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Construction in North Melbourne

The new North Melbourne Station will trigger a transformation of an industrial precinct to a thriving commercial and residential community located just minutes from the CBD.

Current work notifications

Start dateWhere What is happening?


Arden precinct

Construction of the station box are ongoing until late 2018. This includes piling activities, building diaphragm walls (D-walls), site facilities, hoarding, earthworks, site investigations, and installation of hoardings.

Impacts to be aware of:

  • Low - medium levels of noise.
  • Up to 70 trucks required to remove the soil from station box excavation, up to 50 trucks per day are required to deliver concrete and equipment, and remove spoil associated with piling and D-wall construction.
  • Hoarding modification, Telstra investigations and drain clearing works works may involve temporary pedestrian and cyclist detours.
  • Construction vehicles and trucks will access the site via Laurens and Arden streets.

For more information, see the North Melbourne July update (PDF, 882.5 KB).

To 23 July

Laurens Street

Works to disconnect existing sewer and water mains from 7am - 6pm, weekdays and 7am - 1pm, Saturdays and are continuing.

These works will take place within the eastbound and westbound lanes on Laurens Street, and the western footpath. Traffic management will be in place to direct traffic through the work site and to ensure the safety of cyclists and pedestrians.

Twelve parking spaces will be occupied along Laurens Street during this period, and access to private properties and businesses will be maintained at all times.

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).

Ongoing from 23 April

Arden work site

Works to remove some remaining pile foundations at the far western end of the Arden Station (to be renamed North Melbourne) construction site will commence.

This activity will involve removing piles using a piling rig, creter crane, excavator and drum roller. Concrete grinding will occur during the pile removal process which is expected to generate intermittent periods of high level noise while some vibration might be experienced when the drum roller is in use.

These works will be undertaken from 7am to 6pm on weekdays and 7am to 5pm on Saturdays.

Overview of works in North Melbourne

From 2017 works in North Melbourne have included service relocation, tree and vegetation removal and demolition of existing buildings within Government-owned land.

Beginning March 2018, Cross Yarra Partnership will commence site establishment and preparation activities, including the installation of site offices and facilities, piling and preparation for excavation of the station box.

Read more:

About the new North Melbourne station

The new underground station will be located near the corner of Arden Street and Laurens Street. It will be located within walking distance of the North Melbourne Recreation Centre and Arden Street Oval as well as the 57 tram and several bus routes. Read more about North Melbourne Station.

The existing North Melbourne Station will be renamed West Melbourne to better reflect its location.

The new North Melbourne Station will be built via a 'cut and cover' method, with the station box excavated from the bottom up and a roof slab placed over the top of the site. Underground construction activities will take place 24/7 once the roof slab has been installed. Read more about building North Melbourne Station.

North Melbourne Station will support the expansion of the central city and provide a focus for the development of a new commercial, residential and activity centre. Visit the Renewing Arden Macaulay website (external website).

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