Fishermans Bend

Creating the Smart City Framework for Australia’s largest urban renewal project.


  • Melbourne, Australia

Project Status

  • Planning

Fishermans Bend is a large industrial area in the heart of Melbourne. Set to be the largest urban renewal in Australia, Fishermans Bend will consist of five precincts across two municipalities – the City of Melbourne and the City of Port Phillip – and connect Melbourne's CBD to the bay. By 2050, the area spanning approximately 491 hectares is expected to home approximately 80,000 new residents and provide employment for up to 80,000 people.


Smart City Specialists

Our team worked with the Fishermans Bend Taskforce to develop a Smart City Framework, forming part of the overarching Fishermans Bend Strategic Framework Plan, and guiding the future development of this inner-city precinct by 2050.


Our role involved identifying the measures to ensure Fishermans Bend would thrive as a smart city. We engaged our in-house smart city technical experts who collaborated with a wide cohort of external stakeholders to develop the Smart City Framework.


Our work, and the framework was particularly focussed on engaging the community to ensure that technology acts as an enabler, rather than a driver, of positive outcomes for the Fishermans Bend community. The smart city initiatives will help to deliver triple bottom line benefits – social, environmental and financial.


Guiding a Sustainable Future

Fishermans Bend presents a unique opportunity to build a smart city from the ground up. WSP masterplanning specialist, Niall Cunningham, said, “This is possible because it can be delivered in parallel with the regeneration of the precinct, and  is a key component of the strategic plan for  development of Fishermans Bend.”


The implementation of our smart city framework, coupled with an innovative urban design, will enable Fishermans Bend to become a healthy, connected, accessible and liveable community for the long-term benefit of Melbourne.