Victoria's Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan and the newly-elected lord mayor Sally Capp have revealed the final designs for Melbourne's five new Metro Tunnel stations.
The $11 billion project, constructed by The Cross Yarra Partnership – a consortium led by Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital – will run for 39km between Melbourne's west and south-east.
The five new stations, which will be known as North Melbourne, Parkville, State Library, Town Hall and Anzac, will draw on the local character of each location in their design and layout.
Architecture firm Hassell in collaboration with Weston Williamson and London-based Rogers Stirk & Harbour and Partners are responsible for the Metro Tunnel designs.
“The final designs for the Metro Tunnel’s five new underground train stations will deliver the best passenger experience in stunningly designed and spacious settings,” Allan said.
“The Metro Tunnel will deliver five new architectural landmarks for Melbourne and the turn-up-and-go train system our city needs.”
The new North Melbourne Station, situated near the corner of Arden Street and Laurens Street will trigger significant urban renewal in the precinct.
The station features an impressive large-scale brick arched entrance to reflect the area’s industrial heritage and skylights to enable natural light to filter down on the platforms and concourse.
North Melbourne entrance
North Melbourne concourse
North Melbourne platform
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A glass feature roof at the Grattan Street entrance provides passengers visiting this world class health and education precinct with a tree-lined view as well as natural light into the station concourse.
Parkville's Grattan St entrance
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The new State Library Station will be a northern gateway to the city, and the surrounding precinct will be transformed to provide better spaces for pedestrians, cyclists and the area’s growing residential community.
The new precinct will create 3,500 sq m of new public space from reconfigured road space.
State Library Swanston Street entrance
State Library platform
Another perspective on State Library's platform ceiling
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Town Hall Station will be a gateway to some of Melbourne’s most popular landmarks and destinations, and the surrounding precinct will be transformed to take advantage of nearby laneways and open spaces.
Town Hall Federation Square entrance
Town Hall City Square / Collins Street entrance
Town Hall concourse
Town Hall platform
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Anzac Station has been designed as a ‘pavilion in the park’ – an integrated public building and landmark that connects seamlessly with surrounding parklands.
The canopy above the tram interchange will be an architectural focal point, providing waiting passengers with year round weather protection. A large skylight embedded in the tram stop will fill the station concourse below with natural light.
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“These stations will be bold and exciting additions to the Melbourne landscape, enhancing the experience of the city’s commuters,” said newly elected City of Melbourne Lord Mayor Sally Capp.
“We will work with the Victorian Government to ensure the city continues to reap the benefits from this world-leading project, including enhanced public spaces for Melburnians to enjoy for decades to come.”
The Melbourne Metro Tunnel is marked for completion in 2025.