McElligotts have been engaged by the Victorian Government to complete remedial works on the iconic Flinders Street Metro Station.
The station is a vital heritage listed piece of Melbourne infrastructure that spans over 270m and carries 4 different rail lines. Situated on the corner of the busy Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne CBD, the station plays a vital role in getting Melbournians to and from their destinations every day.
Flinders Street Station opened in 1854 and was the very first railway station built in any Australian city and at the time, was just a collection of weatherboards and rail lines. However, the current iconic building structure was built between 1905 and 1910, following the design of railway employees James Fawcett and H.P.C Ashworth.
The design, named Green Light, was classic French renaissance style, characterised by its arches, pillars and repetitively shaped windows. By 1926, 16 years after its completion, the station was the busiest passenger station in the world, taking over Gare Saint-Lazare in Paris, Liverpool Street Station in London and Grand Central Station in New York City.
Over the years, the station has undergone many upgrades and renovations to maintain its structural integrity and to keep up with the modern world. Kicking off this year, McElligotts will be performing remedial works on the rail lines to ensure Melbourne trains can run smoothly for another 166 years. Getting the opportunity to work on iconic pieces of infrastructure is both rewarding and exciting for everyone here at McElligotts.
We are looking forward to getting started on this project and are confident in the results we will achieve.