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Designs of Melbourne’s Metro Tunnel stations unveiled

The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority has unveiled designs of five new underground train stations, designed by Grimshaw Architects, for the city’s proposed Metro Tunnel.

The stations will be built at various depths underground ranging from 15 metres at Domain, in the city’s east to 39 metres and CBD North.

The new Domain Station will be built below St Kilda Road and will include three entrances: one in the Shrine of Remembrance Reserve, one at the relocated Domain tram interchange, and another in the open space where the South African Soldiers Memorial is currently located

The proposed entrance to Arden Station will be on Laurens Street with provision for a second entrance south of Arden Street.

Parkville Station will have two connections at Melbourne University, and a third serving the hospital precinct at the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre.

CBD South Station will include entrances in City Square, Federation Square and Flinders Lane, and a direct underground connection to Flinders Street Station. CBD North will connect directly to Melbourne Central, and have two proposed entrances on the corners of Franklin and La Trobe Streets.

Grimshaw Architects has designed a number of other significant Melbourne railway stations including Southern Cross and Nunawading stations. The practice, in collaboration with John Wardle Architects, was also shortlisted in the Flinders Street Station Design Competition in 2012.

The technical, planning and engagement advisor working with Grimshaw on the Metro Tunnel is the Aurecon Jacobs Mott MacDonald Joint Venture.

Early construction is expected to start in 2017 with major works on the tunnels and stations going underway by early 2018. The Metro Tunnel is expected to be operational by 2026.

The designs of the new stations are on public exhibition from 25 May to 6 July and public submissions are invited during this time.

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