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Metro Tunnel

Heritage permits

A number of sites and locations along the Metro Tunnel are places of heritage significance.

In some cases, these sites are registered on the Victorian Heritage Register and require a heritage permit to be granted before works are undertaken.

Visit the Heritage Victoria website to view details of the heritage permits granted for the Metro Tunnel.

Locations

Federation Square

Federation Square has been nominated for inclusion on the Victorian Heritage Register by the National Trust. Heritage Victoria has made a recommendation to the Heritage Council that it should be added to the Victorian Heritage Register.

An Interim Protection Order (IPO) has been placed by Heritage Victoria on Federation Square. Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP) has received a permit exemption from Heritage Victoria for initial site establishment works at Federation Square including fencing and DDA ramps. A heritage permit has also been received to enable construction of a station entrance for the new Town Hall Station on the north-west corner of Federation Square.

The heritage permit enables the station entrance works in Federation Square to commence while the nomination of Federation Square for the Victoria Heritage Register is considered.

Gatekeeper’s Cottage – The University of Melbourne

The Gatekeeper’s Cottage is included within the Victorian Heritage Register as a site of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria.

Cross Yarra Partnership was granted a heritage permit in 2018 from Heritage Victoria for works in the vicinity of The Gatekeeper’s Cottage. The works covered under the permit application include:

  • installation of hoarding
  • removal of landscaping including two trees
  • piling works to facilitate the construction of the underground station

Main Entrance Gates (Gate 6), Pillars and Fence – University of Melbourne

The Main Entrance Gates, Pillars and Fence are included within the Victorian Heritage Register as a site of historical and architectural significance to the State of Victoria.

Cross Yarra Partnership was granted a heritage permit from Heritage Victoria in 2018 for works to the University of Melbourne Main Gates (Gate 6), Pillars & Fence, located at 156-292 Grattan Street, Parkville. The fence and gates are included on the Victorian Heritage Register at H0918 and it is noted that the entrance is now known as Gate 10.

The works covered under the permit application include:

  • dismantle part of the existing fence and gates (including cast iron railings and gate pillars) and partially demolish the existing concrete base
  • installation of hoarding and undertake other site preparation works within the registered land
  • undertake piling works to facilitate construction of the underground station

Royal Parade

Royal Parade is registered on the Victorian Heritage Register and a heritage permit was granted in April 2017 to enable tree removal and temporary works associated with bluestone kerbing for service relocations ahead of construction of Parkville Station.

Cross Yarra Partnership submitted an additional heritage permit to Heritage Victoria for works on Royal Parade following a period of public comment in April 2018.

In July 2019, a further permit application was submitted to Heritage Victoria for works required to construct two new station entrances outside of The Royal Melbourne Hospital and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, a tram super-stop on Royal Parade and for works to reinstate the precinct in accordance with the approved Legacy Design. Heritage Victoria issued the permit with conditions in August 2019.

The works covered under the permit application include:

  • partial removal of the existing bluestone kerb and channel to the outer service lanes of Royal Parade
  • partial removal of the existing central medians with tiered concrete kerbing
  • removal of existing road surfaces and associated road and tramway infrastructure and signage
  • removal of trees within Elizabeth Street and Royal Parade.

St Kilda Road

Rail Projects Victoria successfully nominated St Kilda Road to be included on the Victorian Heritage Register in September 2016. A permit was granted in April 2017 to enable early works including tree removal and changes to bluestone kerbing to take place ahead of major construction of Anzac Station.

In early February 2018, a heritage permit were granted by Heritage Victoria for heritage works and tree removal in the Domain precinct associated with the St Kilda Road tram / road realignment. Heritage Victoria are still considering heritage permit applications for setup of a tunnel boring machine support facility at Edmund Herring Oval.

Fawkner Park

Rail Projects Victoria successfully nominated Fawkner Park to be included on the Victorian Heritage Register in September 2016. Following design changes, no works are planned to take place in Fawkner Park.

South African Soldiers Memorial

The South African Soldiers Memorial located in Albert Road Reserve is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. A heritage permit was granted in June 2017 to enable the safe dismantlement and storage of the memorial, and associated tree removal, ahead of construction of Anzac Station.

Edmund Herring Oval

Edmund Herring Oval forms part of the Domain Parklands which is registered on the Victorian Heritage Register. A heritage permit was granted for works to construct a temporary power substation in Edmund Herring Oval.