Bold new station designs revealed
Final station designs for the Metro Tunnel have been unveiled, including new images of State Library and Town Hall stations.
The designs combine functionality, space and natural light with the latest in public transport infrastructure design. The bold station designs make station layouts as easy as possible for passengers to navigate, while ensuring the structures and their surrounds set a new benchmark in architecture, sustainability and urban design.
Designs for the Metro Tunnel stations and their surrounds are a world-class collaboration between leading architects Hassell, Weston Williamson and Rogers Stirk Harbour and Partners.
The Metro Tunnel appreciates your support while we undertake vital works in the city and urge caution around our sites. Please help us support local businesses affected by Metro Tunnel construction by continuing to visit them while works take place.
Visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au for more information about works in your area.
State Library Station
The newly-released designs for State Library Station feature a timeless modern take on the State Library’s iconic columns at the Swanston St entrance on the corner of LaTrobe St.
A redesigned Literature Lane will feature new meeting places including retail and cafe spaces.
Approximately 3500 sqm of new public space will be created in the precinct for students and people to enjoy.
The archaeological excavations on Swanston and LaTrobe streets are continuing at full speed, with hundreds of thousands of artefacts from 18th and 19th century Australia already uncovered.
Ground water monitoring works along Victoria St, between Swanston and Elizabeth streets, are on schedule.
And around-the-clock excavation works inside the acoustic sheds at A’Beckett and Franklin streets will continue for the rest of the year.
Town Hall Station
The design of Town Hall Station sees the unveiling of a stylish, glass station entrance at Federation Square. In City Square, the station’s canopy reflects the landmark buildings of St Paul’s, Melbourne Town Hall and the Manchester Unity Building, while complementing more modern nearby architecture such as the Westin Hotel.
Metro Tunnel HQ, a new high-tech visitor centre in the heart of the CBD has opened at 125-133 Swanston St, opposite Melbourne Town Hall near Little Collins St.
Visitors can get up-to-date information about works in their area and temporary changes to the road, tram and rail networks to enable construction of this massive project.
A key feature of Metro Tunnel HQ is an education program developed for Victorian teachers and is available to schoolchildren across the state. Here they’ll be taught about the project in a way that matches the Victorian curriculum and includes details on the construction techniques being used and the many jobs needed to build this city-shaping project.
Teachers are encouraged to lodge their expressions of interest and learn more about the program via the Metro Tunnel website.
Archaeology digs at the Swanston St site near Young and Jackson Hotel are continuing and we invite all Victorians to see one of the state’s largest ever archaeological digs from the viewing windows.
Much beloved Melbourne businesses Arthur Daley’s and Dean’s Souvenirs in the CBD have reopened. Both stores were temporarily closed as integral works were undertaken to separate the former KFC building and the Nicholas Building. The stores are back to business as usual, with Dean’s Souvenirs reopening with a new fit-out.
Demolition of Port Phillip Arcade is continuing and expected to be completed in mid-July with the former KFC building expected to be demolished by mid-August.
Preliminary construction activities for piling works at City Square are also continuing, with piling works for the station entrance to commence in coming months.