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Work is now underway in the Kensington Precinct to support construction of western tunnel entrance of the Metro Tunnel.

This page outlines a snapshot of works happening in the area, details of impacts and working hours, and downloads of notifications sent to nearby residents and businesses. Sign up for enews to receive notifications to your inbox.

Construction snapshot for May

In May, works within the Kensington precinct will include:

  • Egress building construction
  • Signalling Equipment Room and Communications Equipment Room (SER/CER) construction
  • Temporary capping beam removal
  • Rail corridor works
  • Childers Street reinstatement works (west of Bill Vanina Pavilion)
  • Childers Street resurfacing works (west of Bill Vanina Pavilion)
  • Ongoing survey and monitoring activities.

Work details

Type, location and timingDetailsHours

Rail works along McLennan Drive and Bakehouse Road

Site investigation works

7am to 6pm, Tuesday 11 May to Wednesday 12 May 2021

Rail corridor works

24/7 from 6pm, Friday 14 May to 7am, Monday 17 May 2021

7am to 6p, Monday to Friday, from Monday 17 May (timing is subject to works occurring during the weekend prior and the outcomes of earlier site investigations)

Site investigations:
  • Using a saw cutter to remove small sections of asphalt along McLennan Drive and Bakehouse Road
  • Using a non-destructive digging (NDD) truck to investigate the location of services in four locations (see map overleaf)
  • Reinstating the sections of road with asphalt and compacting the surface with a handheld compaction machine.
Rail corridor works
  • Following the completion of site investigations, works will occur within the rail corridor, along McLennan Drive and Bakehouse Road, to install new steel posts, trays and casings which will contain new rail signalling cables
  • For the safety of workers due to the close proximity to the rail corridor, access to the work area will occur from McLennan Drive and Bakehouse Drive
  • This will require short term closures of up to 15 parking spaces along McLennan Drive and Bakehouse Drive
  • Work will involve the use of a NDD truck to safely excavate holes for the new post foundations, installing and concreting posts into the ground, and fixing steel boxes to the posts
  • On Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 May, an elevated working platform will be required to install cable trays onto existing overhead structures
  • Access to the rail corridor will require the temporary removal of some fencing panels.

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24 hours

Childers Street reinstatement works (west of Bill Vanina Pavilion)

Childers Street, between Kensington Road and Bill Vanina Pavilion)

Ongoing until mid-2021

  • This includes earthworks to widen the existing rail embankment between the tunnel entrance and Kensington Road rail bridge using an excavator and compaction roller
  • Demolishing existing pavements, using a small excavator to break through pavement layers and load into trucks to remove from the site
  • Installing new road curbs and drainage pipes along Childers Street for new garden beds and parking bays
  • Installing street lighting, which includes using an excavator  to dig holes for new foundations, installing concrete foundations, and lifting light poles in place with a small crane
  • Constructing a rail maintenance access pathway and the new pedestrian footpath along Childers Street, involving installing footings for fence posts, installing handrails, and placing crushed rock base layers.
  • These works involve the use of excavators, trucks and concrete trucks accessing the Childers Street site
  • Landscaping works, including placing soil and mulch, and planting new vegetation along Childers Street
  • There will be periods of high level noise to breakback existing pavements using an excavator with a jackhammer attachment (7am to 6pm only)
  • These works will generate low to medium levels of noise,
    and low levels of vibration during compacting works.

Normal construction hours

Childers Street resurfacing works

Childers Street, between Kensington Road and Bill Vanina Pavilion)

Commencing late-May 2021

Works will take place to resurface Childers Street, between Kensington Road and Bill Vanina Pavilion in preparation to reopen Childers Street for parking. This will involve:

  • Using a road profiling machine to remove existing asphalt layers, and using rolling machines, pavers and bobcats to lay the final surface layer
  • Deliveries of asphalt will occur via trucks entering from Kensington Road
  • Overnight deliveries of oversized machines may be required prior to asphalting works commencing. Further information will be provided if overnight deliveries are required
  • Installing new road signage, Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) compliant tactile paving and line-marking
  • These works are expected to generate medium levels of noise
  • Parking along Childers Street is expected to open for public use in mid-2021. Further information will be made available in the lead up to the reopening to advise the community on changed traffic conditions.

Normal construction hours

Egress building construction

Childers Street

Ongoing until mid-2021

  • Installing waterproofing membrane, formwork and reinforcement using a crane and hand tools
  • Pouring concrete to create the above-ground and internal walls of the structure. Some major concrete pours may take up to 12 hours to complete. Further advice will be provided to nearby properties in advance of any extended pours
  • Removing formwork using a crane and hand tools
  • Utility investigation works will be undertaken intermittently on Childers Street, between Ormond and Tennyson streets, and Tennyson Street, between Childers and Altona streets to assist with planning for the egress building’s future utility connections. This involves scanning, cutting through the road and footpath surface, using NDD trucks to locate underground services and then reinstating the road and footpath surface. These works may include
    intermittent impacts to traffic, footpaths and on-street parking adjacent to the work area. See the ‘traffic and transport impacts’ section for further information.

Normal construction hours

Signalling Equipment Room and Communications Equipment Room (SER/CER) works

Hobsons Road and Childers Street

Normal construction hours, ongoing to late-June 2021

  • Installing the architectural screens for the SER/CER buildings
  • Undertaking excavation works and installing new
    drainage, involving the use of an excavator and compaction roller
  • A generator and pump are required to temporarily divert water for two weeks in May. The generator and pump will be located on the corner of Hobsons Road and Kensington Road within the 1-39 Hobsons Road site
  • The generator and pump may operate overnight if there is rainfall or water in the drainage network. The generator will be surrounded by acoustic blankets to reduce noise. Some low levels of noise may be noticeable to nearby residents
  • Minor works to install new access gates, concrete edging for the access road, bollards and signage
  • These works will generate low to medium levels of noise during normal construction hours, and low levels of vibration during compaction works.

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Tunnel internal structure works

Arden Station site to Kensington

Ongoing until April 2021

  • Works to construct the tunnel invert (floor) are ongoing
  • This involves pouring concrete in 100-metre-long sections. Concrete will be transported from the Arden  Station site via the tunnels
  • Works commenced at the western tunnel entrance in
    Kensington and will move progressively east.

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Rail corridor works

Within the rail corridor, between North Melbourne station and Maribyrnong River

6pm, Friday 14 May to 7am, Monday 17 May

  • Undertaking works within the rail corridor to install steel posts, cable boxes and signalling equipment, between Lloyd Street and South Kensington Station. This involves using excavators, rail-mounted trucks, a non-destructive digging (NDD) truck and elevated working platforms
  • Installing one foundation at the Maribyrnong River bridge. This involves excavation works, use of a NDD truck, installing steel and pouring concrete
  • Using a NDD truck to investigate the location of services at South Kensington station and adjacent to Lloyd Street rail bridge
  • These works are expected to generate periods of high level noise while using the NDD truck. All other works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise.

24 hours

Temporary capping beam removal

Childers Street

Ongoing until mid-June

  • Removing a temporary capping beam on the northern side of the egress building. This will involve some temporary changes to traffic on Derby and Tennyson streets. See the ‘traffic and transport impacts’ section for further information
  • A number of geotechnical challenges encountered at the start of excavation require the use of an alternate construction methodology and a more staged approach
  • Preparatory works, including wire cutting the capping beam, have commenced but the removal of the capping beam will now occur from mid-May and will take up to four weeks to complete
  • Some oversized deliveries may occur at night, subject to permit conditions.

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Hours of work

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Normal construction hours

7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
7am to 1pm, Saturdays.

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Out of hours

Some works are required to take place out of normal construction hours.

24 hours

24 hours

24 hour works are sometimes required during peak construction activities.

Traffic and transport impacts

Egress building utility investigation works

  • Utility investigations will involve the short-term intermittent closure of Childers and Tennyson streets down to one lane in the areas shown on the map. Traffic will be maintained in both directions via a shuttle flow arrangement
  • Some on-street parking spaces on Childers Street may be temporarily impacted
  • Sections of footpath adjacent to the works area may be temporarily closed, with local pedestrian diversions in place
  • Signage and traffic controllers will be in place to direct vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians around the work area
  • Over-height vehicle access to the Lloyd Street Business Estate will be maintained at all times.

Capping beam removal works

  • Childers Street, adjacent to the egress building, will be closed to construction traffic until mid-June to accommodate these works. This is required to protect the gas main while the ground adjacent to the capping beam is exposed
  • Up to 10 construction vehicles per day will be required to travel to site using the Derby and Tennyson street detour route for up to four weeks while Childers Street is closed
  • The concrete blocks will be removed from site one at a time over a period of two to three days (approximately six to ten trucks per day). Trucks removing the concrete blocks will travel to and from site via the Derby and Tennyson street detour
  • Traffic controllers will be stationed at the intersection of Childers and Tennyson streets to direct construction vehicles and prioritise overheight vehicles travelling to or from the Lloyd Street Business Estate during this time.

Works area map

Kensington construction map showing road closure of Childers St, extend rail work and egress building

Indicative only

Works look ahead

Timeline for works in South Yarra. Entrance preparation works finish by 2021. Cross passage works start in January 2021

Download notifications

DateNotice
05 May 2021 Kensington, work and traffic update, May to June 2021 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
03 May 2021 Kensington, construction update, May 2021 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
28 Apr 2021 Kensington, out of hours works notification, May 2021 (PDF, 4.9 MB)
16 Apr 2021 Kensington, drainage works notification, April to May 2021 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
01 Apr 2021 Kensington Precinct construction update, April 2021 (PDF, 4.7 MB)
18 Mar 2021 Kensington, out of hours works notification, April 2021 (PDF, 812.6 KB)
01 Mar 2021 Kensington construction update, March 2021 (PDF, 2.6 MB)
11 Feb 2021 Kensington, out of hours works notification, February to March 2021 (PDF, 8.9 MB)
03 Feb 2021 Derby Street, Kensington, traffic update works notification, February 2021 (PDF, 2.8 MB)
03 Feb 2021 Kensington construction update, February 2021 (PDF, 2.4 MB)
01 Dec 2020 Kensington, out of hours works notification, December 2020 to January 2021 (PDF, 144.9 KB)
01 Dec 2020 Kensington construction update, December 2020 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
16 Nov 2020 Kensington, closure extension works notification, November 2020 to September 2021 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
09 Nov 2020 Kensington construction update, November 2020 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
28 Oct 2020 Kensington, out of hours works notification, November 2020 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
06 Oct 2020 Kensington, extended out of hours works notification, October 2020 (PDF, 3.0 MB)
02 Oct 2020 Kensington construction update, October 2020 (PDF, 2.2 MB)
30 Sep 2020 Kensington, communications and signalling equipment room works notification, October 2020 (PDF, 8.9 MB)
17 Sep 2020 Kensington, out of hours works notification, October 2020 (PDF, 3.0 MB)
03 Sep 2020 Kensington construction update, September 2020 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
25 Aug 2020 Kensington, out of hours works notification, September 2020 (PDF, 412.6 KB)
03 Aug 2020 Kensington construction update, August 2020 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
22 Jul 2020 Kensington, Tennyson and Derby streets traffic changes notification, July to September 2020 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
22 Jul 2020 Kensington, out of hours works notification, August to September 2020 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
02 Jul 2020 Kensington construction update, July 2020 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
12 Jun 2020 Kensington out of hours works notification, June to July 2020 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
05 Jun 2020 Kensington construction update, June 2020 (PDF, 2.1 MB)
29 Apr 2020 Kensington construction update, May 2020.pdf (PDF, 2.1 MB)
01 Apr 2020 Kensington construction update, April 2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
25 Feb 2020 Kensington TBM retrieval and breakthrough, March to April 2020 (PDF, 473.3 KB)
25 Feb 2020 Kensington construction update, March 2020 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
20 Jan 2020 Kensington, TBM retrieval and breakthrough, February to April 2020 (PDF, 456.2 KB)
20 Jan 2020 Kensington construction update, February 2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
10 Jan 2020 Kensington out of hours works, January 2020 to April 2020 (PDF, 343.7 KB)
03 Dec 2019 Kensington construction update, December 2019 to January 2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
15 Nov 2019 Kensington out of hours works, November 2019 to January 2020 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
04 Nov 2019 Kensington construction update, November 2019 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
07 Oct 2019 Kensington construction update, October 2019 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
16 Sep 2019 Kensington out of hours works, September to October 2019 (PDF, 153.3 KB)
11 Sep 2019 Kensington, long term closure of Childers Street, September 2019 (PDF, 2.8 MB)
05 Aug 2019 Kensington out of hours works, August 2019 (PDF, 192.3 KB)
17 Jul 2019 Kensington out of hours works, July 2019 (PDF, 182.2 KB)
27 Dec 2018 Kensington, Childers Street closure, January 2019 (PDF, 190.3 KB)