Minister for Public Transport The Hon. Jacinta Allan MP has today released updated images of the Metro Tunnel Project – Victoria’s biggest ever public transport project.
The project is being delivered by Cross Yarra Partnership, a consortium led by Lendlease, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital, and will deliver five new underground stations to be known as North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac.
The design for the five stations is a world-class collaboration between leading international design practices HASSELL, Weston Williamson and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners. HASSELL is also leading the design of the public realm surrounding and connecting the five stations.
The five stations maximise public space, natural light and the latest innovation in station design – each drawing on local character in their design and together transforming the city by improving connectivity across Melbourne and acting as a catalyst for urban renewal.
In a joint statement about the project, the architectural team commented:
“Passenger experience has been at the heart of our design. The stations open up to fresh air and natural light and the underground spaces have a generous civic quality that will feel safe and intuitive to use. But this project isn’t just about adding new stations, it actually creates five extraordinary new public buildings and transformative public places for Melbourne. Together these new places will add a brand new layer to Melbourne, amplifying and connecting to what makes our city one of the world’s most liveable. We’re proud to be part of this project that will help shape the way the city works today, into the next century.”
The Metro Tunnel project also creates the opportunity for significant above ground improvements to the city.
Beyond improving train travel in Melbourne, this project will add new public and green space, improve walkability in the city, and make new connections to unlock the potential of previously underutilised space.
The Metro Tunnel Project is on track to be completed by 2025, a year ahead of schedule, enabling more trains more often across the rail network by freeing up space in the City Loop.
ABOUT THE DESIGN TEAM
HASSELL is a leading international design practice with studios in Australia, China, South East Asia, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. We judge the success of the buildings and places we design by the way people use and enjoy them. We believe good design is about the way people feel when they experience it, creating a sense of meaning, connection and belonging. Projects include Optus Stadium in Perth, International Convention Centre in Sydney, Flinders St Station International Design Competition, Sky Central London and Resilient by Design Bay Area Challenge in San Francisco.
Weston Williamson is an award-winning architectural and urban design practice with a wide variety of projects in the UK and abroad. Our specialist knowledge and design experience, built up over 30 years, enables us to provide elegant and considered solutions. Our clients include Crossrail, London Underground Limited, and Docklands Light Railway along with many residential and mixed use clients.
ROGERS STIRK HARBOUR + PARTNERS
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) is an international architectural practice based in London. Over the past four decades, RSHP has attracted critical acclaim and global awards with built projects across Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia, including two RIBA Stirling Prizes, one in 2006 for Terminal 4, Madrid Barajas Airport and the other in 2009 for Maggie’s West London Centre. The practice has recently completed Sydney’s largest urban renewal project since the 2000 Olympics at Barangaroo South which includes three International Towers.
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