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Metro Tunnel

Design strategies and plans

The Metro Tunnel will enhance Melbourne's reputation for design excellence in its urban design, architecture, landscape and integrated cultural activations.

Urban Design Strategy

The Urban Design Strategy will ensure that the Metro Tunnel integrates with the city's existing public spaces, creates vibrant new public precincts and is an exciting new addition to what is already great about our city and state.

It provides strategies to address the landscape and visual issues identified as part of the Metro Tunnel Environment Effects Statement and to maximise the project's positive and enduring contribution to Melbourne.

Ensuring that the public experience of the journey is memorable and engaging will be a key design outcome, during construction and after it is operational.

Living Infrastructure Plan

The Metro Tunnel will demonstrate world leading excellence to create a living infrastructure legacy for a more liveable Victoria.

This Living Infrastructure Plan has been developed to inform and aid design and construction teams in meeting the objectives of the Metro Tunnel Project with regard to its sustainability targets, in particular the Urban Ecology and Vegetation Targets and the Water Targets.

The Living Infrastructure Plan is a 'whole of project' plan that will be delivered through the Metro Tunnel work packages and partnerships.

The Plan will be supported by technical guidance notes and the Metro Tunnel Project environmental performance requirements.

Creating Healthy Places

The Metro Tunnel Project will use biophilic design principles to create an enjoyable and engaging experience for commuters.

Biophilic design links nature to the built environment by using natural light, nature-inspired patterns and materials, sensory stimuli and plants.

The Creating Healthy Places study has been developed by Deakin University in collaboration with the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority to inform the design of Metro Tunnel’s five new underground stations and surrounding precincts.

Development Plans

As part of the requirements of the Metro Tunnel Incorporated Document, Development Plans are required to be prepared by contractors appointed to deliver permanent infrastructure or any other above-ground works / structures for the Metro Tunnel Project.

Development Plans include site layout plans, architectural, landscape and public realm plans, together with an explanation which demonstrates how the infrastructure will be delivered in accordance with the approved Environmental Performance Requirements.

See the Development Plans page for more information.

Hoarding artwork

Find out more about the artwork on display outside our CBD construction sites.