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Local university students storm home in People’s Choice vote

Local university students storm home in People’s Choice vote The University of Melbourne team of Eduardo Velasquez, Manuel Pineda and Santiago Medina, have won the Flinders Street Station Design Competition People’s Choice Award with an overall score of 279,827 points, Minister for Major Projects David Hodgett announced today.

“This is a fairy tale win for a group of three young Colombian nationals; fresh graduates from the University of Melbourne. To be on the short list with some of the world’s best architects and then win the People’s Choice Award is an amazing achievement,” Mr Hodgett said.

“Velasquez, Pineda and Medina’s design, which features a rolling green park over the length of the station site, has captured voters’ imaginations. The design won all four voting categories: overall design merit; transport function; cultural heritage and iconic status; and urban design and precinct integration.”

Mr Hodgett said the six short list competitors were ranked as follows:

  1. Velasquez, Pineda and Medina 279,827 points
  2. John Wardle Architects and Grimshaw 235,915 points
  3. HASSELL and Herzog & de Meuron 227,935 points
  4. NH Architecture 215,023 points
  5. Ashton Raggatt McDougall 209,413 points
  6. Zaha Hadid Architecture and BVN Architecture 207,192 points

“Looking at their comments, voters particularly liked the winning design’s creation of new parkland in the city and the way it integrated with Federation Square,” Mr Hodgett said.

Premier Denis Napthine said that the voting had captured the imagination of Victorians, and the winning design had proved popular with all demographics.

“The People’s Choice Award winner’s design was equally popular across gender and age lines and was praised by voters for its sympathetic treatment of the Administration Building,” Dr Napthine said.

“The Coalition Government is delighted with the public response to the People’s Choice Award. Almost 19,000 people voted and the site received more than 1.5 million page views in a two week period.

“I would like to thank everyone who voted and provided feedback on each of the designs. It is clear from the data we have collected that people have really engaged with the designs and thought about them carefully.

“This feedback and the comments we have received will be a valuable resource as we work through the next steps of the project.

“We have more than 620,000 pieces of data – numbers and text – that we will take away and analyse in depth. The results of this will then be used in future planning and decision making on the project to ensure the best possible outcome for Flinders Street Station and Victoria,” Dr Napthine said.