There is movement at the Station!

The Victorian Government is currently running an international ideas competition for Flinders Street Train Station, to ‘re-energise the station and its surrounds, preserve its heritage and improve transport functions.’

118 entries were submitted from across the globe, including one from Gresley Abas, in association with Tim Pardoe and Luis Schilling.

Check out our entry below, the result of a pizza-fueled late night or two.

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Our proposition aimed to consolidate the site as the principle public transport hub for city commuters, so we reconfigured the streets to optimise the precinct as a pedestrian-friendly civic and transport hub. At the same time, we introduced a range of public and private uses, civic accessibility and activation at all scales. We brought new life to both sides of the Flinders Street Administration Building, preserving the existing qualities that currently exist over, under and alongside the current station operations, and introduced new uses and development opportunities at the western end of the site.

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Our strategy was simple. The Station Precinct was opened up to public access, offering its potential to the same urban revolution that has occurred elsewhere in Melbourne. Our proposition aimed to create the conditions that would allow the existing urban momentum to grow into the spaces that are offered by the redevelopment of the site.

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The solution was based on:

  • Transport transfer efficiency – improved access and egress to all train platforms, particularly from the western approach
  • Permeability – pedestrian access created across the site to reconnect the precincts and attractions distributed around all sides of the station: particularly the north-south connection between Southbank and city centre.
  • Activation – the Station precinct established not just as a public transport transit hub, but as an activated iconic destination in its own right. This would include the introduction of activation and adaptive uses to existing buildings, and the creation of new development at all scales along the edges and over the top of the site.

In order to achieve all this, an elevated ground plane was draped across the site to extend a pedestrian trajectory that commences at the existing eastern concourse. Moving westwards, this new podium performs as Precinct entrance, Station concourse, public open space, and mixed-Use development podium.

Along this east-west trajectory, numerous connections were established to the north and south, allowing complete permeability across the precinct. These will be key in unlocking the existing ‘separation’ between the Hoddle Grid, Southbank and Federation Square.

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Congratulations and good luck to the 6 shortlisted entries!


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