Building Domain Station
Domain will also play a key role in supporting the project's construction activities south of the Yarra River.
The station in Domain will be built via a 'cut and cover' method, with the station box excavated from the top down and a roof slab placed over the top of the site. Underground construction activities will take place 24/7 once the roof slab and appropriate acoustic treatments have been installed while traffic and trams continue to flow on St Kilda Road.
Tunnel boring machines (TBMs) will be launched from Domain towards the new underground station at the southern end of Swanston Street and the eastern tunnel entrance in South Yarra.
Nearby Edmund Herring Oval on Domain Road will be used as a support site for tunnel an station construction activities.
The South African Soldiers Memorial will be temporarily removed and stored while the Albert Road Reserve station entrance is built. The monument will be returned to an enhanced Albert Road Reserve once works are complete.
Key construction activities for the station at Domain include:
- Tree protection and removal.
- Relocation of underground services such as water, sewerage, gas, power and telecommunications.
- Establishment of the support site at Edmund Herring Oval.
- Reconfiguration of St Kilda Road to allow traffic, trams and cyclists to keep flowing around the construction site.
- TBM launch and support site.
- Excavation of the station box and and construction of a diaphragm wall.
- Structural works including the station entrance connections.
Trees in Domain Melbourne Metro Rail Authority (MMRA) worked hard during the planning and design phase to minimise the number of trees impacted in the Domain precinct. Design changes protected 120 trees from removal, including 69 trees in Fawkner Park and 46 trees in Domain Parklands.
Further to these changes, access shafts at Linlithgow Avenue are no longer required as part of the project, saving even more trees. The construction contractors are working to further reduce the number of trees impacted in Domain. For every tree removed as part of the project, two will be replanted.
Traffic and transport
The construction of the station at Domain will be staged to manage impacts on the road and tram network while maintaining access to nearby buildings and facilities. As a minimum, one traffic lane in each direction will be provided along St Kilda Road between Dorcas Street and Toorak Road / Kings Way for several years during major construction.
Tram and bike access will be maintained in both directions. Domain Road at St Kilda Road has temporarily closed to traffic for up to five years.
Route 58 trams have been rerouted to travel along St Kilda Road and Toorak Road West during this time.
Construction traffic routes for the Domain precinct aim to move trucks and other construction traffic between the site and Kings Way / CityLink as directly as possible.
Managing impacts in Domain
Environmental Performance Requirements (EPRs) have been developed in consultation with key stakeholders throughout Metro Tunnel's planning process to avoid, reduce or manage construction impacts in Domain. Find out more about managing construction impacts.
It is estimated that construction activities in Domain will take around five years. Surface disruption is expected to be shorter than the overall construction time. Project wide rail systems installation will occur after this.
The target completion date for the project is 2026, which accounts for construction works above and below ground, tunnels and stations fit-out, as well as installation and testing of critical safety systems and the high capacity signalling which needs to be integrated with existing network systems.
The estimated project timelines are due to the scale and complexity of the Metro Tunnel construction, along with Melbourne's challenging ground conditions. MMRA and the construction contractors will work to deliver the project to Victorians as early as possible while maintaining the highest safety and quality standards.