Southern Cross Station

Client Public Transport Victoria & Department of Transport
Location Docklands, Melbourne
Delivery Method Public Private Partnership
Architect Grimshaw Architects

Project Description

The Challenge:

To provide hydraulic services design and documentation for the redevelopment of the old Spencer Street Station (renamed the Southern Cross Station) at the west end of Melbourne’s CBD. One of the greatest challenges this project presented was the need to maintain the station as a fully operational facility throughout the redevelopment process. This requirement posed significant restrictions on construction.


Our Solution:

The integration of mixed uses within the site demanded a robust water and waste water design to ensure the system is easily maintainable and adaptable. Notably, the most influential aspect of the station is the vast roof and roofing structure. Integrated within the overall design is a roof drainage system capable of collecting and discharging a large volume of rainwater to a single point.


The Results:

The landmark $700 million redevelopment – a Public Private Partnership – includes a railway station, bus interchange and commercial developments within the Station’s precinct. Providing an impressive arrival point for international, interstate, regional and suburban travellers to Melbourne, efficiently handling 30,000 passengers an hour during peak periods. The redevelopment was undertaken while maintaining the Station as a fully operational facility throughout all stages of the works.

The facility incorporates a mixture of transport infrastructure, offices, food and beverage outlets and support areas required to meet its operational requirements.

  • easy-to-maintain & adaptable water and waste water systems
  • roof drainage system with capacity to collect & discharge large volume of rainwater to a single point
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