Arup to work on E-Gate redevelopment project in Melbourne

18 July 2013 (Last Updated July 18th, 2013 18:30)

UK-based engineering practice Arup has been selected to work with Major Projects Victoria on the E-Gate redevelopment project in Melbourne, Australia.

UK-based engineering practice Arup has been selected to work with Major Projects Victoria on the E-Gate redevelopment project in Melbourne, Australia.

The 23ha E-Gate site is located at the West Melbourne rail yards, just two kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD.

After completion, the redevelopment will provide housing for up to 12,000 residents and 200,000m² of commercial and associated retail space.

"The 23ha E-Gate site is located at the West Melbourne rail yards, just two kilometres from Melbourne’s CBD."

The project will link together developments already under way or planned at North Melbourne Station, the Arden-Macaulay urban renewal precinct and the Docklands area.

Under the contract, Arup will provide sustainable energy, water, waste, information and communication infrastructure, and civil structures services to the project.

Arup project director and Melbourne planning leader Jonathan Kinghorn said the project will showcase how smart infrastructure can be delivered in a practical and commercially replicable framework.

"With significant site constraints such as existing topography and poor ground conditions, coupled with working within and adjacent to live rail, our specialists will develop concept options for bridges and decking for various architectural forms and functions," Kinghorn said.

Arup, in association with Prendergast Projects, will also work with stakeholders to develop practice commercial delivery models for sustainable technologies.

Construction is expected to start in 2015 after relocation of existing tenants on the site.