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.
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.’