The level crossing removal information & picture blitz

Construction watchers rejoice: Victoria's Level Crossing Removal Authority is catering to your every desire through the prolific use of its facebook page.

Whilst locals have the opportunity to peer into the massive construction site on the Frankston line, at Bentleigh, McKinnon and Ormond stations, for those of us not in the neighbourhood, the  authority's facebook page is turning out to be a useful tool.

Fresh off the digital camera is the lead image above - posted earlier this morning; a photo overlooking the new station pit at Bentleigh with the three platforms well underway and now clearly visible.

Bentleigh Station building preparation works - image LXRA


Seen above is the opposite view from the lead image.  The caption on the LXRA's facebook page reads "preparing the Bentleigh concourse for the station building".

The trench south of Centre Road - image LXRA


In the most recent update, posted this morning, the shot below shows construction at McKinnon is well advanced with the new lift and ramp structures well on their way.

McKinnon station platforms advancing through their construction phase - image LXRA


And another angle on McKinnon station - this time of the platforms under the new McKinnon Road bridge.

McKinnon station's new platforms - image LXRA


And over in the west, the new Ginifer station had its first lift installed.

Ginifer station site - image LXRA

Not content with simply taking photos from ground level, there are aerials aplenty as well - below is the Blackburn station site, posted last week.

An aerial overview of the Blackburn level crossing removal site - image LXRA

To keep up to date with all the construction right around the metro, simply like the Level Crossing Removal Authority's facebook page:

And here's some specific links to the various albums on the authority's page.

Bentleigh, Ormond and McKinnon

Main Road, St Albans

Furlong Road, St Albans

Aerials - Blackburn

Aerials - Bayswater

Aerials - Heatherdale


Development & Planning

Wednesday, December 13, 2017 - 12:00
The swirl of development activity in Footscray has found another gear as new projects are submitted for approval, or are on the verge of beginning construction. Two separate planning applications have been advertised by Maribyrnong City Council; their subsequent addition to the Urban Melbourne Project Database has seen the overall number of apartment developments within Footscray in development swell to 40.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Monday, November 20, 2017 - 12:00
The marriage of old and new can be a difficult process, particularly when the existing structure has intrinsic heritage value. In previous times Fitzroy's 237 Napier Street served as the home of furniture manufacturer C.F. Rojo and Sons. Taking root during 1887, Christobel Rojo oversaw operations though over time the site would become home to furniture manufacturer Thonet.

Visual Melbourne

Friday, August 25, 2017 - 07:00
The former site of John Batman's home, Batman's Hill is entering the final stages of its redevelopment. Collins Square's final tower has begun its skyward ascent, as has Lendlease's Melbourne Quarter Commercial and Residential precinct already. Melbourne Quarter's first stage is at construction and involves a new 12-storey home for consultancy firm Arup along with a skypark.


Transport & Design

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 12:00
When a site spans 19,280 square metres, it becomes a 'district'. That's the case according to the development team behind the Jam Factory's pending overhaul. Reporting on the project to date has focused on the close to 60,000 square metres of new commercial space that is earmarked for the site, but more importantly from a layperson's perspective is the extensive new public realm that is planned as part of the development.

Sustainability & Environment

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 12:00
Cbus Property's office development for Medibank at 720 Bourke Street in Docklands recently became the first Australian existing property to receive a WELL Certification, Gold Shell and Core rating. The WELL rating goes beyond sustainable building features with a greater focus on the health and well-being of a building's occupants.