Metro Tunnel construction continues across Melbourne with works on the new Town Hall and State Library stations making significant progress in recent weeks.
A 121-tonne, 15-metre long road header launched 30 metres underneath A’Beckett St late last year. It continues to dig out a pedestrian access passage for the new State Library Station ahead of five other road headers arriving to mine out the caverns for both CBD stations.
Vertical support structure works, known as piling, will support the construction of the stations and is more than 50 per cent complete at the City Square and Franklin St West sites.
Flinders Quarter, behind Young & Jackson, has transformed since archaeological digs wrapped up and preparation works have started ahead of final demolition of Port Phillip Arcade and the KFC building and the commencement of piling.
Federation Square works also continue to evolve with the demolition of the old Melbourne Visitor Centre basement and Federation Square deck close to completion in preparation for piling.
Collins St changes
Utility services were being relocated in February underneath the footpath on Collins St near the Metro Tunnel City Square site, home to the new Town Hall Station.
These changes will allow for the construction of a driveway for trucks to enter the site.
This entry will become operational once a steel deck is created later in the year. Trucks will enter the City Square site via Collins Street and exit onto Flinders Lane.
Josh Muir artwork on show
Artwork by Josh Muir, a Ballarat-based Yorta Yorta/Gunditjmara artist, has been installed on hoardings outside the A’Beckett and Franklin streets construction sites along Swanston St.
Muir’s solo exhibition, JOSH X MUIR, was presented by the Koorie Heritage Trust in November 2018 with support from the Metro Tunnel Creative Program.
The pieces are from the exhibition which continues the artist’s journey of self-exploration in which he surprises with his colourful digital prints on aluminium.
His works reflect contemporary street and pop art but incorporates imagery from his own Aboriginal heritage and strong sense of place and community.