Global infrastructure firm AECOM will be providing the full range of design services, as part of the Rail Infrastructure Alliance, which recently signed a contract with the Victorian state government worth approximately $1 billion.
The project is expected to be worth approximately $70 million to AECOM and will support the delivery of the $11 billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project.
The Rail Infrastructure Alliance consists of CPB Contractors and John Holland, with AECOM as the design partner, as well as project owner Rail Projects Victoria and rail franchisee Metro Trains Melbourne.
AECOM’s affiliates will design all elements of the project, including tunnel entrances, brownfield rail network enhancements and station improvements. They will also be responsible for obtaining the various planning and environmental approvals relating to the upgrade of the rail network and helping to minimise the projects impacts.
“This is a highly complex and challenging design brief, which will connect the new 9km Metro tunnels to the existing live rail corridors bringing the trains above ground and allowing them to seamlessly continue their journey along the network,” said Todd Battley, AECOM’s chief executive of Australia and New Zealand.
The Rail Infrastructure Alliance has started preparatory works, including geo-technical, service and site investigations, at Kensington, South Yarra and West Footscray, to inform planning and design of the western and eastern tunnel portals that will connect with new stations at Arden Street, Parkville, CBD North, CBD South and Domain.
“We have already begun to mobilise combined local and global teams to bring the best of AECOM’s tunnel portal design, geo-technical and urban heavy rail capability to this transformational project,” Battley said.
“Once complete, it will keep a growing Melbourne moving and leave a lasting legacy of rail design expertise, which Victoria can export to the world.”
It is expected that over 1,000 people will work on the Rail Infrastructure Alliance package of works, including almost 100 apprenticeships, trainees and engineering cadets.