Victoria Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine
Key Objectives For Flinders Street Station Revealed
Victor P Taffa
Minister for Major Projects Denis Napthine today revealed the Victorian Coalition Government’s vision for a potential revamp of Flinders Street Station precinct with the release of the design competition’s Statement of Key Objectives document.
Dr. Napthine said the document would give prospective applicants to the Flinders Street Design Competition a better understanding of what the Coalition Government wanted addressed through the design process.
“Flinders Street Station is not only a Victorian icon and an important part of our history and culture; it is also one of the busiest commuter stations in the world.” Dr. Napthine said.
“This is why the Coalition Government wants to attract the best and brightest from Victoria and around the globe to submit their ideas for this exciting design competition.”
“Already we are aware of a number of individuals and architectural firms that are following this competition with keen interest and this document will help those thinking of submitting an entry to begin preparing their design ideas.”
“Flinders Street Station has served as our main passenger railway station for more than 100 years. However as Victoria has grown, a number of new challenges have emerged for the station and its surrounds.” Dr. Napthine said.
Dr. Napthine said these challenges include addressing:
- The expected doubling of transport patronage in the next decade and the need to accommodate the new underground metro rail line planned for central Melbourne;
- Poor integration with surrounding precincts such as Federation Square and the south bank of the Yarra River;
- The urgent need to restore areas of this heritage-listed building including the grand ballroom to make this magnificent asset more accessible to the public;
- The under-utilisation of the western end of the site and potential for new buildings and spaces.
“The Coalition Government is looking for the world’s best ideas to upgrade, restore and re-invigorate the Flinders Street Station precinct in order to resolve these issues.” Dr. Napthine said.
“When entries open in mid-2012, we expect that the prize pool of $1 Million will attract the very best ideas from across the globe to fully explore the potential of this Melbourne landmark and its precinct.”