Traders, customers and the community have a voice in the renewal of Queen Victoria Market, helping to enhance a thriving market precinct.

The City of Melbourne is undertaking a major renewal of Melbourne’s iconic Queen Victoria Market and surrounding precinct. Restoring its heritage character, while constructing modern facilities to make the market work better for traders, customers and visitors, and creating new public open spaces to revitalise this growing part of the city.

For more information on the market renewal program including the latest projects updates, visit Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal.

Where we are at

The next focus for the Renewal program is the Southern Precinct. The Southern Precinct incorporates Gurrowa Place, a new mixed use development to be built by Lendlease -attracting thousands of new residents, workers and visitors to the precinct.

City of Melbourne will deliver 1.8 hectares of public open space, currently known as Market Square, construct a new civic building and create more open space with improved connections to the market, through the transformation of Franklin Street.

These changes are part of delivering on the Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal Master Plan.

You can find out more about each of these projects below, along with opportunities to have your say. Follow this page to keep up to date with all things Queen Victoria Market Precinct Renewal.



  • 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

    Future Melbourne Committee endorses new market infrastructure plan and People's Panel Report progress update released

    2 April 2019

  • Timeline item 4 - 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 5 - complete

    Council announced Lendlease to deliver the Southern Precinct

    28 June 2023

  • Timeline item 6 - complete

    Phase 1 community consultation begins for Market Square and Queens Corner Building, consultation begins for Transforming Franklin Street

    12 July 2023

  • Timeline item 7 - complete

    Transforming Franklin Street consultation closes

    23 August 2023

  • Timeline item 8 - complete

    Phase 2 community consultation for Market Square and Queens Corner Building

    September 2023

  • Timeline item 9 - active

    Market Square draft concept design shared for feedback


Queen Street Public Realm Design

The design for the Queen Street public realm responds to what we heard through past engagement processes.

Consultation history

Since announcing the renewal of the market precinct in 2013, the City of Melbourne has worked closely with traders, the community and key stakeholders to plan for the careful restoration and revitalisation of this seven hectare site in the heart of the city. The ideas have reinforced the need to secure the market as a traditional open air market.

Alongside the heritage market, the City of Melbourne is also planning for the surrounding precinct in order to provide for the growing community.

For information about the previous community engagement which has informed this renewal program, see below.

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