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Construction in North Melbourne

The new North Melbourne Station will trigger a transformation of an industrial precinct to a thriving commercial and residential community located just minutes from the CBD.

Current work notifications

Start dateWhereWhat is happening?

20 November to mid December

High Street

Geotechnical drilling with the following impacts:

  • Temporarily occupying up to five on-street car parking spaces
  • Temporarily lowering the speed limit to 40 km/h on sections of nearby road to ensure a safe environment for road users, pedestrians and construction staff. There will be signage in place and traffic controllers on site to safely guide you through the area during these works

For more information see the Site Investigations in North Melbourne (PDF, 2.5 MB)

20 November to mid December

Villiers Street

Geotechnical drilling with the following impacts:

  • Temporarily occupying up to five on-street car parking spaces
  • Temporarily lowering the speed limit to 40 km/h on sections of nearby road to ensure a safe environment for road users, pedestrians and construction staff. There will be signage in place and traffic controllers on site to safely guide you through the area during these works

For more information see the Site Investigations in North Melbourne (PDF, 2.5 MB)

20 November to early December

Lothian Street

Geotechnical drilling with the following impacts:

  • Temporarily occupying up to five on-street car parking spaces
  • Temporarily lowering the speed limit to 40 km/h on sections of nearby road to ensure a safe environment for road users, pedestrians and construction staff. There will be signage in place and traffic controllers on site to safely guide you through the area during these works

For more information see the Site Investigations in Arden notification (PDF, 2.7 MB)

20 November to early December

Little Dryburgh Street North

Geotechnical drilling with the following impacts:

  • Temporarily occupying up to five on-street car parking spaces
  • Temporarily lowering the speed limit to 40 km/h on sections of nearby road to ensure a safe environment for road users, pedestrians and construction staff. There will be signage in place and traffic controllers on site to safely guide you through the area during these works

For more information see the Site Investigations in Arden notification (PDF, 2.7 MB)

20 November to early December

Arden Street

Geotechnical drilling with the following impacts:

  • Temporarily occupying up to five on-street car parking spaces
  • Temporarily lowering the speed limit to 40 km/h on sections of nearby road to ensure a safe environment for road users, pedestrians and construction staff. There will be signage in place and traffic controllers on site to safely guide you through the area during these works

For more information see the Site Investigations in Arden notification (PDF, 2.7 MB)

Until early December

Barwise Street

Groundwater monitoring well installation

Impacts include:

  • Temporarily occupying up to 4 car parking spaces in Barwise Street
  • Traffic management including signage and traffic controllers on site to safely guide you through the area during these works

Download notification: Site investigations in Barwise Street (PDF, 1.9 MB)

Substation construction

Construction of a temporary power substation adjacent to Barwise Street. This substation will provide power for the tunnel boring machines required to build the Metro Tunnel.

A temporary site compound will be established to support construction activities.

To support the temporary substation structure, screw piles will be installed into the existing concrete foundation. There will be high levels of noise associated with this activity.

Download notification: Construction of a temporary electrical substation (PDF, 3.5 MB)

25 November

Laurens Street

Installation of groundwater monitoring well

Work to install the well will be undertaken between Monday 20 November to Saturday 25 November, within the hours of 7am – 6pm, Monday to Friday, and 7am – 1pm, Saturday, if required.

The left turning lane from Laurens Street into Arden Street will be closed temporarily while these works occur. Traffic controllers will be on site to safely guide pedestrians and road users through the area.

Demolition works

Demolition works are continuing on the North Melbourne work site. These will require traffic impacts and will generate high levels of noise. For more information, see the Works taking place in 2017 page.

Overview of works in North Melbourne

John Holland has been appointed as the Managing Contractor for works in North Melbourne which includes service relocation, tree and vegetation removal and demolition of existing buildings within Government-owned land.

Beon Energy Solutions has been appointed to construct a temporary electrical substation within the North Melbourne Station construction site. This substation will provide power for the tunnel boring machines required to build the Metro Tunnel.

Read more:

About the new North Melbourne station

The new underground station will be located near the corner of Arden Street and Laurens Street. It will be located within walking distance of the North Melbourne Recreation Centre and Arden Street Oval as well as the 57 tram and several bus routes. Read more about North Melbourne Station.

The existing North Melbourne Station will be renamed West Melbourne to better reflect its location.

The new North Melbourne Station will be built via a 'cut and cover' method, with the station box excavated from the bottom up and a roof slab placed over the top of the site. Underground construction activities will take place 24/7 once the roof slab has been installed. Read more about building North Melbourne Station.

North Melbourne Station will support the expansion of the central city and provide a focus for the development of a new commercial, residential and activity centre. Visit the Renewing Arden Macaulay website (external website).

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