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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.

We are currently consulting on our plans to build the Western Tunnel Entrance in Kensington

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TimingWhere What's happening

Ongoing-mid 2019

Hobsons and Kensington Roads

Installing a temporary bentonite facility, including pipes and storage tanks which will pump bentonite clay from the Hobsons Road site to the Childers Street site.

These works will occur:

  • April to mid-2019.

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

For further details, see the April works notification (PDF, 1.4 MB).

April 2019

Childers Street, Kensington and Hobson's Roads

Traffic detection sensors will be installed within the road, involving power saws to cut the road.

To minimise traffic disruption, these works will be undertaken out of hours

These works will occur:

  • 7pm to 10pm, Tuesday 9 April.

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

For further details, see the April works notification (PDF, 1.4 MB).

Works to identify and monitor ground conditions will occur until March 2019.

Impacts include:

  • Non-destructive digging and geotechnical digging, along with groundwater and soil testing leading to medium and high levels of noise.
  • Installing noise, air and vibration monitoring equipment.
  • Pedestrian detours at various times.

For further information see the February works notification PDF, 1.9 MB.

Additional site preparation works will be taking place from 1 March until April 2019.

For further details see the March works notification (PDF, 1.9 MB).

April 2019- mid- 2019

Childers Street

Driven piling will be undertaken to construct the foundations for the train tracks leading into the new tunnel entrance.

These works will occur:

  • Monday 15 April to mid-2019.

These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise and medium levels of vibration.

For further details, see the April works notification (PDF, 1.4 MB).

An oversized piling rig will be delivered at night to minimise traffic disruptions.

These works will occur:

  • Early April.

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

For further details, see the April works notification (PDF, 1.4 MB).

Works to prepare for the installation of diaphragm walls (D-walls) that will form the structure of the western tunnel entrance will start in April.

These works will occur:

  • Monday 8 April to mid-2019.

These works are expected to generate high levels of noise, and medium to high levels of vibration.

For further details, see the April works notification (PDF, 1.4 MB).

Bored piling works for the tunnel boring machine (TBM) retrieval shaft adjacent to South Kensington station will continue throughout April.

These works will occur:

  • April to May 2019.

These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise, and will require a full closure of Childers Street to be complete.

Dates for this closure will be communicated closer to the date.

For further details, see the April works notification (PDF, 1.4 MB).

Sheet piling works to construct a retaining wall to support the rail embankment along Childers Street from the 1st of February until April 2019.

Impacts include:

  • Delivery of a piling rig and steel sheet piles, along with the installation of piles and metal rods.
  • Excavation of excess soil
  • Low to medium levels of noise during piling, along with periods of loud noise when using rig and installing metal rods.

For more information see the February works notification (PDF, 1.9 MB).

Sheet piling works will also be taking place alongside the rail corridor on Childers Street until April 2019.

These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of vibration during piling and periods of loud noise.

Until Mid 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.

Until late 2019

Hobsons Road

Site preparation and establishment at the future western tunnel entrance.

This includes:

  • Installation of temporary site fencing, hoarding, site offices and worker amenities
  • Site clearing activities
  • Low to medium levels of noise.

Asbestos removal

Asbestos has been found on the Hobsons Road site previously and we anticipate more asbestos may be found during these works. The site will be monitored during works, and any asbestos found will be removed by independent occupational hygienists, in accordance with WorkSafe Victoria’s Compliance Code 2008 for Removing Asbestos in Workplaces. Removal of asbestos-containing material by licensed removalists does not post any safety risk to site staff or the public.

Traffic impacts

Traffic management will be in place on Hobsons Road to facilitate site deliveries which may result in short delays of up to five minutes.

For more information, see the November notification (PDF, 1.9 MB).

DateNotice
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)
29 Oct 2018 Kensington soil management fact sheet, October 2018 (PDF, 2.5 MB)
25 Oct 2018 Kensington construction update, October to November 2018 (PDF, 270.8 KB)
02 Oct 2018 Kensington construction update, October 2018 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
07 Sep 2018 Kensington construction update, September 2018 (PDF, 2.6 MB)
24 Aug 2018 Lloyd St temporary realignment, Kensington, August to September 2018 (PDF, 713.8 KB)
18 Aug 2018 Kensington construction update, August 2018 (PDF, 183.9 KB)
10 Aug 2018 Hobsons Rd site clearing, Kensington, August - September 2018 (PDF, 290.4 KB)
30 Jul 2018 Kensington construction update, August 2018 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
12 Jul 2018 HV Tower relocation update, Kensington, 16-22 July 2018 (PDF, 531.5 KB)
02 Jul 2018 HV Tower construction update, Kensington, July 2018 (PDF, 561.6 KB)
27 Jun 2018 Traffic and transport changes, Kensington - from July 2018 (PDF, 992.9 KB)
27 Jun 2018 Kensington construction update, July 2018 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
31 May 2018 Kensington construction update, June 2018 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
01 May 2018 HV Tower construction update, May 2018 (PDF, 946.2 KB)
05 Apr 2018 HV Tower construction update, Kensington, April 2018 (PDF, 754.8 KB)
16 Feb 2018 HV Tower Construction Mid-Feb until Late March 18 (PDF, 699.2 KB)
18 Jan 2018 Childers Street and Hobsons Road, Kensington high voltage tower construction update, 17 January – late-March 2018 (PDF, 3.5 MB)
27 Oct 2017 Hobsons Road and Childers Street, Kensington high voltage tower construction update, October – early December 2017 (PDF, 3.3 MB)