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Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to design Melbourne Metro stations

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The AJ understands Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners has landed the prize job to design five new underground stations as part of the AUS$6 billion (£3.56 billion) Melbourne Metro Tunnel project

According to sources, the practice is part of the Lendlease-led Cross Yarra Partnership, which was named as the preferred bidder for the scheme – billed as ’one of the biggest public transport projects in Victoria’s history’ – in July.

The cross-city project is backed by the Melbourne Metro Rail Authority, which has retained Grimshaw as its client-side architect.

The AJ100 practice drew up the original ‘reference design’ for the five stations (Arden, Parkville, CBD North and South, and Domain).

Grimshaw describes the proposed 9km twin-tunnel Metro link as a ‘critical city-shaping project that allows for the expansion of Melbourne’s rail network and increased services to the city’s growth areas in the north, west and south-east.’

A statement on Grimshaw’s website reads: ’Each station is uniquely designed to contribute to the specifics of their cultural and physical environments while sitting clearly within an identifiable line-wide design. With the commuter’s journey and precinct integration treated as key to the success of the project, the elegant line-wide and precinct architecture will trigger the transformation of Melbourne’s rail system into a contemporary metro network.’

Lendlease, which is working with John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital, refused to confirm Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ appointment.

However, a Lendlease spokesperson said: ’The state government’s investment in the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project will transform the city by improving connectivity across Melbourne and acting as a catalyst for urban renewal.

’We look forward to working with the state, our partners, the community and other stakeholders to deliver a world class public transport solution with innovative design and opportunities for local employment and procurement.’

Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners declined to comment.

Postscript 18.10.17

A spokesperson for the Cross Yarra Partnership said: ’[We] have engaged Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners to join existing joint venture partners HASSELL and Weston Williamson, to assist in development of the architectural design for Australia’s largest city-making project, the Metro Tunnel.’

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  • So this isn't a big enough story without RSH+P involvement, even though everyone involved seems to be unavailable for comment except a "source". Who are these so called Grimshaw people? Any relation to the Radio One haircut called Nick?

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