John Holland has been awarded the first major Metro Tunnel contract.
The contract includes excavating major shafts in the centre of Melbourne as part of preparations for the tunnel and five new underground stations.
The $324 million works package includes the excavation of significant open shafts adjacent to Swanston Street to enable the underground construction of the two new city stations built as part of the $10.9 billion project.
The station shafts will be up to 35 metres deep – more than 11 storeys below the ground – and involve the excavation of 34 Olympic-sized swimming pools worth of soil and rock from beneath the city.
Steve Somogyi, RMIT Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President Resources, said RMIT is working closely with Melbourne Metro, City of Melbourne and the RMIT Student Union (RUSU) to minimise disruptions and maximise a host of learning and teaching, research and employment opportunities.
Several multidisciplinary project based electives for students across the built environment disciplines are in the pipeline.
Architecture and design, planning, property construction and project management students will be working shoulder-to-shoulder, simulating a Private Public Partnership (PPP) project office.
The Centre for Construction Work Health and Safety has submitted two research proposals relating to Melbourne Metro and the Level Crossing Projects.
Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews said the Metro Tunnel will create the international-style train system we need, and we’re not wasting a moment – work starts within weeks, and major work will start in 2017.
“Next year, the face of our city will change as we dig 11 storeys below the CBD, and pave the way for Melbourne’s new Metro Tunnel and five new underground stations.”
Minister for Public Transport Jacinta Allan said this is the biggest and most important public transport project in Australia – building it will cause years of disruption but bring decades of benefits. That’s why we’re getting to work and getting it done.
Excavation of the CBD North Station will involve two shafts – at Franklin and also at A’Beckett Streets – which will be covered by large acoustic sheds to reduce noise for neighbouring residents and offices.
Construction of CBD South will involve the partial demolition of the carpark underneath City Square.
These works will start within weeks, with work on the station shafts to begin next year, following the conclusion of the Environment Effects Statement (EES) process currently underway and subsequent formal planning approval for the project.
RMIT students and staff are encouraged to visit the Melbourne Metro site.
For more information, contact RMIT Property Services.
Story: Paul Noonan