New trader and customer facilities and a revitalised Food Hall at Queen Victoria Market will create up to 400 construction jobs as part of a nearly $40 million investment in delivering the next stage of the market’s revitalisation.
Lord Mayor Sally Capp said the City of Melbourne will invest $35 million to build the new Trader Shed and
Northern Shed facilities in Queen Street and a further $4.5 million on a major refurbishment of the existing
“The revitalisation of the Food Hall and new Trader Shed and Northern Shed facilities will employ around
400 workers, in addition to another 500 workers already building the Munro development and restoring the
market’s heritage sheds. These stages of the market renewal program will deliver 900 jobs for our city at a
time when we need them most,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Businesses throughout the City of Melbourne have been hit hard by COVID and major projects such as
the Queen Victoria Market renewal are critical to create local jobs and support our economic recovery.”
New concept designs and plans for upgrades to the Food Hall will be considered at a meeting of the
Future Melbourne Committee next Tuesday 13 April, along with planning applications for the Northern
Shed and Trader Shed.
“Traders have told us that the existing Food Court, which was built in the mid-1990s, is outdated and limits
the potential to grow their businesses,” the Lord Mayor said.
“This upgrade will include an improved dining area including more seating, flexible layout, cooking
demonstration area, greenery, new flooring and roof.”
The Trader Shed and Northern Shed facilities include new logistics, storage, waste and recycling facilities,
customer toilets and dedicated trader toilets, showers and meeting rooms for the market’s 2000-strong
workforce. Heritage permits for the two facilities were approved by Heritage Victoria in December 2020.
“The Trader Shed and Northern Shed will deliver important safety, efficiency and sustainability
improvements,” the Lord Mayor said.
Construction of the Food Hall, Trader Shed and Northern Shed is expected to get underway in early 2022,
subject to approvals.
“Queen Victoria Market is one of our most iconic destinations and we are committed to its renewal
because this project creates hundreds of jobs now and will help to attract more shoppers for decades into
the future,” the Lord Mayor said.
“Investing in the market is about delivering upgraded facilities for traders and customers to help local
businesses thrive again and bringing back the buzz to one of our most important tourist destinations.”
Other key market renewal projects underway include the $30 million heritage shed restoration and new
community facilities, event spaces and affordable housing at the Munro development. The Munro car park
is on track to open on 1 July 2021 followed by new retail and hospitality later in the year.