Victoria gets first glimpse inside Spencer Street Station redevelopment
Victoria got its first glimpse inside the $700 million project to transform the Spencer Street Station precinct today, and according to the Minister for Transport Peter Batchelor, the view couldn’t have been more impressive
“When the first ground was broken here just over a year ago, this redevelopment was tipped to change the face of Melbourne. Today that vision is becoming a reality,” Mr Batchelor said.
“The new Collins Street concourse is taking shape, the first columns to support the new wave roof are in place and most foundation works are complete.”
Work already undertaken on the project includes:
584,732 hours worked;
1400m3 concrete poured on the Collins Street concourse;
390 tonne of steel erected for the Collins Street concourse;
470 of 566 piles, which form part of the foundations, installed; and
Nine of 29 roof columns installed Mr Batchelor said the milestones reached during 2003 meant the redevelopment team was well positioned for the challenges ahead during 2004.
“Next year, the first roof sections, some of which weigh 27 tonne, will arrive by barge from Geelong where they are currently being built,” he said.
“The opening of the new Collins Street concourse mid next year will result in easier access to services for all station users.”
Mr Batchelor said once completed in mid-2005, the station would facilitate easy transfers between rail, coach, tram and taxi services.
“The station will include the largest undercover concourse in the country and will be safe, comfortable and easy to use,” Mr Batchelor said.
“The new Southern Cross station will revitalise the western end of the CBD and become one of the State’s great civic landmarks.”
The project is being delivered as a public private partnership with the Civic Nexus consortium, which is 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 the recently announced retail plaza on the site bringing the total cost of the development for the precinct to $700 million.
The Spencer Street Station Redevelopment is part of the Bracks Government’s $5 billion Linking Victoria programme.