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.

Urbis provided strategic planning urban economics, and urban design as part of the Aurecon, Jacobs, Mott MacDonald (AJM) Joint Venture for the business case of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro Rail Project.

The project involved adding new twin 9km rail tunnels and five underground stations in the heart of Melbourne, train and tram interchanges, creating capacity for 39,000 more passengers during each peak period from the first day of operation. There are also major urban renewal and development opportunities around key station precincts.

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. Our complete service offering across design, planning, urban economics, valuations and advisory ensured that our advice would best optimise the project’s urban renewal opportunities. 

We were 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.

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