City Square demolition complete and more sheds coming

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State Library Station (CBD North)

An important project milestone was reached this month with the start of round-the-clock digging inside the Franklin St acoustic shed.

The shed is more than 20 metres high and 70 metres long and encloses 24-hour construction activity as excavation of an 11-storey shaft is underway.

It is the first of three massive acoustic sheds to be built in the CBD.

The A’Beckett St acoustic shed is well underway and expected to be complete by mid-year, while construction on an acoustic shed at City Square will begin later this year.

Service relocation works are continuing at Franklin St west of Swanston St. The westbound lane of Franklin St, between Swanston and Stewart streets, is closed to traffic.

This westbound lane closure will remain in place until mid-2019 to facilitate construction of another access shaft to build State Library Station.

Until late March, there is also a full closure of this section of Franklin St at night to relocate gas services.

Access for businesses and residents remains with signage in place to direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians around the works.

The demolition of buildings along Swanston and LaTrobe streets, including the nine-storey former residential tower, is progressing and is expected to be complete by the end of March.

Town Hall Station (CBD South)

The demolition of the car park at City Square is now complete.

Around 5000 tonnes of debris has been removed from the site since demolition began late last year.

Work will soon begin to deliver equipment and to set up the site before piling starts mid-year.

The piling will involve drilling up to 30 metres into the ground to create a hole and then placing a steel reinforcement cage inside before concrete is poured, creating the complete pile.

A 20-metre high acoustic shed will be installed before the start of 24-hour construction activities to build Town Hall Station, including excavation of an 11-storey access shaft and tunnelling.

The demolition of buildings on Swanston St is almost complete, with just the former KFC building remaining.

Port Phillip Arcade demolition is underway and is expected to continue until the end of March.

Pedestrians can continue to access Flinders Lane and Scott Alley businesses using either Degraves St or Swanston St.

The Town Hall Station construction site was lit up on February 17 as a part of Melbourne’s White Night. Hundreds of thousands of visitors to the city and festival could see into the worksite which was covered in bright lights through the viewing windows along Swanston St.

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