FROM THE MINISTER FOR TRANSPORT

DATE: Wednesday, October 10, 2001


LEADING ARCHITECTS AND BUILDERS VIE TO TURN SPENCER STREET STATION INTO WORLD CLASS SHOWPIECE

Spencer Street Station is set to become a world-class showpiece for Melbourne following the shortlisting of three leading consortia to bid for the station's redevelopment, Transport Minister Peter Batchelor announced today.

Award winning Australian and international architects have joined some of Australia's leading construction and finance companies to tender to redevelop the station to create a world class transport interchange that will change the face of Melbourne.

The shortlisting follows the invitation to the private sector in July by Premier Steve Bracks to build, operate and maintain the new transport interchange, and provide retail and commercial development.

"We want the new Spencer Street Station to be a great civic landmark and a feature of the western side of the CBD," Mr Batchelor said.

"And it is clear from the outstanding response to the call for Expressions of Interest that the private sector shares the Government's enthusiasm for this exciting project."

"The shortlisted consortia comprise a world-class field with a track record for constructing stations and other civic buildings that have changed the face of cities locally and overseas.

"The tendering process will guarantee that Melbourne receives an architectural showpiece of international standing, an interchange offering high quality services, and a commercial deal that provides long-term value for money.

"The project is a crucial part of the Government's visionary $1.5 billion Linking Victoria plan which will link up communities, create thousands of new jobs and deliver benefits for all Victorians."

The shortlisted consortia are:

Consortium Consortium membersRecent/current construction workConsulting architects
Civic NexusABN AMRO Australia Ltd, Leighton Contractors P/LOlympic Park Station and rail linkDaryl Jackson P/L, Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners
Spencer Connect Commonwealth Bank of Australia Ltd
John Holland P/L,
Australand Holdings Ltd
Joint lead contractor on Alice Springs to Darwin RailwayAshton Raggatt MacDougall, Alsop & Stormer
Multiplex Rothschild ConsortiumMultiplex Constructions P/L, NM Rothschild & Sons (Australia) LtdFederation SquareDenton Corker Marshall, DEGW Asia Pacific P/L
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Mr Batchelor said that recent market research, including an online survey, had confirmed that Victorians wanted a totally new landmark building that would breathe new life into the western edge of Melbourne.

A panel of distinguished Australian and international architects, to be announced shortly, will assess the designs proposed by the bidders.

The redevelopment will be carried out under the Government's Partnerships Victoria policy and will cost between $200 million to $300 million.

"The redevelopment will create around 2000 jobs during construction. In addition, many long term jobs will be generated by the expected retail and commercial development in and around the new interchange," Mr Batchelor said.

Mr Batchelor said the new station would provide a greatly improved gateway to Docklands and a strong link between Docklands and the CBD.

A key initiative of the State Government's Linking Victoria strategy, the station's redevelopment will provide high-quality facilities for interstate and intrastate rail services, including the Regional Fast Rail services.

In line with the views of users and the general community expressed during the market research, the new station will feature safe and comfortable waiting areas, food outlets, shops and platforms sheltered from the weather.

Tourism information services and pedestrian, tram and rail links to the CBD and Docklands are other key elements.

Later this month, the shortlisted consortia will be issued with the Request for Tender, with a preferred tenderer appointed in early 2002. The tender document will be published on the Victorian Government Purchasing Board Web site.

The tenders will be assessed according to a range of criteria including project capability and approach, commercial structure, management of specific construction issues and overall cost.

Construction is scheduled to commence in the second half of 2002 and finish in 2005.

Due to commercial confidentiality, details of the consortia's proposals cannot be released until the selection process is concluded.