Celebrating the re-introduction of rail to the North-East of Melbourne, Grimshaw’s vision for the project was to create a new civic identity for the areas along the corridor with a view to stimulating growth in the future Mernda Town Centre.
Connecting the growing communities in Melbourne’s inner north corridor to the CBD, the extension project has created three state-of-the-art stations at Middle Gorge, Mernda and Hawkstowe, eight kilometres of new duplicated rail line and five grade separations.
In addition to the creation community spaces and significantly enhanced bus connections, approximately 2,000 parking spaces have been built across the three stations along with bicycle storage facilities. New shared walking and cycling paths connect the stations and provide alternative transport options.
One year after the opening of the extension, passengers have made over 1.8 million trips on the line.
"Our design proposal considers the semi-rural aspect of the region as well as the need to support one of Australia’s fastest growing communities. The station forms draw inspiration from the traditional Australian homestead, while stone and wood recovered from the site has been reused in station building finishes."
Jason Embley, Principal, Grimshaw
The interiors of all three stations are intentionally open and vibrant with building elements and vertical transportation components arranged to provide passengers with clear circulation and intuitive wayfinding.
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