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Major design contest announced for Melbourne landmark

Flinders Street Station at the intersection of Flinders Street and Swanston Streets, 1927
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Architects from around the world will be sought for a competition to redesign Melbourne’s famous Flinders Street Station.

The Victoria state government has revealed an A$1m prize (£650,000) for the winning design for the overhaul of the 100-year-old commuter terminus.

Minister for major projects Denis Napthine said: ‘Flinders Street Station is not only a Victorian icon and an important part of our history and culture, it is also one of the busiest commuter stations in the world.

‘This is why the coalition government wants to attract the best and brightest from Victoria and around the globe to submit their ideas for this exciting design competition.’

Key challenges include addressing:

·        An expected doubling of transport use over the next decade
·        The need to accommodate a new underground metro rail line planned for central Melbourne
·        Poor integration with surrounding precincts such as Federation Square and the south bank of the Yarra River;
·        The urgent need to restore areas of the heritage-listed building, including the grand ballroom
·        The under-utilisation of the western end of the site and potential for new buildings and spaces.

A statement of objectives for the competition, which will open in mid-2012, can be read here.

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