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Kensington precinct work notifications

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

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TimingWhere What's happening

Ongoing

From North Melbourne towards Kensington

The project's first TBM will begin tunnelling from the site of the new North Melbourne Station towards Kensington from early September 2019. The second TBM will commence tunnelling a short time after from the same site.

These works will occur:

  • 24 hours, ongoing from September.

Properties located near tunnelling will be contacted with further information prior to tunnelling commencing in their area.

For further details, see the September works notification (PDF, 3.0 MB).

October 2019

Lloyd Street, Kensington

Cross passage ground improvement works on Lloyd Street and McLennan Drive are now complete. Reinstatement works on Bakehouse Road and McLennan Drive will involve concreting, asphalting and line marking during October 2019.

Some overnight closures of Lloyd Street will be required to complete reinstatement works.

Additional information will be provided to nearby properties once dates are confirmed.

For further details, see the October works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).

October 2019

Childers Street

TBM retrieval shaft works using excavators and trucks to remove the excavated material will occur until late 2019.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 6pm, Monday to Friday
  • 7am to 3pm, Saturdays.

Works during October will be undertaken during regular construction hours, although concrete pouring activities may occasionally continue past these hours. Jackhammering work will be undertaken during the daytime only.

For further details, see the October works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).


Diaphragm-wall preparation works will occur at Childers Street (adjacent to Bill Vanina Pavilion) from October to late 2019.

These works will occur:

  • October to late 2019.

Undertaking earthworks, including excavation of materials, placement of new materials and use of a vibrating roller to provide new access ramps into the worksite.

These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise and medium to high levels of vibration associated with the use of the vibrating roller.

For further details, see the October works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).


Diaphragm-wall construction will occur in two areas. Area 1 is located adjacent to the Bill Vanina Pavilion in JJ Holland Park. Area 2 is located opposite the South Kensington station platforms (see the below works notification for map). Both of these D-wall works will take place in October 2019.

These works will occur:

  • 24 hours, ongoing until Friday 11 October
  • 7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, 12 October until early 2020.

These works are expected to generate low levels of noise to nearby residents and low levels of vibration are expected while excavation of rock and firmer soils takes place.

For further details, see the October works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).


D-wall break back and capping beam works will occur after Stage 1 D-walls are complete, from late October to mid-2020.

These works will occur:

  • During normal construction hours.

These works will be undertaken in stages, with activity undertaken in approximately three-week blocks once sections of D-walls are installed.

These works are expected to generate high levels of noise.

For further details, see the October works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).


Approach structure construction (previously embankment stabilising works) and concrete pouring will occur at Childers Street until early 2020.

These works will occur:

  • During normal construction hours.

Earthworks including excavation of materials, placement of new materials and use of a vibrating roller will be undertaken. These works are expected to generate medium level noise and medium to high levels of vibration associated with the use of the vibrating roller.

For further details, see the October works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).


High voltage tower underground concrete foundation removal will occur at the Childers Street site until mid-October 2019.

These works will occur:

  • Ongoing until mid-October.

These piles require removal to allow for D-wall construction to commence in this area.

It is expected that pile removal works will generate high levels of noise.

For further details, see the October works notification (PDF, 1.2 MB).


Bentonite plant operation will occur within the Hobsons Road site compound from mid-August to late 2019.

These works will occur:

  • 7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, ongoing until late 2019.

These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise.

For further details, see the September works notification (PDF, 3.0 MB).


D-wall construction evening works will occur throughout August to late 2019.

These works will occur:

  • Stage one: 7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, 19 August to September 2019.
  • Stage two: 7am to 11pm, Monday to Saturday, October to late 2019.

These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise.

For further details, see the September works notification (PDF, 3.0 MB).

October 2019

Hobsons and Kensington roads

Hobsons Road temporary car park closure will occur from September to October 2019.

These works will occur:

  • 12:01am, Monday 23 September to 5am Friday 18 October.

The closure of the whole car park is required to construct large sections of new rail and materials to be transported into the rail corridor.

For further details, see the September works notification (PDF, 3.0 MB).


Hobsons Road will be reduced to one traffic lane between Kensington Road and Balmer Street in October 2019.

These works will occur:

  • 5am, Friday 4 October to 5am, Monday 7 October.

Traffic controllers will be in place to assist with all vehicle, pedestrian and cyclist movements along Hobsons Road.

For further details, see the September works notification (PDF, 3.0 MB).

Until late-2019

Lloyd Street and McLennan Drive

Ground improvement works to strengthen the ground ahead of cross passage construction with works being held 24/7 to minimise traffic impacts.

Impacts include:

  • Non-destructive digging to locate and protect services.
  • Laying pipes beneath Lloyd Street.
  • The overnight closure of Lloyd Street, from Radcliffe Street to the eastern entrance of the Lloyd Street business estate. Access to the business estate will be maintained via Childers Street during these closures.

Tunnel cross passage ground improvements works will occur at Lloyd Street and McLennan Drive on an ongoing basis until late-2019.

This work is not expected to be audible from residential properties.

For further details, see the September works notification (PDF, 3.0 MB).

DateNotice
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 (PDF, 2.8 MB)
02 Sep 2019 Kensington construction update, September 2019 (PDF, 3.0 MB)
26 Aug 2019 Kensington construction update, August 2019.PDF (PDF, 1.2 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)
09 Jul 2019 Kensington construction update, July 2019.pdf (PDF, 822.6 KB)
27 Jun 2019 Kensington, road closures, July 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
31 May 2019 Kensington construction update, June 2019 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
14 May 2019 Kensington May construction update follow up (PDF, 183.3 KB)
26 Apr 2019 Kensington construction update, May 2019 (PDF, 409.3 KB)
29 Mar 2019 Kensington construction update, April 2019 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
26 Feb 2019 Kensington construction update, March 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
19 Feb 2019 Kensington out of hours notification, February to March 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
29 Jan 2019 Kensington construction update, February 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
25 Jan 2019 Over-height vehicle detour, Kensington, 30 Jan- 8 Feb 2019 (PDF, 361.7 KB)
17 Jan 2019 Kensington pump test January 2018 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
10 Jan 2019 Kensington construction update, January 2019 (PDF, 485.4 KB)
27 Dec 2018 Childers St closure January 2019 Kensington (PDF, 190.3 KB)
13 Dec 2018 Kensington construction update, December 2018 (PDF, 362.5 KB)
03 Dec 2018 Kensington construction update, December to January 2019 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
02 Nov 2018 Kensington construction update, November 2018 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
25 Oct 2018 Kensington construction update, October to November 2018 (PDF, 270.8 KB)