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Spencer Street wave roof rolls into Melbourne

The first massive section of the innovative waveform roof for the new Spencer Street Station – to be renamed Southern Cross Station – will arrive in Melbourne today.
The Minister for Major Projects, Peter Batchelor, said the 25 tonne first section, known as a spine truss, would arrive by barge from Geelong.
“This is the first of 54 sections that will be transported from Geelong to Melbourne throughout the year. Its arrival marks a high point in the precinct’s $700 million redevelopment,” Mr Batchelor said.
Due for completion in mid-2005, the new wave roof will create two Australian firsts – the first wave structure to be built and, once complete, the largest undercover concourse in the country.
The design allows the roof to filter train fumes from the building without the use of industrial fans and promotes natural air flows.
“While the wave roof concept is a first for Australia, its functionality has been widely acclaimed throughout Europe and Asia where it features in several major buildings,” Mr Batchelor said.
“Once in Melbourne, transporting the newly arrived roof section from its arrival point at the Port of Melbourne to the Spencer Street construction site poses another logistical challenge.
“Over the coming week it will be moved, in the middle of the night, to a pre-assembly centre on Wurrundjeri Way at Docklands,” he said.
“Once at the assembly centre, the section will be fitted with guttering, electrical wiring, lights and other components before being fitted into place above the platforms.”
Mr Batchelor said experienced engineers would be responsible for lifting the section into place.
“As with most major works at the station site, every roof section will be lifted into place after the last train for the day has run, ensuring passengers are not disrupted.”
The project is being delivered as a public private partnership with the Civic Nexus consortium, lead and financed by ABN AMRO Australia. Design and construction is being undertaken by consortium member, Leighton Contractors Pty Ltd.
The Civic Nexus consortium also has plans for the development of office accommodation, residential and hotel developments, and a recently announced retail plaza on the site.
The Spencer Street Station Redevelopment is part of the Bracks Government’s $5 billion Linking Victoria programme.