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Parkville precinct work notifications

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Work is now underway in the Parkville Precinct to support construction of a new underground station.

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.

For works around the northern end of Swanston Street, see the State Library precinct page.

Construction snapshot for April-May 2021

Construction is continuing within the Parkville Precinct during April and May 2021 and will include:

  • Station construction, including excavation and permanent structure works at the Grattan Street east site
  • Construction of the western tunnel ventilation shaft (TVS) and chiller plant
  • Eastern tunnel ventilation shaft (TVS) and goods lift works
  • Grattan Street west station entrance construction, including piling and associated activities
  • Tunnel cross passage construction

Some works outlined in this construction update extend beyond May 2021 to provide a longer term lookahead.

Work details

Type, location and timingDetailsHours

Station construction activities

Grattan Street east including Royal Parade entrance

Ongoing

  • Construction of architectural elements, internal walls, columns and station levels
  • Installation of services and facilities
  • Roof slab construction will involve the removal of the temporary deck, strut removal (where applicable) and backfilling for site access
  • Works will include steel fixing, installation of formwork, concrete pours, steel structure erection and daily deliveries of plant and material
  • Intermittent sections of piles are required to be removed to facilitate the connection of station areas into the station box
  • Concrete pours may be undertaken 24 hours a day, Monday to Saturday. This includes the arrival of concrete trucks to site
  • These works are expected to generate low to medium levels of noise, depending on the activity.

24 hour works

Excavation and associated works

Northeast emergency exit

Ongoing

  • Excavation, strut installation and associated activities in the northeast emergency exit area are ongoing
  • These works are expected to generate intermittent periods of medium to high level noise, depending on the activity.

Normal construction hours

Eastern tunnel ventilation shaft (TVS) and goods lift construction

Grattan Street east

Ongoing

  • Construction activities will include service relocations, excavation, and structure works involving steel fixing, installation of formwork and pouring concrete
  • There will be changes to the southern site boundary and fencing to enable excavation of the eastern TVS. Localised pedestrian diversions will be in place while boundary modifications take place
  • Access to the University Square car park lifts, entrances and emergency exits will be maintained at all times
  • These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise, depending on the activity.
  • For further details, see the Parkville, goods lift and tunnel ventilation shaft works notification, January 2021 to 2022 (PDF, 251.6 KB)

Normal construction hours

Western TVS and chiller plant construction

Grattan Street east

From April 2021

  • Works in the University Square Car Park will require the occupation of parking spaces
  • Site establishment works involving site boundary changes and installation of hoarding and fencing in the northwest area of University Square and within University Square Car Park
  • The existing Barry Street pedestrian crossing will close, and a new pedestrian crossing will be constructed around 50 metres south
  • Relocation of site facilities within the Barry Street site
  • Preparatory works to enable construction including piling pad installation, saw cutting and non-destructive digging
  • Construction activities will include piling, excavation, and structure works involving steel fixing, installation of formwork and concrete pours
  • Access to the University Square car park lifts, entrances and emergency exits will be maintained at all times
  • Some works within the University Square Car Park will be completed at night to minimise impact to car park users
  • These works are expected to generate medium to high levels of noise, depending on the activity
  • For further details, see the Tunnel ventilation shaft and chiller plant construction

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Site operation activities

Grattan Street east and City Ford

Ongoing

  • Gantry cranes will be used to deliver and remove material, plant and equipment to and from the station box
  • During operation, the gantry cranes will move along the site on rails at a speed of around 1.8 km/h and make a noise similar to the reversing squawkers on trucks for safety reasons
  • Trucks may use the Royal Parade, Berkeley and Barry streets, and eastern entrances to enter and exit the site depending on the work activity
  • At times, trucks will need to reverse into and within the site. All trucks will be fitted with broadband reversing squawkers
  • Ongoing deliveries of plant and material
  • Some equipment will be delivered out of hours to comply with VicRoads requirements for oversize vehicles

24 hour works

Station entrance construction

Grattan Street west (between Royal Parade and Flemington Road)

Ongoing until late 2022

  • Works to construct the northern station entrance, adjacent to The Royal Melbourne Hospital, will involve site establishment activities including setting up hoarding around the new site perimeter and traffic changes
  • Piling and associated works will commence in April 2021. Piling will be completed at night time and is expected to take around two months to complete
  • Following completion of piling, final site establishment works and excavation will commence
  • Two work sites will remain adjacent to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre to facilitate ongoing construction of the southern station entrance
  • To facilitate works, there will be localised changes to how vehicles and pedestrians move around Grattan Street west and Elizabeth Street/ Royal Parade. Signage and traffic controllers will be in place
  • Access for emergency services, hospitals and businesses, including to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre loading bays and pick up/drop off on Elizabeth Street, will be maintained.

24 hour works

Cross passage construction

North Melbourne to Melbourne CBD

Until late May

  • Works to construct tunnel cross passages between completed sections of tunnel are ongoing
  • This involves installing waterproofing membrane and lining the cross passage tunnels using steel reinforcement and concrete
  • All works will be completed underground from within the completed section of tunnels and are expected to be inaudible at surface level
  • Further information about cross passages can be found at metrotunnel.vic.gov.au.

24 hour works

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 impact

See our disruption section for transport changes in Parkville.

Works area map

Parkville Station site map, showing Grattan Street sites, City Ford site, Barry St site and service relocations

Indicative only

Works look ahead

Parkville construction look ahead for 2020

Download our notifications

DateNotice
12 Apr 2021 Parkville monthly construction update April to May 2021 (PDF, 1.8 MB)
29 Mar 2021 Parkville, Tunnel ventilation shaft and chiller plant construction works notification, April 2021 (PDF, 322.1 KB)
01 Mar 2021 Parkville, Grattan Street west station entrance construction work notification, March 2021 to late 2022 (PDF, 356.6 KB)
13 Feb 2021 Parkville Monthly Construction Update February (PDF, 1.1 MB)
25 Jan 2021 Parkville, station entrance construction preparatory works notification, February to March 2021 (PDF, 312.8 KB)
19 Jan 2021 Parkville, goods lift and tunnel ventilation shaft works notification, January 2021 to 2022 (PDF, 251.6 KB)
19 Jan 2021 Parkville, service works notification, January 2021 (PDF, 308.1 KB)
07 Dec 2020 Parkville construction update, December 2020 to January 2021 (PDF, 1.3 MB)
28 Oct 2020 Parkville, Elizabeth Street:Royal Parade service lane closure, November to December 2020 (PDF, 890.7 KB)
13 Oct 2020 Parkville construction update, October to November 2020.pdf (PDF, 1.2 MB)
31 Aug 2020 Parkville, tunnelling support works notification, September to November 2020 (PDF, 235.5 KB)
06 Aug 2020 Parkville construction update, August to September 2020 (PDF, 662.5 KB)
29 Jul 2020 Parkville, ground investigations works notification, August 2020 (PDF, 425.0 KB)
11 Jun 2020 Parkville construction update, June to July 2020 (PDF, 802.0 KB)
27 May 2020 Parkville, Grattan Street West station entrance construction notification, May 2020 (PDF, 627.9 KB)
03 Apr 2020 Parkville construction update, April to May 2020 (PDF, 611.5 KB)
05 Feb 2020 Parkville construction update February to March 2020 (PDF, 1.2 MB)
04 Feb 2020 Parkville Grattan Street west service relocations, February 2020 (PDF, 1.6 MB)
06 Dec 2019 Parkville construction update, December 2019 to January 2020 (PDF, 1003.7 KB)
04 Oct 2019 Parkville construction update, October to November 2019 (PDF, 863.2 KB)
02 Aug 2019 Parkville construction update, August to September 2019 (PDF, 3.8 MB)
31 May 2019 Parkville construction update, June to July 2019 (PDF, 982.9 KB)
04 Apr 2019 Parkville construction update, April to May 2019 (PDF, 898.3 KB)
15 Jan 2019 Parkville construction update, January 2019 (PDF, 573.8 KB)
14 Dec 2018 Parkville construction update, December to January 2019 (PDF, 638.6 KB)
13 Nov 2018 Parkville construction update, November 2018 (PDF, 994.2 KB)
08 Jun 2018 Parkville construction update June and July, June 2018 (PDF, 1.2 MB)