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Those noisy generators

Those of you on the front of the building may have noticed that CYP have installed 3 noisy generators opposite us (well 2 plus a backup). These are providing the power for the lights on the tram platform.

As I understand it is because they CYP and Citipower did not get their act together in time to use normal power.

I have asked

  • why not use power available on the train platform
  • why not put the generators underground

I then suggested that if they are to remain in their current location then they must be soundproofed. This was effort 1

I suggested that they may need a roof on the soundproofing

This is effort 2

hmm – I can still see the generators and hear them. It is clear that the beautifully designed structure has been architecturally designed and no expense has been spared. The lengths of timber have been carefully tossed on top in a way reminiscent of the way Collingwood exited their backline last AFL season.

After my recent complaint they have committed to build a soundproof box – it should be completed by the third week of January. By then work will have recommenced out the front.

Let me be clear – The requirements are that the noise after 10pm must be inaudible in any habitable room.

If you can hear the generators then please call 1800 105 105 and let them know. Be polite but let them know that they are clearly audible.

[rant over]

CYP update

Good afternoon everyone,


Welcome to the final weekly look ahead email for 2022.

It has been an eventful year, commencing at the start of the year with the demolition of the big green acoustic shed in the middle of St Kilda Road, and now we are about to open the new tram stop on St Kilda Road.

There has a been a lot accomplished over the year, and throughout it all we have genuinely appreciated the support from the local community. At times it certainly hasn’t been easy, no more-so than the past few weeks of 24/7 works.

We’re pleased to report that St Kilda Road is ready to reopen this evening, including the connection from Albert Road out to St Kilda Road and the connection into Park Street from St Kilda Road.

Over the weekend, Yarra Trams will be completing the final testing and commissioning works prior to trams recommencing. These testing and commissioning works by Yarra Trams will occur from 6pm, Sunday 18 December. Yarra Trams maintenance crews will be onsite to perform inspections, and if required, conduct maintenance work to ensure the tram network is fully operational. If test trams reveal any defects, the works will then be classified as essential tram works to enable network resumption. This means the defects will have to be rectified immediately. This may involve some hammering, grinding and vehicle noise.

The new tram stop will open from first tram on Monday morning with normal tram services scheduled to resume at 5am, Monday 19 December. Some areas will be in a temporary condition with further completion works to occur in 2023 and throughout 2023 we will be progressively constructing the final legacy arrangements including the Albert Road Reserve station entrance, Albert Road alignment as well as various St Kilda Road medians, central lanes, bike lanes, kerbing and crossing points.

Next week will be a fairly quiet week and we’ll be getting the site ready for shutdown over the Christmas break, with the installation of lighting in key areas and any rectification works.

The lights in the middle of St Kilda Road will be energised early in 2023, with a conduit connection to be excavated down Albert Road North, and CitiPower will need to do the final connection.

We’ll have temporary lighting set up in the meantime and the tram platform lights will be powered up.

Our thanks once again on behalf of the entire team constructing the Anzac Station, we hope that you enjoy a quiet, peaceful and safe break.
We’ll be returning to site around the 10th January.

Thanks again, Rob and Christian

News about NEXT year’s noise

Jan and I met with CYP today to discuss the plans for 2023 – we knew it was going to be the last ugly time for us.

A brief summary

  • The last remaining part of the D Wall needs to be removed. This is the wall that was needed during the construction but must now be removed. It is right in front of us.
  • All work will be done in day times – no night works
  • It will be very noisy
  • It will go from late January for 3-4 months
  • Scaffolding will be erected out the front – the hoardings will hopefully have some nice artwork
  • Access to and from the lower car park will be maintained EXCEPT for a 3-4 week period towards the end of the period. We are working out a plan of how to manage that gap.
  • We have discussed footpath lighting, sightlines and other safety matters.
  • …more to come later
  • This is a photo to remind you how close the wall comes!!

Major CYP update

Good afternoon everyone,

This update brings us to the end of the second week of the tram network shutdown and associated 24/7 works.

Once again, if you would like to unsubscribe to this weekly update during the works, just reply to let us know, and we’ll take you off the list.

We’ve put together an update below on the week that was, as well as a look ahead on some key activities – most anticipated is the reopening of St Kilda Road northbound

Evening works this week

At certain stages this week we’ve encountered a few unexpected scenarios that have required us to make much more noise than we would have liked during the evening period.

In the southern end of the site an auger was drilling the holes for one of the many, many tram poles that are being installed along the new alignment. This auger hit a significant amount of rock which had to be hammered out. At the northern end of the site a section of rail had to be broken out and re-welded after an issue was identified.  Our apologies for these spikes in noise, we know it’s tough when you hear something like this and you don’t know if it’s going to continue for 30 minutes or 3 hours.   If you hear any hammering during the evening, it won’t be a long term exercise and is generally associated with an unexpected underground impediment that we need to break out in order to continue.  The good news is that all the footings for the tram poles have been drilled, which is one less underground activity. There are still a few trenches and pits across the site, but most of our underground activities are coming to an end.

Tree Removal

Those close to the corner of Park Street and St Kilda Road may have noticed that a tree was removed earlier today in front of the Hallmark building. This tree had been identified for removal as part of the final design and planning approvals were in place. The team were hoping to retain the tree and work around it, but we wouldn’t know until we’d carried out further investigations on its root zone. Once we opened up the pavement it quickly became apparent that the structure roots had grown out to areas that meant it couldn’t be retained and we had to remove it.

Even if planning approval has been granted for the removal of a tree, a review process needs to take place before every tree is removed. We will always delay any removal until it is required to continue construction. A replacement tree will be also be planted as part of the final landscaping.

St Kilda Road Northbound – Reopening

Plans are currently being finalised for the reopening of the northbound lane of St Kilda Road and the Albert Road North connection. To re-open the road we’ll need to do line-marking on the new lane and shift traffic barriers. This work will primarily be done inside the existing construction site, however between Bowen Crescent and Bowen Lane there will be some impact traffic while we make the shift.

On the night of the traffic shift there will be traffic management in place at Bowen Crescent from 8pm through to 5am the following morning. Access and egress to properties will be maintained, however we do expect some delays.

Access into Bowen Lane from St Kilda Road will be closed while we carry out the switch and access will need to be via Kings Way.

Residents accessing and egressing the Botanica’s carpark entrance on St Kilda Road will also be held up when the barrier connection is installed out to the new traffic lane. We’ll aim to do this in the early hours of the morning to minimise disruption, but if you’re coming home in the wee hours, we expect that there could be a delay in getting into the carpark.  The traffic controllers on duty will advise.
Early next week we’ll let everyone know exactly which night this switch will take place.

North

The northern section is coming along very well, with the bulk of the asphalting now complete and the final wearing course of asphalt to be applied on the Park Street tracks should be done by the weekend.

Works are currently underway on the road surface with the laying of the sub-base commencing and asphalting underway on the weekend.

In front of the Hallmark building there has been a flurry of work as we are relocating a valve connection on behalf of South East Water, removing some redundant electrical cabinets on the corner and also installing a new tram pole. These works will continue through to early next week.

Up in the far northern section the focus will be on building the trackside kerb adjacent to the new tram tracks, while kerb works and asphalting will start on the pedestrian crossing over St Kilda Road at Park Street.

South

Down in the southern section of the site asphalting commenced on Thursday night for the new sections of track. Kerb construction will kick off next week as well as the stringing of overheads next week in this section.

The new section of northbound lane of St Kilda Road starts at around the Bowen Crescent area, the sub-base prep work is largely complete from the southern section to the middle section, and on Sunday we expect to start asphalting this new section of road.

At the far-far southern extent of the site, at the intersection of Kings Way/Toorak Road/St Kilda Road, we have a redundant pole that needs to be removed and kerb that needs to be removed. Due to the proximity to the intersection, the pole needs to come down at night, however we’ll wait until daytime to break road-saw the kerb and break it out. The pole removal should not be too impactful as an oxy cutter is used to cut the pole off at the base and lower it onto a truck. The pole removal will take place on Saturday night and the kerb will be broken out on Sunday.  

Middle

As mentioned in the southern section, asphalting of the road will take place over the weekend, which is a step closer to the reopening of St Kilda Road northbound.

Either side of the road we’ve started works on the future pedestrian crossing points to access the new tram stop.

Signals have been installed for the ped crossing on the Melbourne Grammar and kerb works will be finished off on this side next week

On the Albert Road side, the new crossing point is at the top of Albert Reserve. Next week we’ll kick off the kerb and road works on this side of the road to create the future connection. All for the inground conduits and connections for the pedestrian traffic lights have been installed already.

One section of conduit run that needs to be completed is the section running down the northern side of Albert Road, past Domain Hill Apartments and 22 Albert Road. The service investigation works were completed this week and next week the team will begin to open up a trench and lay conduits. This conduit run powers the future lights in the centre of St Kilda Road. Once the conduits have been trenched and installed, CitiPower will come to site and undertake the final works to connect them into the mains and power up the lights in the middle of St Kilda Road.

On the platform, the hoarding around the entrances to the future train station and kiosk started installation on Thursday and is nearly complete. This week we’ve included a look at the artwork that will feature on the hoarding.  

Bluestone on the platform should be finished by Monday with the installation of platform furniture and associated tram operations underway next week.

Best regards, Rob and Christian

CYP weekly update

Good evening everyone,

Welcome to the first of our weekly look-ahead emails during the 24/7 works.

If you would like to unsubscribe to this update, just reply to let us know, and we’ll take you off the list.

While the progress outside on site has been good, we appreciate that the local impact has been significant, from the evening works through to the traffic changes in the precinct.

A huge thanks to everyone in the precinct for bearing with us while we embark on this enormous undertaking.

The good news is that works are progressing well and we are well and truly where we want to be with the program of works.

Below is a quick update on where we are in the North/South/Middle of the site.

North

The northern section has seen the bulk of the workforce over the first week of the occupation, this is due to the complexity of the Park Street intersection. You might have seen some of the cranes on site that have been lifting heavy sections of track into site, along with the heavy diamond crossover sections that have now been installed

In this area, we are well and truly underway with the track installation, in fact this weekend we’ll start concreting the tracks into place. Laying tracks generally involves placing the tracks before they are concreted into place, after this there is often an application of crushed rock, before the tracks are asphalted to create the finished surface. This concreting/asphalting combo will start to make its way from north to south.

One of the challenges we’ll face over the weekend is the heat. With the temperature set to rise above 30 degrees, there is a risk that the tracks will bend in the heat. As a result, we cant pour concrete until the temperature dips, this means we’ll likely be pouring the late afternoon and into the evening.

Yarra Tram Pole installation is also happening at key points around the track installation – and by the end of next week we’d expect to see Yarra Trams hanging wires in key sections.

South

With the bulk of the activity happening in the north, the south hasn’t had as much attention, but that will all change this weekend into next week. The teams out on site have today started the backfill at the southernmost end of site as they also finalise some of the conduit and drainage pit connections.  

Once the backfill is in place, we’re looking to start laying track on Saturday. All going well, we’ll be concreting on Monday, followed by the crushed rock and asphalt. Unlike the north, the south features straight sections of track, which are significantly simpler (and faster) to lay – especially when compared to the intricate curves featuring specific cant requirements in the north.

Middle
Through the middle of the site, roadworks will kick off next week on the new alignment for the northbound lane of St Kilda Road (the northbound lane will push further into the middle of site, starting just around Bowen Crescent, running adjacent to the new tram alignment and before re-joining its existing alignment just at Park Street.  Today works started on the sub base, drainage and services underneath the road, with road construction ramping next week, as part of the backfilling works there will be use of the vibratory roller, which can be disruptive at times, depending on its location.

Right in the middle of site the works continue on the central platform – the bulk of the paving is complete with section to the east of the kiosk the final section of bulk paving to be completed, the more ‘fiddly’ sections of pavers will then be progressively laid to fill out the platform.  Next week, infrastructure such as the tram shelter will be installed, followed by on-platform furniture and other platform infrastructure

At the end of these works the new tram platform will be open for public use – but we’ll still be down on the concourse level of Anzac Station. To separate tram users from these works, we’ll be installing wooden hoarding around the elevators and escalators down to concourse level. This wooden hoarding should start to be installed around the middle of next week.

Once again, we thank everyone for their patience during these works. I’ve attached today a picture of the site on Monday morning following the first night of works, followed by a photo from 730pm this evening showing the extent of track that has been laid.  The jackhammering and demolition works were incredibly loud – and while the current works are a step down in decibel levels we do appreciate the impact these works are having on everyone’s day-to-day lives, the good news is that the works are progressing well and we hope to be out of everyone’s evenings (and road space) as soon as we possibly can.

Thanks, Rob and Christian