CYP weekly update

This came through yesterday – a noisy week ahead

Good morning everyone,

Apologies for the late weekly look ahead

We hope everyone has had a great week and you had a chance to enjoy some of the sunshine today.

Below is a wrap-up of construction activities happening on-site next week.

Surface Works

The big change out on site is the newly minted section of road across the site at the southern end. We’ve included a photo of the new road in action. After a false start on Tuesday, we managed to get the works complete on Wednesday and Thursday night and the road was opened in the early hours today.  The only final piece of work that will be required is to place some concrete barriers that didn’t make it last night and investigate a fix on what appears to be a loose pit lid. We’ll be doing this next and we estimate it should only take from around 9pm to  11pm to complete. The St Kilda Road southbound lane closure will be back in effect. Once the evening is confirmed I’ll send out a separate note.

With this new section of road now in place, we’ll start breaking out the old redundant road lane to expose the D-wall that sits underneath. This will effectively kick off the same construction sequence that has been happening over the past few months:

  1. Excavation down to the roof level
  2. Sucker trucks arrive to clean out the delayed pour strip section
  3. Concrete pour to this strip to tie the station roof into the walls
  4. Breaking down the excess d-wall
  5. Waterproofing
  6. Backfilling

The section of the D-wall in the middle of site was removed this week – we used a wire saw on this section as we had access to both sides of the wall. This significantly sped up the process when it came time to break out this section of the wall and reduced the extent of disruption. In this middle section it leaves us just one small section that currently sits underneath the access road across the site.

Moving entirely up the other end of the site to the north, you may have noticed that our the site sheds on St Kilda Road adjacent to the shrine grounds have now gone.  The team in this area are starting the work to prepare this road to come back into commission and act as the new southbound lane, which will continue through the existing site along the edge of Melbourne Grammar School.

The purpose of the road lane shuffling is to give the team access to get started on surface works prepare for the construction of the future tram alignment within the site boundary.

Next week will also see the start of works on Park Street to connect the new high voltage cable underneath St Kilda Road. You can see the setup on the map. It will require a bit of a pedestrian detour down Park Street while we have a pit opened up across the road. These works were going to start on Monday, but CitiPower have advised today that they’ll likely kick off the road closure on Wednesday.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

The newest addition to the quickly evolving  canopy structure is the skylights, the aim this week is to get 4 of the 14 skylights completed. Next week will also see the addition of the roof cladding panels, these will cover up the drainage trays and wet fire services that have been installed over the past few weeks. As we mentioned last week, the kiosk is now really starting to take shape and we’re almost ready for the roof installation to take place. Friday afternoon the team were putting up scaffolding around the kiosk to provide worker access.

Station box construction

Down on the platform and concourse levels of the station it is largely business as usual. Down at the platform level the first ‘topping slabs’ have been poured on the platforms. The topping slabs are poured in sections on top of the installed pre-cast sections and like the precast segments themselves, the pours progressively move from south to north as the platform moves forward.  Up on the concourse level the last of the ventilation fans have been installed at the southern end of the station, this area is really starting to resemble its final configuration. The same ventilation setup will be installed in the northern section, and it is also starting to take shape as all the northern back-of-house rooms continue to get built up.

Thanks, Rob and Christian

CYP weekly update

Good evening all,

We hope everyone has had a great week.

Below is a wrap-up of construction activities happening on-site next week, noting that there will be some nightworks on Tuesday and Wednesday undertaking road resurfacing and realigning the southbound lane of St Kilda Road. Works will begin on Tuesday 26 July, with Monday being an RDO.

Surface Works

Over the past two weeks, the team have been preparing a new section of road within our site. This is to prepare for next week’s new alignment of the southbound lane on St Kilda Road. This weekend, works will continue finishing road surfaces within site, applying granular layers and asphalt with a vibratory roller. Some of these road works within site may continue this Saturday to 4pm in order to get ready for the road switch mid-week.

On Tuesday 26 August and Wednesday 27 August, between 8pm-5am, overnight works will complete the tie in points of this section with St Kilda Road. Overnight works will include moving concrete barriers and applying asphalt at the tie in points on Tuesday night. Finishing works including line marking will recommence on Wednesday night the new alignment of the southbound lane in place from 5am Thursday morning.

Traffic management will begin setting up on Tuesday and Wednesday at 8pm with southbound lane road detours in place by 9pm. Wednesday traffic will run on the current alignment. The attached notification for these works indicates the southbound lane detour via Kings Way that will be in place during these overnight works.

Other surface works to be undertaken over the next week include demolition of the D-wall north of this area. The team will be trialling the use of a wire saw to cut sections of D-wall where there are no services behind the wall. This will reduce the amount of jackhammering required.

East of the oculus we will be waterproofing and backfilling down the centre of site.  Excavating, backfilling and waterproofing will also continue in the north-west section of site.

You will have noticed that site sheds have been removed over the past week in the northern end of site where drainage and road works will begin to prepare for another realignment of St Kilda Road’s southbound lane in September. Some minor pedestrian detours may be in place over the next two months where these sheds have been removed with further information to be provided as these works progress.

Sunday Works

CitiPower have advised us that they will be carrying out works this Sunday on the high voltage connection points at the pedestrian crossing at Domain Road. CitiPower operate under a separate permit to the Metro Tunnel works and as a result are subject to different standard working hours (as is the case with all utility companies)  Citipower will be undertaking works within the Domain precinct at the Shrine of Remembrance, Domain Road and Park Street and will also provide separate notification of their works occurring over the next month.

We’ll keep everyone updated on works outside the normal construction hours as we are informed of their works.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

On the platform station canopy, skylights will be installed over the next two weeks, beginning next Tuesday. The team will use basic hand tools and a scissor lift to install and, with some potential wet weather in line for next week, may include some out of hours works until 6pm weekdays and Saturday until 5pm. This work is not expected to generate a lot of noise.

Installation of wet fire services continues with installation of the fascia around the canopy starting next week. The Tram Interchange platform kiosk takes further shape with two external façade panels and roofing being installed next week to reveal the full footprint of the kiosk.

Station box construction

Within the lower levels of the station box the B1 level fit out and room build is on-going with the roughing in of services. The substation for the northern HV rooms will be arriving in the next 2 weeks which will be lowered in through the void from surface level. In surrounding service and operational rooms, more doors and finishing surfaces will be installed with layers of sealant and paint applied to these areas.

Down on B2 the core stairs have been installed with more insulation, cladding and ducting being installed in the southern end around attenuators over the coming week.

Monday 25/07Tuesday 26/07Wednesday 27/07Thursday 28/07Friday 29/07Saturday 30/07
RDOStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  WaterproofingStage 3 – Kiosk roof slab forming, D-wall wire saw demolitionStage 4 – Road asphalting (DAY + NIGHT)Stage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  WaterproofingStage 3 – Kiosk roof slab forming, D-wall wire saw demolitionStage 4 – Road linemarking & barrier works (DAY + NIGHT)Stage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  WaterproofingStage 3 – Kiosk roof slab forming, D-wall wire saw demolitionStage 4 – Road Open (DAY + NIGHT), Surface demolition and excavationStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  WaterproofingStage 3 – Kiosk roof slab forming, D-wall wire saw demolitionStage 4 – Surface demolition and excavationStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  WaterproofingStage 3 – Kiosk roof slab forming, D-wall wire saw demolitionStage 4 – Surface demolition and excavation

Thanks, Rob and Christian

That very attractive “kiosk”

A number of you have asked about this new building that has appeared in the middle of the road.

It is a kiosk (city end) plus two toilets for Yarra Tram drivers. It will get a roof and then cladding on the outside. It will be the southern end of the tram platform and will therefore be surrounded by the actual platform.

Before long you won’t end notice it 😉

CYP Weekly update

Good afternoon all,

We hope everyone has had a great week – and on behalf of the French contingent working on the project – happy Bastille Day for yesterday!

Below is a snapshot of the works coming up on site next week, there are quite a few things going on next week.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

As we mentioned last week, the installation of the wet fire services began this week and there are now lengths of metal piping running along the top to support the fire systems for the new station canopy. Preparations for the skylights have begun and we’ll likely see some installation works commence next week. On Saturday the team will be working a little longer on the canopy – but all works will be wrapped up before 3pm and is not expected to generate a lot of noise.

Normally we include the kiosk construction in the surface works component, but as the kiosk progresses it will form part of the final tram platform structure, so we’ve moved it to the tram interchange section. The pre-cast panels that form part of the kiosk have been in place for some time, and recently the team installed conduits and then completed a series of concrete pours around the base. Monday next week will see the arrival of additional sections of precast for installation – and the shape of the kiosk structure will start to become evident.

While we the canopy construction at Anzac Station progressing every day, it has gathered a lot of interest as it starts to take shape on St Kilda Road. On Wednesday, Channel 9 came out for an exclusive look at the structure and it featured on the evening news bulletin that night.

Station box construction

Down at the northern end of the concourse, it continues to be a hive of activity with the myriad of back of house rooms coming together with block work, roughing in of services and in some areas the start of first coats of sealant and paint. At the southern end works are far more progressed as the back of house area here sees some floors getting their first epoxy coating and the rough in of the lighting in others.

If you walked down to the platform level you can now stand on the future train platform, as the pre-cast sections of concrete continue to be installed from south to north. We’ve included a photo this week standing on top of the platform. A few things to note in the picture – If you look at the nearest pillar, you can see a groove at the bottom – this is final level that the topping slab of concrete and tiling for the finished station platform will come up to. Also in the top right of the photo you can see some steel structures hanging from the ceiling, these are the structures that will support the future platform screen doors.

Surface Works

You may have noticed in the most recent construction notification, there is a new section of road shown in the precinct map (we’ve included this same map in this week’s update) This is the road that we’re constructing right now in the southern section of site

The southern-most exposed section of the roof slab has now been waterproofed and the first layer of backfill applied. Next week this section will begin to actually resemble a road, with additional backfill and pavement works commencing.

Later this month we’ll be switching south bound traffic onto this section. We will have some night works to complete as we do the last bits of asphalting to tie this road into the existing lane – we’ll send around a separate construction notice when we’ve confirmed dates (and as always, we’ll keep you updated via this email)

Moving closer to the station canopy in section 2, we’ve just this week broken down the last of the D-wall closest to Melbourne Grammar School, next week we’ll start clean out this area and later in the week commence backfill closest to the wall.

While up in the northern end of the site, the high voltage (HV) works are continuing, which involve trenching and laying of conduit.

As I mentioned last week, CitiPower will be coming to site to do some of the works to tie their assets back into their network. These works are done under CitiPower’s own works permit – so they are carried out separately and notified separately – I’ve included a copy of their notification to this email.  We’re obviously working closely with them on these works. You’ll see in their notice that there are works on the Shrine side near the pedestrian crossing at Park Street.  There may be some pedestrian delays as they work in this area, but generally pedestrians will be able to get around their works. They’re also working at the pedestrian crossing over near Domain Road – we’re not expecting any pedestrian impacts here.

The works on Park Street have been pushed back until the 1st week of August. We’re expecting that these may be a little more disruptive, with the left turn from St Kilda Road into Park Street closed – and a pedestrian detour required during excavation. We’ll have some more detailed information about these works in next week’s update – and we’ll be sending out a specific construction notification to go with it.

One of the more prominent changes to site next week will be the removal of the site sheds nearest to the St Kilda Road tram stop at Park Street. Next week we’ll start removing these in preparation for some road works through this area, in some areas we’ll need to drop in concrete jersey barriers to fence off the site.

Monday 18/07Tuesday 19/07Wednesday 20/07Thursday 21/07Friday 22/07Saturday 23/07
Stage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP works, Excavation & waterproofingStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Precast ErectionStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement worksStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP works, Excavation & waterproofingStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Precast ErectionStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement worksStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP works, Excavation & waterproofingStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Roof Slab FRP worksStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement worksStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP works, ExcavationStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Roof Slab FRP worksStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement worksStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP works, ExcavationStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Roof Slab FRP worksStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement worksStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP works, ExcavationStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Roof Slab FRP worksStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement works

Thanks, Rob and Christian

CYP weekly update – July 9

Good evening everyone,

Wrapping up after a fairly wet afternoon, below is a round-up of the activities happening on site next week.

Works will begin on Tuesday, with Monday 11 July being an RDO on site.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

You may have noticed that the canopy of the new tram interchange platform has been making great progress with the last panels of cross laminated timber (CLT) being applied yesterday. Installation of the wet fire services (essentially the fire sprinklers) are continuing next week with the assembly and installation of the skylights beginning next week.

Over the next week, the team will also begin the installation of the roof cladding.

Station box construction

Mechanical services and electrical works will be ongoing in the concourse level of the station box, with a delivery of large doors arriving over the next two weeks to be installed in the various services rooms.

Down on platform level, installation of the precast platform segments continue, with the first pour of the integrated topping slab occurring above these precast platform planks.

Next week, the team will be pouring the final set of the fire escape stairs which will connect the platform to the concourse level.

It’s been out of sight, out of mind for a while now – but there is plenty of working being carried out in the tunnels with the team busy fitting out the tunnel with everything required to run trains in the future. This week we’ve included a photo from out at the Eastern Portal in South Yarra – with the tunnel stretching out ahead towards Anzac Station. Specialised gantries are progressively rolling their way towards Anzac Station and onwards to Town Hall Station. These gantries provided the elevated working platform that allow the workforce to affix the various cable trays, brackets and pipes to the wall of the tunnel.

Surface Works

In the southern area, sections of the D-wall will continue to be broken out. As we mentioned last week, the noise reducing shrouds will be fitted to the hydraulic hammers that have this option available.

In the lead up to the realignment of the southbound lane of St Kilda Road, the team are preparing the new section of road with compaction of backfill, crushed rock and granular layers.

Backfill and waterproofing continues on the southern section of the roof slab where previous removal of the diaphragm wall has occurred. Further layers of backfill will be applied over the coming week.

Steel fixings and concrete pouring of the Kiosk structure’s base slab will begin next week with three more pours to follow, this will begin to give shape to the final kiosk structure.

Up in the northern end of the site, you will see the high voltage (HV) works continuing, which involve trenching and laying of conduit. These works are in preparation for the final connection, this work will be carried out by the utility asset owners CitiPower in the next few weeks.

Monday 11/07Tuesday 12/07Wednesday 13/07Thursday 14/07Friday 15/07Saturday 16/07
RDOStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  WaterproofingStage 3 – Kiosk base slab pourStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement worksStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Structural steel tying & formingStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement worksStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Base slab final pourStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement worksStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Structural steel worksStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement worksStage 1 – Shrine access shaft FRP, Northern precast shaft FRP worksStage 2 –  BackfillStage 3 – Kiosk Structural steel worksStage 4 – Backfill, road pavement works

Have a great weekend,

Thanks Rob and Christian