The residential population of Melbourne has more than doubled in recent years, and government forecasts predict this growth will continue. The Melbourne Metro Rail Project will allow Melbourne to continue to develop as one of the world’s most liveable cities.

The project involved adding new twin 9-kilometre rail tunnels and five underground stations in the heart of Melbourne, creating capacity for 39,000 more passengers during each peak period from the first day of operation .

Urbis worked initially on urban design, and as the project proceeded advised on strategic direction, how best to leverage the brownfield sites involved and how to build tunnel exits that enhance existing streetscapes and respect nearby landmarks.


It’s all about harnessing potential. If we are investing in transport infrastructure, what benefits will the station or the Metro bring with regards to enlivening the city and what form will it take? How do you make the journey a pleasant experience and create the best environment for commuters and tourists?
Peter Haack, Design Director

Urbis is also involved in a Victorian Government plan to grade separate level crossings across the metropolitan rail network; easing road congestion, improving rail efficiency and allowing retail opportunities to improve amenity within new station developments.

These projects demonstrate the power of Urbis’ collective approach, bringing together many disciplines to provide holistic services, from economic analysis all the way through to heritage assessment and urban design.