Major works on the Metro Tunnel are underway to support construction of Town Hall Station with direct connections to Flinders Street Station.
City Square closed to the public on 3 April 2017 and works are underway to prepare the site for construction of a new underground station.
In order to safely and efficiently build this station, we will temporarily occupy City Square for up to five years. An acoustic shed will be built over the site in 2018.
When the project is complete, City Square will be returned to the City of Melbourne as public open space, with an entrance to the new underground station.
City Square demolition
Demolition will continue on the surface of City Square to prepare for future shaft excavation and the demolition of the underground carpark. See how this demolition work has progressed in our City Square demolition photo gallery.
Retaining wall construction
A retaining wall will be constructed within the City Square site, along the Swanston Street side.
Construction of the retaining wall involves piling, installation of structural beams on top of each pile and installation of precast panels.
This wall will provide structural support to retain material surrounding the site after the underground car park is demolished.
Brunetti Café relocated
Brunetti Café has closed their City Square store and moved to a new location at 250 Flinders Lane.
Removal of artwork
Removal of the Beyond the Ocean of Existence sculpture (corner of Flinders Lane and Swanston) and the Burke and Wills monument on Swanston Street took place between in early 2017. Most of the artworks affected by the construction of station have been placed in storage in the short term until City of Melbourne confirms a new location for them.