Buildings are coming down

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CBD North

Major work in CBD North is ramping up with the first two buildings demolished at LaTrobe St.

Behind scaffolding that has been installed along LaTrobe St, a 48-tonne excavator and Bobcats have started to pull down the buildings and make way for what will be one of the entrances to the new CBD North Station.

There will be some footpath closures during night works with signed detours in place for pedestrians.

Demolition of all nine buildings, including the corner of former Hungry Jack’s site at the corner of LaTrobe St and Swanston St, will continue until early 2018.

Another important milestone will be reached when the installation of the acoustic shed in Franklin St begins in late October.

The shed, which will be around 20 metres tall, will cover the access shaft that will be used to transport machinery, equipment and works underground. It will minimise the impact of noise, light and dust on nearby residents and businesses during 24-hour tunnelling activities.

At A’Beckett St, piling is also on track to be complete by late October. Almost 70 piles, each 40 metres deep, are required and more than 2500 cubic metres of concrete has been poured at this location to support the walls around another new access shaft at this location.

CBD South

At City Square, work continues to build the dividing wall to separate the portion of the existing car park being retained, from the section in the location of the of the new underground station, which will be demolished.

The car park access ramps and public lifts have been demolished and demolition of the City Square main car park slab is set to begin in November.

A 200-tonne crane will be set up and used to lift in machinery for the demolition of the car park and removal of spoil from the site.

On the opposite side of Swanston St, work to prepare buildings between Young and Jackson and the Nicholas building for demolition is continuing.

Demolition has started on the Hungry Jack’s building. This will be followed by demolition of the former Commonwealth Bank and Souvenir Collection and then the McDonald’s building.

Building demolition is expected to be complete to ground level by mid- December.

There will be some closures of the Swanston St footpath in this location during the night works, including to install a pedestrian gantry, with a signed detour in place for pedestrians.

Port Phillip Arcade on Flinders St will close at the end of October and access to Flinders Lane via the arcade thoroughfare will no longer be available.

Work will begin on the demolition of the arcade in November.

Scott Alley businesses remain open for business as usual. Pedestrians should follow the signage to access Scott Alley via Degraves and Swanston streets.

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