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Kensington precinct work notifications

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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 October

In October, works within the Kensington precinct will include:

  • public realm works
  • tunnel entrance rail services installation – enabling works
  • egress building construction
  • utilities connections
  • groundwater well decommissioning
  • service investigation and relocation
  • temporary capping beam removal
  • track form concrete in decline structure.

Work details

Type, location and timingDetailsHours

Public realm works

Childers Street and JJ Holland Park

Ongoing to late-2021

  • Installing legacy public realm elements including finishing works to Childers Street and installing tiles to the flood wall for the creative design
  • Road works will take place on Childers Street east of the Bill Vanina Pavilion. These works may include saw cutting which will generate some periods of high-level noise during normal construction hours
  • Traffic management will be in place to manage traffic and pedestrian movements around the worksites.

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Tunnel entrance rail services installation – enabling works

Childers Street, decline structure

Ongoing to late-2021

  • Installing brackets in the decline structure to house rail services. These works include drilling and fixing to decline structure walls.

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Egress building construction

Childers Street

Ongoing until late-2021

  • In early October, work will commence on excavating and installing a stormwater drain adjacent to the egress building
  • Excavation for sewer and water main diversion works to connect the egress building to the existing sewer network will be carried out through October into November
  • Saw cutting and breaking out concrete as part of excavating the sewer line will generate periods of high level noise.

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Service investigation and relocation

Childers Street

Ongoing to late-2021

  • Utility investigation works will be undertaken intermittently on Childers Street, between Ormond and Tennyson streets, and on 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 non-destructive digging (NDD) trucks to locate underground surfaces and then reinstating the road and footpath surface. NDD uses pressurised water to dig and then vacuum up the soil to expose assets and services underground without damaging them
  • 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.

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Groundwater well decommissioning

Western Portal site and JJ Holland Park

Ongoing to late-2021

  • Groundwater wells around the Western Portal site will be decommissioned in October. During initial construction, these wells were used to conduct groundwater level monitoring
  • Hand tools and a pump will be used to fill the boreholes with grout
  • Traffic and pedestrian access are not expected to be impacted by these works, with some minor diversions in place
  • Decommissioning works will be conducted during normal working hours and is expected to generate low to medium levels of noise.

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Temporary capping beam removal

Childers Street

Ongoing to late-October

  • Removing temporary capping beams on the eastern and western walls of the egress building
  • The concrete blocks will be sawcut and removed from site one at a time
  • All trucks transporting the concrete blocks will travel via Childers Street only
  • Saw cutting will generate periods of medium to high level noise.

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Track form concrete in decline structure

Childers Street

Ongoing until November

  • This will create the flat surface that track will be installed on
  • Each pour will be approximately 300m3 per day, requiring on average approximately 22 concrete trucks to site per pour
  • Some finishing works on these concrete pours will occur out of hours, due to properties of the concrete
  • Finishing works will generate low levels of noise using only hand tools.

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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 areas where works are occurring
  • 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.

Childers Street closure extension

  • The closure of Childers Street continues in September
  • Over-height vehicles accessing the Lloyd Street Business Estate and Childers and Tennyson street residents (south of the truncation) are required to detour via Kensington Road, Derby Street and Tennyson Street.

Download notifications

DateNotice
04 Oct 2021 Kensington, construction update, October 2021 (PDF, 401.0 KB)
20 Sep 2021 Kensington, Childers Street reopening, December 2021 (PDF, 220.4 KB)
01 Sep 2021 Kensington, construction update, September 2021 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
23 Aug 2021 Kensington, 24-hour rail corridor works notification, September 2021 (PDF, 956.3 KB)
02 Aug 2021 Kensington, construction update, August 2021 (PDF, 2.2 MB)
29 Jul 2021 Kensington, works notification, July 2021.pdf (PDF, 107.1 KB)
21 Jul 2021 Kensington, partial road and parking reopening works notification, July 2021 (PDF, 9.5 MB)
14 Jul 2021 Kensington, extended work hours notification, July 2021 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
07 Jul 2021 Kensington, construction update, July 2021 (PDF, 9.8 MB)
22 Jun 2021 Kensington, out of hours works notification, July 2021.pdf (PDF, 1.1 MB)
17 Jun 2021 Kensington, work and traffic update, June 2021 (PDF, 1.1 MB)
02 Jun 2021 Kensington, construction update, June 2021 (PDF, 9.7 MB)
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)