The City of Melbourne is transforming the Queen Victoria Market open-air car park into 1.8 hectares of open space and constructing a new community building for city residents, workers and visitors to enjoy.

Your feedback will help shape the design and future use of Market Square and the Queen’s Corner Building.

Market Square

Market Square will build on the unique market experience that Melburnians have known and loved for generations – protecting and celebrating the market’s heritage, while better connecting it to the heart of the city.

As a multi-use space, Market Square will bring people together for everyday recreation, activation and reflection.

The vision has been guided by the Market Square Charter (PDF 140 KB) developed and endorsed by Council in 2019 and a set of Design Principles (PDF 14 MB), which focus on the importance of place, history, environment and activation.

Market Square will:

  • continue to be designed in partnership with the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung to reflect their enduring connection and custodianship of the land.
  • be a place of trees and a place of shade.
  • will be a new type of open space in Melbourne.
  • be designed to honour those who are buried here.
  • be designed in a way that needs not to disturb the ground.
  • be emphatically green.
  • be host other species as well as hosting us.
  • return an ecology to the precinct.

Queen’s Corner Building

Complementing Market Square will be the Queen's Corner Building, a new creative, community building incorporating a visitor centre, essential amenities, and supporting the activation of the square and market.

The design for Queen’s Corner Building has been developed based on several design principles, which include:

  • a civic contribution to the precinct
  • connectivity to market activities, Market Square, Franklin Street Stores and Gurrowa Place
  • spaces for activation and programming
  • sustainable building design.

Above image is artist impression only, design subject to change. Indicative only as at June 2023. The development is subject to planning, design and other approvals and requirements, including without limitation public consultation for Market Square and may vary on completion from that shown. Outdoor seating areas, signage and landscaping subject to planning and authority approvals and requirements. Any trading hours subject to planning and authority approvals and requirements.

Community consultation

What we heard



  • Timeline item 1 - complete

    Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Master Plan was developed and adopted by Council

    July 2015

  • Timeline item 2 - complete

    A People’s Panel was established, comprising a diverse group of traders, customers, community members and other key stakeholders to deliberate on key QVMPR projects


  • Timeline item 3 - complete

    The Market Square Charter is endorsed as the framework for the new open space to inform the design and guide future management.

    30 June 2020

  • Timeline item 4 - complete

    Phase 1 Ideas wall engagement

    July  to September 2023

  • Timeline item 5 - complete

    Phase 2 community consultation for Market Square and Queens Corner Building

    8 September to 8 October  2023

  • Timeline item 6 - incomplete

    Insights shared with the community

    Late 2023

Ideas wall

Market Square charter (2019)

See our 2019 engagement on ideas for Market Square.

Contact us

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