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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
13-17 December

Rail corridor

Further to the November Kensington Construction Update, the installation of electrical circuits and cabling within the retaining wall on the rail corridor embankment will now take place from Thursday 13 to Monday 17 December. Asbestos has been identified on this site and its removal will be undertaken by a Class A licensed contractor.

These works involve the excavation of soil, removal of contaminated materials within the work area, and the installation and connection of electrical circuits and cabling.

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

Early November

Derby and Tennyson streets

The Lloyd Street Business Estate over-height vehicle temporary detour route along Derby and Tennyson streets is expected to operate during November. This is required to undertake necessary gas main protection works in Childers Street within the Metro Tunnel worksite.

During our works, over-height vehicle access to the eastern entrance of the Lloyd Street Business Estate is maintained via a dedicated lane within the Childers Street worksite. However, there will be limited times when construction activities within the site mean that it is not possible for any vehicles to safely pass through the construction site. During these times the temporary detour route will be used.

For more information, see the October construction update (PDF, 270.8 KB).

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.

Car park construction

Wednesday 14 November to late 2018

Construction of a long term, temporary off-set car park ahead of the closure of public parking on Childers Street.

This includes:

  • Removal of soil and concrete materials
  • A water cart on site to mitigate dust
  • 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).

October to April

Lloyd Street

24/7 works - tunnel cross passage ground improvement works on Lloyd Street.

For more information, see the October construction update (PDF, 1.9 MB).

November

Childers Street

Tree removal

Removal of seven trees and callistemon hedge to facilitate construction of the western tunnel entrance.

  • Closure of the shared-user path on Childers Street during removal of the callistemon hedge. Pedestrian detours will be in place – please refer to signage in the area.
  • The hedge will be inspected for the presence of wildlife prior to any works
  • These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise
  • Up to five on-street parking bays along Childers Street will be progressively occupied
  • Prior to its removal, the community is welcome to take parts of the hedge at their own discretion

Service investigations

There will be periods of medium level noise during these works

These works need to occur out of hours to avoid critical works during other times at the same location.

For more information, see the October construction update (PDF, 270.8 KB).

Bored piling works

Monday 12 to Wednesday 14 November

Removing the top layer of concrete from the bored piles adjacent to the rail corridor to complete stage one of piling works for the tunnel boring machine retrieval shaft.

This includes:

  • Using jackhammers to break back the top of the pile
  • High levels of noise during pile break back activities

If these dates change, directly impacted residents will receive additional notification

Site preparation and establishment

Ongoing until early 2019

Site establishment and preparation activities ahead of major construction.

This includes:

  • Installation of temporary site fencing
  • Removal of the callistemon hedge to facilitate construction of the western tunnel entrance
  • All areas will be inspected for the presence of wildlife prior to any works
  • Low to medium levels of noise.

Gas main protection works

Monday 12 to Friday 30 November

This includes:

  • Excavation of road surface, inspection and recoating of the gas main, installation of monitoring equipment and reinstatement of the road surface
  • The detour of Childers Street and Tennyson Street (south of the truncation) residents and over-height vehicles accessing the Lloyd Street Business Estate via Kensington Road and Derby and Tennyson streets. Childers Street will be re-opened outside of work hours where possible
  • Periods of loud noise may be associated with NDD works. Other activities are expected to generate medium levels of noise.

Traffic impacts

Traffic flow will be maintained on Childers Street with short holds at various times during site and service investigations

Approximately five car parking spaces will be occupied on Childers Street.

Closure of the shared-user path on Childers Street during removal of the callistemon hedge. Pedestrian detours will be in place.

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

October - early 2019

Adjacent South Kensington station

Bored piling directly adjacent to the rail line near South Kensington station. There will be up to 50 trucks per day to support piling activities

For more information, see the October construction update (PDF, 1.9 MB).

October

Kensington Road, Altona Street, Ormond Street

Road detour route modifications.

  • Kensington Road - the speed limit will be lowered to 40km/h between Cairncross Lane and Epsom Road.
  • Altona Street - the shared-use path will be widened and small ramps installed to connect the road to the path to create better access for cyclists.
  • Ormond Street - modifications to the kerbing, footpaths and existing truncation to enable construction of the temporary roundabout.

18 September to end of October

Kensington

Piling Works to construct pile guide walls and the first stage of piling will begin 18 September.

Stage one of piling will occur directly adjacent to the rail line. At this location, a bored pile methodology will be used. Piling for the retrieval shaft will be undertaken in two stages and is expected to be completed in early 2019.

A crane will be delivered to site between 2am and 5am on Friday 14 September to help unload the piling rig when it arrives. On Tuesday 18 September, again between 2am and 5am, an oversize truck will deliver the piling rig to site.

These deliveries will create a low level of noise. Due to the size of the machinery, these deliveries can only be undertaken at night outside of peak hour. Traffic management will be in place on Childers Street and there may be short holds of up to 30 minutes to safely move the crane onto site and to unload the rig.

Piling will involve:

  • Drilling 22 metre-deep holes into the ground using a drill rig
  • Filling each hole with a reinforcement cage and concrete
  • Using jackhammers to break back the top of the pile once the concrete is set
  • Constructing a concrete pile cap that links the installed piles
  • Up to 50 trucks per day to support piling activities
  • Intermittent periods of loud noise will be associated with pile break back activities. Other activities are expected to generate periods of low to medium level noise and some vibration.

For more information, see the September Construction Update (PDF, 2.6 MB).

From September

Lloyd Street

We are building three cross passages in Kensington. Cross passages are short tunnels that connect parallel tunnels. On the Metro Tunnel, they will be located at regular distances to allow access from one tunnel to another in the event of an emergency.

The first of these is beneath Lloyd Street (between Bakehouse Road and Radcliffe Street), outside the eastern entrance to the Lloyd Street Business Estate.

Another two cross passages will be constructed beneath Bakehouse Road and McLennan Drive within the Lloyd Street Business Estate. Due to the ground conditions in these areas, ground improvement works are required before tunnelling and cross passage construction.

Before the cross passages can be built, we need to strengthen the ground to ensure the structural integrity of the cross passages. This is achieved by injecting grout into the ground from the surface above the site.

We need to realign a section of Lloyd Street before we can commence ground improvement works to ensure we are able to maintain traffic flow in both directions during the works.

These works will involve:

  • Temporarily realigning Lloyd Street to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction
  • Non-destructive digging (NDD) to locate underground utilities
  • Using a drill rig to pump grout into the ground to strengthen existing conditions.

What to be aware of

  • During realignment works, Lloyd Street will be closed between Arden and Radcliffe streets. Access to the Lloyd Street Business Estate will be maintained via Childers Street
  • Ground improvement works will be undertaken 24/7 to minimise impacts to Lloyd Street as much as possible
  • The speed limit on Lloyd and Radcliffe streets near the works area will be reduced to 30 km/h
  • One traffic lane in each direction will be maintained and on-street parking will not be impacted
  • This work will not impact on-street parking on Lloyd Street
  • Lloyd Street will be reinstated to its original alignment at the completion of ground improvement works
  • There will be periods of medium to loud noise generated by NDD activities. All other activities are expected to be in the low to medium range
  • Spoil removed during drilling works will be transferred into spoil tanks before being removed from site. All spoil will be removed and disposed of in line with Environmental Protection Authority Victoria guidelines.

Additional service investigation works will occur on Friday 2 November 2018 in McLennan Drive.

This involves using non-destructive digging (NDD) to confirm the location of the high-pressure gas main and any other underground utilities.

These investigations need to occur prior to cross passage ground improvement works next year. Works will be undertaken between the hours of 7am – 6pm and are expected to generate periods of loud noise. A 30-metre-long section of the road will be occupied along the southern edge of McLennan Drive. Traffic flow will be maintained in both directions at all times. On-street parking at this location will be unavailable while works are underway.

For more information, see the September Construction Update (PDF, 2.6 MB).

Following the completion of road realignment works, ground improvement works on Lloyd Street will commence in mid-September and will take approximately four months to complete.

For more information, see temporary road realignment Lloyd Street (PDF, 713.8 KB).

From August

Kensington

From 1 August, a 160 metre-long section of Childers Street between the Bill Vanina Pavilion and Ormond Street will be closed to through traffic to enable stage one of construction.

Kensington traffic and transport changes at a glance:

  • Childers Street closed for up to four years
  • Pedestrian and cyclist detours in place
  • No public parking on Childers Street
  • Long-term temporary parking provided at corner of Kensington and Hobsons roads
  • Access maintained through construction site for residents on Childers Street and Tennyson Street (south of the truncation)
  • Access maintained through construction site for over-height vehicles accessing the Lloyd Street Business Estate
  • Temporary detour route along Derby and Tennyson streets for business estate over-height vehicles and residents of Childers and Tennyson Street during limited periods
  • Construction traffic will enter and exit the Childers Street site from Kensington Road.

For more information, see the Traffic and transport changes page or the Kensington transport changes update (PDF, 992.9 KB).

From August

Kensington

While Childers Street is closed to through traffic, cyclists will be detoured through Altona Street. During limited periods, a detour via Derby and Tennyson Streets will be used for over-height vehicles.

Works are required to prepare these detour routes for use on

  • Kensington Road
  • Altona Street
  • Tennyson Street
  • Derby Street
  • Ormond Street

For details, see the Construction plans page or the August Construction Update (PDF, 1.4 MB).

30 July to late September

Footscray Road, West Melbourne

The northwest corner of the site at 542 Footscray Road (the former Melbourne Market site) will be used to store and assemble equipment and materials that will be used to support construction of the Metro Tunnel.

Works to prepare the site and construct new storage facilities will commence in late July 2018.

Upcoming works will involve:

  • Undertaking site investigations, including geotechnical drilling and soil sampling to understand ground conditions
  • Demolishing a number of buildings on the site
  • Modifications to buildings that are being retained within the site.
  • Installing perimeter fencing and gates
  • Installing signage and line marking throughout the site
  • Minor earthworks and asphalting
  • Removing overhead gantries at the site entrance
  • Connecting the site to new power and water sources.

There will be periods of loud noise associated with demolition and asphalting works. Other works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise.

The service lane adjacent to the site will be closed, and right turns from Footscray Road into the site will be prohibited, for two days during overhead gantry removal. Other site entry points will not be impacted by these works.

For more information see the West Melbourne work notification (PDF, 652.5 KB).

DateNotice
03 Dec 2018 Construction Update December and January in Kensington (PDF, 1.9 MB)
02 Nov 2018 Kensington construction update, November 2018 (PDF, 1.9 MB)
29 Oct 2018 Soil management in Kensington fact sheet (PDF, 2.5 MB)
25 Oct 2018 Kensington late October Construction Update (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)
29 Aug 2018 Lloyd St temporary realignment (PDF, 713.8 KB)
22 Aug 2018 Hobsons Road site clearing (PDF, 290.4 KB)
18 Aug 2018 Kensington construction update, 20-31 August 2018 (PDF, 183.9 KB)
30 Jul 2018 Kensington construction update, August 2018 (PDF, 1.4 MB)
18 Jul 2018 Demolition and site establishment, West Melbourne, 30 July-Late October 2018 (PDF, 652.5 KB)
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 Construction update, Kensington, July 2018 (PDF, 1.5 MB)
31 May 2018 Kensington construction, June 2018 (PDF, 1.7 MB)
02 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)
20 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)