Melbourne Metro CBD station details emerge

Melbourne Metro CBD station details emerge
Melbourne Metro CBD station details emerge

More details of the Melbourne Metro project have been drip-fed out of the Victorian Government this week.

Yesterday, the Minister for Public Transport announced the scope of properties which will need to be acquired as part of the Melbourne Metro project: the total quote sits at 44 buildings with 94 individual titles.

An apartment building in the CBD containing 49 apartments will be acquired along with houses located near the tunnel portals in South Kensington and South Yarra. A further 31 titles which have commercial properties on them are set to be acquired.

This morning, Jacinta Allan provided a clearer picture on the construction method for the CBD stations. "The heart of Melbourne will keep moving while the heart of our transport system is transformed below it" the Public Transport Minister said.

It appears that a relatively straightforward construction technique (straightfoward elsewhere in the world, new to us in Melbourne) will be used. Some surface properties will be acquired in order for crews to access the underbelly of the city and then excavate and construct the station infrastructure under the street.

One of the Premier's tweets illustrates the construction method:

377-391 Swanston Street: dead in the water?

Back in May we reported on the history of the 212-222 La Trobe Street site which was at the time being spruiked with a permit by Savills. This site in the video tweeted by the Premier appears that it will only be used during construction.

The video seems to suggest that the surface buildings for the CBD North Station will be on the 377-391 Swanston Street site.

Melbourne Metro CBD station details emerge
Left: tower approved on 371-391 Swanston Street. Right: Aurora looks set to be CBD North's neighbour

Furthermore, judging by the now public domain video, Scape Melbourne's approved project on the 393 Swanston Street site will not be directly impacted during the construction of the station underbelly nor be taken up by the surface buildings.

The video also depicts the apartment building at 200 La Trobe Street disappearing from the skyline as well.

Next door to 212-222 La Trobe Street, the Aurora Melbourne Central tower's site (224-252 La Trobe Street) is being prepared, with the on-site multi-level car park currently being demolished. See our related forum thread for pictures of the site preparation.

Aurora Melbourne Central's official construction launch was this morning.

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor

Alastair Taylor is a co-founder of Urban.com.au. Now a freelance writer, Alastair focuses on the intersection of public transport, public policy and related impacts on medium and high-density development.

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Adrian's picture
Thank goodness the Y&J corner is set for a makeover as well that is more overdue than the LaTrobe corner. It's not been made clear but can we presume there will be an underground connection to Flinders St station ? Surely would be traffic suicide to funnel everyone back up to the already overcrowded Flinders & Swanston intersection ..
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PPA
Wonder if the present owner can get back the land for development after the tube is constructed. There is no way you can buy back something like these sites in the area. If the owner of Port Phillip Arcade find out his land is only forced acquired and use as a construction pit and sell it to higher bidder in future development.
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nwharr
Same story down the other end of Swanston Street where the buildings around Young And Jacksons will be demolished and that will allow for a development that will finally cover up the blank walls of the Nicholas Building and 238 Flinders Street.
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nwharr
My understanding is that all of the sites will be purchased, the existing buildings demolished, it will then be used as a construction yard/pit and then the site will be sold after construction is completed. It will be a fantastic opportunity for the complete redevelopment of one of the ugliest, most prominent corners in the city. It will allow for a much better outcome than the individual development of 212 La Trobe and 391 Swanston as they are currently approved.
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Adam Ford's picture
I don't know, guys. That doesn't look like a building to me. That looks like a flash way of saying "this is where the hoardings are going to be around our bloody great pit". Why would you need to construct a four storey building that size to cater for two new rail platforms? The ticketing and everything's going to be down at the concourse level. Any money this will be sold back as a development site at the end of the exercise.
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