Melbourne has more information on planning for Arden, including any upcoming community consultation.

Learn more about what makes a priority precinct.

Page last updated: 12 December 2019