Construction workers have begun the delicate task of guiding 60-tonne concrete and brick arch segments into place to create the entrance for Melbourne’s new Arden Station.
The process began in June with the installation of seven support columns, followed by the construction of a temporary steel frame to provide support to the arches as they are lowered into place.
The first of the arches – designed to reflect North Melbourne’s rich industrial history – was installed in mid-October.
The 15 arches are made from precast concrete lined with more than 100,000 bricks, each one laid by hand. They are made up of 45 individual segments, each weighing up to 60 tonnes.
Once in place, the arches will rise up to 15 metres above people as they enter the station from Laurens Street.