Melbourne Metro Rail Infrastructure Alliance
Metro Gateway Alliance
Mark van den Enden
Architectus was engaged by the shortlisted Metro Gateway Alliance to provide architecture services for the RFP bid stage of Melbourne Metro Rail Infrastructure Alliance.
The metro tunnel project is the most substantial investment in Melbourne’s metropolitan rail infrastructure in the last 30 years. It will deliver an underground rail network with binocular 9km rail tunnels from Kensington to South Yarra as part of a new end-to-end rail line from Sunbury in the north west to Melbourne CBD and onto Cranbourne/Pakenham in the south-east.
The Rail Infrastructure Alliance component of the Melbourne Metro project focuses on the integration of the new metro line to the east and west of central Melbourne and encompassed track modifications, portals and dive structures, new road and pedestrian bridges, upgrades to stations that will need longer platforms to accommodate the new high capacity train fleet, and other network enhancements.
We have worked collaboratively with the Alliance’s engineering, civil and urban landscape teams to develop concepts for key buildings and structures associated with the two portal precincts, stations and turn back platforms and other rail corridor upgrades.
An integrated approach was taken to design rail infrastructure and tunnels merging in tight spaces within inner urban Melbourne. Strategies were implemented to moderate construction activities, reduce community impacts and capture the long-term benefits of the metro project once local precincts are reinstated.