The shed’s gone – now what??

Just a reminder that there is still quite a noisy period ahead for us all. The city end will be noisy in the next 6 months and our end will be noisy late this year and early next year.

More details were in this blog entry

I thought that this plan was also worth re-posting. It is the ‘almost final’ plan, the final one will be published soon but I don’t expect much to change.

This shows the final alignment of the tram tracks – they will be moved to this position in November. That will be a very noisy night works period.

Some things to note in the plan above

  • Opposite us the tram tracks will be together and they will split at about Bowen Lane.
  • It may be marginal and it may be because of our chiller plant/vents, but the tram tracks are slightly on the Melbourne Grammar side of the road.
  • You can see the ‘oculus’. It will let a lot of light into the lower areas. At the moment it is a hole in the ground. In this end plan, one tram track goes on either side.
  • They have installed the lift shafts already in that oculus area.
  • They have installed the stairs already in that oculus area.
  • In front of us there is very little tram swerve and so hopefully little squeal.

The image above is a bit out of date and the final design will have much less timber but this is the oculus from one level down. The platforms are one further level down.

In this image you can see

  • The stairs coming down (already installed)
  • The amount of light coming in
  • One lift shaft (already installed)
  • The airbridge across (already installed)

Weekly look ahead from CYP

Good afternoon everyone,

Happy Friday to everyone – We hope you’ve had had a great week.

We are writing today with our next weekly construction lookahead.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

Work is progressing well within the tram interchange, next week the team will continue to work on the newly installed elevator shafts to prepare them for glazing treatment, as well as fitting out the newly installed stair frame.

Walking from the tram interchange into the station box, you can now start to get a sense of the final design. The team have installed the L-shaped panels that curve down from the wall of tram interchange and into the concourse roof – next week the team will continue to install the flat pre-cast concrete panels onto the ceiling of the concourse, connecting into the L-shaped panels.

As per the construction notice, steel fixing will continue in the station box 24/7. All this week the team have been doing the steel fixing inside the tram interchange, adjacent to the newly installed stair and bridge frames. As these works are out in the open, they do not continue overnight and stop at 10pm. This work will continue next week.

Acoustic shed disassembly

One of the more prominent features on the site, the acoustic shed is nearly gone, with only a few remaining sections of the frame still to come down, and the bulk of the demolished panelling now trucked off site. Tomorrow (Saturday) will see the remaining sections taken down. There may be some clean-up work and oxy-cutting of the final sections of frame after 1pm, the oxy cutting is not expected to generate significant amounts of noise.

NEW – Surface Works

While the acoustic shed coming down is something that has been greatly anticipated from a visual amenity point of view, it’s removal does signal the start of some noisy surface works in the area. Early next week road-saws and excavators with hammers will arrive on site and the team will begin breaking up the surface at the northern-most end of the site. This expected to generate periods of high noise and the works will be carried out during normal working hours.

By the end of the week we’ll also likely have some truck and trailers coming through site to remove the broken up concrete. These works will allow us to excavate down to the station roof and complete the final concreting, waterproofing and road-grade backfill to allow the construction of the final St Kilda Road alignment. 

Station box construction

Down within the station box, the precast over track exhaust (OTE) is going in at a good pace. As per previous weeks, the precast segments will be lowered into the station box until 10pm, while preparation works ahead of their installation will continue overnight. This activity is located entirely at platform level, and is unlikely to generate high noise at surface after 10pm.

There is no change to the look ahead from previous weeks – The team are working their way from south to north working on the internal walls, and permanent columns in the south box next week, as well as continuing construction of the headwall that connects the station box to the tunnels structure. With all concrete pours, they must be completed continuously, and may run over normal construction hours.

This week we’ve featured two photos from down on platform level. The first is a shot of the headwall construction, you can see the steel tying and complex concrete pour required to connect the tunnel into the station box. The second is to show the progress of the overhead track exhaust (OTE) being installed. The OTE extends at the top of the picture (you can also see the completed firewall on the right of the picture)  In another exciting milestone the first section of the precast platform section has arrived on site, and will be installed next week. The construction of the future train platform will see the station box really starting to take shape. We’ll send through some photos as it is installed.

Plunge columns will continue to be removed, as well as firewall shotcreting, heading from south to north in the station box. Works on the plunge columns will continue within the station box until 10pm, and preparation works for the firewall shotcreting will continue on night shift. These activities are unlikely to generate high noise at surface level.

As mentioned in last week’s update, the large crane on surface will be required for use up until 10pm on work nights.

REMINDER: Albert Road Traffic Impacts for Service proving works – Saturday 26 February

Last week we completed the first section of service proving on the intersection of Albert Road and Toorak Road, tomorrow we’ll be back to complete the next section of Albert Road. The works involve opening pit lids and visually inspecting services, as such they are not expected to generate noise.

Whereas last week there were delays exiting Albert Road at Kings Way – this week the entry into Albert Road from Kings Way will be closed.

Inspection works will commence at 7am, however traffic set up will begin at 6am.

We’ve included a copy of the works notification to this email for reference.

Weekly look ahead from CYP

Good afternoon everyone,

We hope you’ve been having a lovely week.

We are writing today with our next weekly construction lookahead.

Please be aware that Monday is an RDO. There may be some tunnel related works ongoing, but there will be no civil works occurring.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

Within the tram interchange entrance, the team will continue to install the flat panels that sit on the ceiling of the station entrance, just underneath the L-shaped panels.

Next week, cranes will continue to lower down steel and precast elements to being building out the tram interchange station entrance.

As per the construction notice, steel fixing will continue in the station box 24/7. The next section of steel fixing is inside the tram interchange, adjacent to the newly installed stair and bridge frames. As these works are out in the open, these steel fixing will not continue overnight and will stop at 10pm with all materials lowered into the tram interchange before 6pm. Please be aware that lighting will be set up during the works, but will be angled down and away from residents. This work will continue this coming week.

Acoustic shed disassembly

You will have seen the view across the station box has changed a lot since last week, with almost all of the shed panels now removed. Work will continue on dismantling the acoustic shed frame next week. We’ve included a picture from earlier this week during the shed demolition. This photo was taken from where the northern shed door used to be, and is facing towards the southern end of the station box.

While most of the shed disassembly and demolition will occur during normal working hours, some additional clean up works around the shed may be required to continue until 6pm on Saturdays.

Station box construction

Next week in the station box, precast over track exhaust (OTE) will continue to be lifted into the shaft in preparation for installation. While precast will only be lowered into the station box until 10pm, preparation works ahead of their installation will continue overnight. This activity is located entirely at platform level, and is unlikely to generate high noise at surface after 10pm.

Internal walls, and permanent columns will continue to be poured in the south box next week, as well as continuing construction of the headwall that connects the station box to the tunnels structure. With all concrete pours, they must be completed continuously, and may run over normal construction hours.

Plunge columns will continue to be removed, as well as firewall shotcreting, heading from south to north in the station box. Works on the plunge columns will continue within the station box until 10pm, and preparation works for the firewall shotcreting will continue on night shift. These activities are unlikely to generate high noise at surface level.

As mentioned in last week’s update, the large crane on surface will be required for use up until 10pm on work nights.

Service proving works – Saturday 19 February

Tomorrow, the first day of rescheduled service proving works will take place. The works involve opening pit lids and visually inspecting services, as such they are not expected to generate noise.

There will be some delays exiting Albert Road at Kings Way. Traffic controllers will be in place to help cars exit, however delays between 5-10 minutes are expected. Entry into Albert Road will remain open.

Inspection works will commence at 7am, however traffic set up will begin at 6am.

Service proving works will occur again on Saturday 26 February.

We’ve included a copy of the works notification to this email for reference.

Electricity works on site – Sunday 20 February

As we mentioned last week, this Sunday the team have to do some works to switch out the power supply on site. As this will require power be disconnected during the works, we are unable to do this on a normal working day. There will be a small electrical crew onsite to complete these works – most of it will be within the station box. This work is not anticipated to cause any noticeable disruption. The preparatory works for the power supply switch will be completed during normal work hours.

The storm before the lull

When they built the station walls, they had to build the wall sections high and strong enough to support the roof until they had all the infrastructure below to support it.

This photo was taken when they were adding the roof. It shows the wall section (in red near the right) that was necessary but is now redundant. In fact it has to go to allow the road and services to fit.

That redundant D Wall section goes around the whole station box and it will be noisy and dusty as it is removed.

It will be done in stages starting this month. Some stages at our end and directly in front of us cannot be done until the tram and road is moved to its final alignment. This means late this year and early next year.

Here is the schedule. It will NOT be continuous

Here are the noise levels expected

The full CRG pack is here – quite a lot more in it.

It is also worth noting that when they do the final road surface, they will be using vibrating rollers – they caused us a lot of grief last time.

More on last night’s incident

Police are investigating a suspected road rage incident in Melbourne’s CBD on Sunday, 13 February.
It’s understood four people were riding electric scooters along St Kilda Road when they had a verbal exchange with an unknown female pedestrian about 10.40pm.
The woman was picked up by a yellow Ford and the unknown driver began chasing after the four scooter riders.
No one was injured during the incident.
Police attended and attempted to speak with the four riders but they refused to provide statements.
One rider, 30-year-old Melbourne man, later came forward to police and assisted with their enquiries.
Police are working to identify the driver of the yellow Ford, who remains outstanding at this stage.
Police are also investigating traffic offences committed by the persons riding electric scooters in a 60km zone.
The investigation remains ongoing.