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CYP Weekly update

Good morning everyone,

I hope everyone took the opportunity to get out into yesterday’s glorious sunshine after what can only be described as a miserable week of weather.

That is a not-so-subtle segue into the impact that the rain has had on the work out on site. The team have lost a huge amount of time to the weather this week and the overnight works that have been happening last week will unfortunately need to roll into the following week.  While we recognise that this will roll directly into the 24/7 works starting on the 27th November – unfortunately it is unavoidable, as it is critical that the tram track infrastructure within the site is ready to connect into the infrastructure that we will be constructing while trams are shut down from the 27 November to the 17 December.

I’ve included a copy of the notification will go out on Monday to local residents advising of the extension to the works.

Once again the table of activities is contained below, but it is essentially the same activities that we have notified previously, but were unable to complete due to the weather.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

On the station platform, the works next week will continue to be focussed on the laying of bluestone pavers. The question has been raised with the team about the planting of the new trees that will be a feature of the new tram platform. On the advice of arborists, the trees will be planted in Autumn next year rather than during the hotter summer months (after the past week of weather we’ve had this doesn’t ring true, but the advice is that the warmer months ahead will impact on the long term health of the future trees) Works on the station kiosk will also continue, with the installation of cladding around the kiosk.

On the canopy itself, the skylight flashing and final works on the architectural finishes on the underside of the canopy will all be underway next week.

Surface Works

The new track continues to make its way out from the platform to both the north and the south. Next week will see more track laid and concrete poured to the north of the tram platform, especially now that the backfill around the ventilation structures has largely been completed.

On the north-west corner of Park Street works have begun to construct the final legacy design for a kerb outstand and tram pole installation.  The future kerb line extends out further from the existing kerb and this extended kerb line is currently being constructed, along with one of the tram wire poles that will be required during for the new tram alignment.  To construct this extended kerb the left turn from Park Street into St Kilda Road has now been temporarily closed, this left turn will reopen ahead of the closure of the northbound lane of St Kilda Road to ensure access is maintained to the buildings along this section of St Kilda Road.

Station box construction

Underground, the team have completed both the eastern and western sections of track slab adjacent to the new tram platform. On the platform itself, we’ll be pouring the concrete for the wearing slab of the platform, while also continuing with our steelwork in preparation for the future platform screen doors. Escalators 1 and 2 are being installed next week, these sit adjacent to the freshly poured stairs linking the concourse level to the platform.

Shrine Entrance

The Shrine entrance continues to work away over in the corner of the site – installation of formwork is ongoing next week as is the steel fixing for the capping beam on top of the piles, this all ahead of the final stage of excavation, which is expected to commence in early December.

Extended Hours Works:

The works listed below are those that will extend overnight next week. At this stage of the program, all these works are likely to extend for the duration of the week.

If the noise is an issue…

If you are having issues with the noise outside during the nights – call 1800 105 105.

They will entertain relocations if needed as a last resort.

You may have also noticed that they cannot work if there is any rain….so you could take matters into your own hands and use one of these TOY water pistols. I doubt they can tell the difference between rain and water from this.

They are available here

What are those vents used for???

  • The round one is an inlet – It brings in outside air to the mechanical systems, so nothing will be discharged from it.
  • The middle one is an outlet – It is the over track exhaust, but also has battery/uninterruptable power supply (UPS) room exhaust in the event they are called on. During normal operations, the over track exhaust extracts heat locally from the air conditioner condensers which are onboard the train and braking devices of the stationary trains. In the unlikely event of a fire, this would be used to extract smoke from the trackway, platform and concourse.
  • The tall one is a tunnel ventilation system (TVS) inlet exhaust –The TVS shaft can either exhaust or supply depending on the requirements of the tunnel (two shafts – one supply and one exhaust). The TVS is an environmental control e.g provide fresh air within tunnel and discharges oncoming air from approaching trains. In the unlikely event of a fire, the TVS is designed to prevent smoke spreading and to maintain acceptable conditions in the non-incident tunnel.

CYP update

Good evening everyone,

Apologies for the delayed look ahead. It appears this didn’t send properly on Friday afternoon – with any luck this one arrives in your inboxes.

There has been a lot of change out on site recently with the site now divided by the new section of southbound lane of St Kilda Road. This has allowed the us to shift our barriers onto what was the previous southbound lane and begin to breakout the old traffic lane to lay new tram tracks and lay the new road alignment adjacent to these tracks. Thankyou to everyone for you patience as we tied in the new section of the road, the significant amount of rain did not help matters, but the new lane is now open and we’re pushing ahead.

Next week will see a number of key activities run up until 10pm – During the week just gone, we wrapped up activities at 8pm, but the weather is not looking kind, and it is more than likely that these will need to continue all the way until 10pm.

Anzac Station entrance construction – Tram Interchange

The footprint of the new tram interchange will begin to expand significantly over the next few weeks as the team begin to pour the concrete foundations of the platform itself. The platform extends from just near the top of Albert Road, all the way down beyond the new kiosk that has been constructed and is now in the process of being fitted out. The team are also getting up underneath the canopy to get some works done on the underside of the canopy, while at ground level, the first sections of glass for the balustrades around the oculus began to be installed this week and will continue into next week.

Next week will also see more progress on the kiosk, with the glass installed for the future kiosk and the installation off some of the cladding around the outside of the kiosk.

Some of these works will continue out to 10pm including works on the underside of the canopy and the installation of the new cladding on the kiosk.

Surface Works

Outside the platform, the new sections of tram tracks continue their progress through site on the eastern side. Now that we’ve taken the old southbound lane of St Kilda Road and made some room on the western side of the canopy, you’ll start to see more tram track work in this section as well as installation of the new tram poles.  We are quickly approaching the deadline of the 27 November, when we switch off the power to the tram lines, buses replace trams and we begin the 24/7 works to break out the existing tracks and realign them to connect in with the new sections of tram alignment around the new platform.  Like this week, next week some activities will extend out to 10pm to ensure we are ready for the 27 November.  The platform and new sections of track need to be ready for this critical date, so over the coming weeks more activities will extend out to 10pm.  Activities you’ll see on site next week are similar to those you’ve seen to date, with excavators doing earthworks, tram track laying, asphalting, concrete pours.

The ventilation shafts will also continue to get some attention next week, the concrete pours continuing for the northern shafts are complete, connecting them to the station roof. We’ll see same at the southern end next week before waterproofing and backfill commences on both.

Station box construction

The big development inside the station box is the start of the construction of the stairs from concourse level down to platform level. The frame for the future pedestrian elevator has also been installed. We’ve included a photo this week on the first section of the formwork for the new stairs.

Shrine Entrance

Next week at the Shrine entrance over near Domain Road will see the start of the steel fixing for the new section of roof. Once the roof is installed, the main excavation down to the future base slab will commence.

Regards, Rob and Christian

Update from Metro Tunnel CRG Domain meeting


Jan attended the CRG meeting in my absence – here are her notes

FYI. These are my notes from yesterday morning’s Domain Precinct Community Reference Group meeting. I’ve listed the main points made by each presenter that are of most relevance to Botanica.


John Goding & David Glossop, Cross Yarra Partnership: current & upcoming works update


Southern box – approx 2 wks behind schedule

  • Service proving @ 390 St Kilda Rd because high voltage cable very close by
  • Covered, well-lit walkway to be installed in front of 390 on Sat 21 July. Piling rig used for ground anchor removal has a very tall mast so pedestrians need to be protected from possible falling objects
  • D–wall construction to start in Oct
  • Botanica’s trees to be removed late July/Aug – may be affected by nearby anchor removal
  • Air quality monitors have been installed in MGS garden & Albert Reserve. Having a few issues which should be sorted this wk.

David O’Shaughnessy, Cross Yarra Partnership: public submission & design process update 

  • Station design – still working on canopy material, supports to be steel vs timber, drainage of roof canopy. Will take until Sept to bed down internal station issues.
  • Early 2019 there’ll be further info on design details
  • Dealing with public realm a big issue – lagging a little behind in design. Detailed design phase in 2019. No further public consultation/comment on public realm design.
  • Shrine entrance & lift – need to avoid Cobbers Statue so moving them along to the start of Domain Rd
  • Station entrances in Albert Reserve – maybe consolidate to one entrance instead of two. There’s a pinch point between one entrance & The Domain so maybe won’t have entrance near The Domain.
  • Windsor Oak not to be moved – not negotiable
  • Boer War monument may be located deeper into Albert Reserve?
  • Loading, drop off, disabled zones need to be maintained
  • Waste & logistics a challenge – no–one wants them located nearby
  • Needs of retailers in station space to be considered
  • Flood modelling being undertaken – will impact design
  • Ancillary structures – issues not yet resolved, decisions not yet made.
  • MGS rep asked re vibration impact on school of trains & vents in operation. Interestingly, assured trains not a prob but couldn’t be assured re vents!!
  • According to Simon Adams, a number of issues have been escalated from RPV to govt level for decision-making – location of bike lanes, number of traffic lanes & 58 tram route?

Simon Adams, Rail Projects Victoria: tram noise update

  • At a public mtg on 27 June, 25-30 residents were informed that there were 4 mitigation approaches to prob of tram squeal – track grinding, track lubrication with water cart, modification of the adjoining pavement & friction modifier application
  • Cause of tram squeal still not identified – have checked thru 2,000 docs
  • Qualitative noise measurements – 27 June – 6 July, 7-9am, 4-6pm, 15 individuals in 2 different locations noted noise, weather, tram type…
  • Quantitative – acoustic specialist monitored noise & frequency using special $30,000 equipment which measures frequency & can pick out squeal’s high pitch. Noise recorded pre and post track grinding. Will take a couple of weeks to analyse. As time passed, positive impact of track grinding went away
  • Temperature may have relevant impact on noise – on recent 2 degree morn, there was very loud squeal
  • On 4 July between 10am & 2pm a water cart flooded tracks on numerous occasions. The positive impact lasted 20 mins!

Brian Maddock, Yarra Trams

  • YT carried out friction modifier trials at Preston depot to determine if application will impact on tram operation eg braking –  speeds of 15, 20 & 30 kph, using emergency brakes. Applied friction modifier & carried out same tests, then watered tracks & repeated tests. Found NO effect on braking capacity of trams!
  • Need to go thru govt risk assessment before testing on tram tracks but hoping to trial on Thurs fortnight ie 26 July. Will apply friction modifier overnight with paint rollers! If noise reduction is successful, applicator pumps & pipes to be installed beside tracks to spread friction modifier.
  • Modification of pavement adjoining tracks another option. Looking to trial 50m of track next week. Cut either side of track & apply emulsion into grooves. We’ll be notified of timing.
  • On behalf of Botanica residents I thanked Simon, Brian & others involved for their efforts to solve this 3 month old prob.


Question time – some relevant issues raised

  • Status of condition/dilapidation reports for common & private properties
  • Poor traffic management, especially signage, associated with our road closure. Needs urgent attention.
  • Problems associated with public bin removal – rubbish, smokers, butts & our small garden fire last week.

Hope some of this is of interest.