Three consortia shortlisted for Melbourne Metro tunneling & station contract

On Sunday morning, the Minister for Public Transport announced three consortia had been shortlisted in the final round of bidding to build the 5 stations and tunnels on the Melbourne Metro project.

Formal planning approval for the early works on the project has also been received with Urban Melbourne spotting piling rigs on site over the weekend.

Across all three consortia global Australian, Spanish, French and Italian construction giants & specialists are well represented.  The three consortia are as follows:

Continuum Victoria, comprising

Cross Yarra Partnership, comprising

Moving Melbourne Together, comprising

Melbourne Metro Map

The three consortia's proposals "include more than 100,000 pages of detailed plans to build the nine-kilometre Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations at Arden, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain."  The winning bidder and contract signing is expected to be complete by the end of the year with major works kicking off in 2018.

From today, the westbound lanes of Albert Road (between St Kilda Road and Kings Way) are set to close for up to seven and a half months to allow early works to begin on the Domain station precinct.  The long timeframe for the early works in this precinct are due in part to the relocation of the South Yarra Main sewer which currently rests under the Domain station footprint.

For more information on the Albert Road closures, see the metrotunnel.vic.gov.au website.

Development & Planning

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 16:00
Located just one kilometere from Brighton’s Bay Street retail strip, MAST is the latest apartment development to take advantage of Brighton's bayside location and cosmopolitan lifestyle, which includes a vibrant and diverse mix of restaurants, cafes, bars, nightlife and shopping.

Policy, Culture & Opinion

Friday, February 2, 2018 - 00:00
Gamuda Land is set to unveil an impressive collection of artwork for the soon to be completed 661 Chapel St development in South Yarra. Andy Dinan, Director of Mars Gallery which is renowned for exhibiting and promoting contemporary Australian artists, has been invited to specially curate the art collection throughout the development; included will be some of Australia’s most collected artists.

Visual Melbourne

Monday, February 5, 2018 - 12:00
The various spaces and elements which combine to form RMIT's New Academic Street (NAS) have progressively begun to open to students and visitors alike. I was recently fortunate enough to be part of an informal group tour through the completed spaces within NAS, led by Harrison and White which had a hand in the project.

Transport & Design

Friday, February 16, 2018 - 12:00
Agenda item 6.1 at the upcoming Future Melbourne committee meeting at City of Melbourne includes a meaty document that seeks to reshape the way new CBD and Southbank developments are composed, and similarly how they're presented to all of us on the footpath.

Sustainability & Environment

Thursday, February 15, 2018 - 12:00
One of the world’s more unique International design competitions - The Land Art Generator Initiative (LAGI) 2018 - has come to Melbourne. Sponsored by the State Government of Victoria, the competition opened in early January but was officially launched on Saturday, Feb 10 th as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, Melbourne.