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Grimshaw set to create waves in Melbourne rail station redesign

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Grimshaw has unveiled the latest images of its new Southern Cross railway station in Melbourne, Australia.

The £156 million project - which has now started on site - will completely overhaul the existing Spencer Street station, aiming to create 'a new landmark for the city'.

The project, drawn up in association with local office Daryl Jackson Architects, will upgrade the existing facilities, incorporate a new coach and bus terminal and taxi rank, and provide retail and office space on the 10.2ha site.

The principal features of the new terminal are the Grand Arrivals Hall and a single 'wave' roof structure. Designed to let in maximum light, the transparent domed enclosure makes the entire interchange visible from every entrance. Described by Grimshaw as the 'focal point of the entire project', the roof has been developed to work in conjunction with the external weather conditions, taking advantage of prevailing wind directions to ensure that ventilation is consistent throughout the year.

From the outside, the curved roof design also aims to complement the architectural styles of buildings in the surrounding area, providing a 'visual bridge between the existing city centre and the new Dockland developments'.

Other improvements include new air conditioning, seating, escalators, ticket barriers, passenger lounges, baggage check-in areas and waiting areas.

The city council has set the beginning of the 2006 Commonwealth Games, which are being held in Melbourne, as the deadline for construction completion.

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