Works to build the new Town Hall Station are ramping up, with major construction underway at all three work sites at the southern end of Swanston St.
Visitors to Federation Square will notice large piling equipment in operation behind the hoarding, as piling works get underway. More than 60 piles will be constructed up to a depth of 30 metres before an acoustic shed is built over the work site to minimise noise and dust during major excavation works later this year. Piling is also underway at Flinders Quarter, adjacent to the Young & Jackson Hotel on Swanston St, where over 200 piles will be constructed.
At City Square, piling is now complete and work is underway to build a temporary deck over the site. The deck will be constructed using steel, forming an area around the site that can support machinery as major excavation gets underway.
From mid-year, an acoustic shed will be built over the City Square work site to minimise noise and dust during construction.
For more information on Town Hall Station works, visit metrotunnel.vic.gov.au
Indigenous artefacts on show
A new layer of Melbourne’s history is on show at Metro Tunnel HQ.
Indigenous artefacts in the form of flaked stone tools found during the Metro Tunnel Project’s archaeological investigations are currently on display.
The artefacts were uncovered on Swanston St, adjacent to the Young & Jackson Hotel, where an entrance to the new Town Hall Station is being constructed.
Flaked stone tools could be made quickly and were used for many everyday tasks, including shaping objects made of wood, bark and bone. They were used as spear-tips in hunting weapons and as knives to butcher, and were also used to scrape and prepare animal skins for making cloaks, containers and decorative items.
The Metro Tunnel’s big dig – the largest archaeological program in the state’s history – uncovered more than one million artefacts in the CBD. A selection of pub-related objects is also on display at Young & Jackson Hotel, located on the corner of Flinders and Swanston streets.
To view the latest display at Metro HQ, visit the Project information hub at 125-133 Swanston St Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm, and Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm.