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    Shortlist for brand new Melbourne railway station revealed

    Nicholas Rider

    Five Australian registered architects have been selected to prepare their vision for the new $50 million Frankston railway station in Melbourne.  

    Proposals from Luke Farrugia and Andrew Shaper, Grimshaw Architects, Genton Architecture, Cullinan Ivanov Partnership and Supermanouvre were chosen from 39 anonymous submissions in a national design competition seeking a vision to revitalise the Frankston station precinct. 

    The finalists will now work with technical experts from the Victorian Government to generate a more detailed design concept for a new station.

    A final design will be chosen in March 2017, and the winner will be assigned the role as project architect. Construction will commence before 2018.

    The shortlisted architects:

    Luke Farrugia and Andrew Shaper
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    The proposal creates “a continuous and contoured ground plane providing universal access and connection.” The station will be a memorable and significant landmark for Frankston through the use of tactile and visual cues. 

    Grimshaw Architects
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    Grimshaw wants “the station precinct to function as a vital civic asset for locals and visitors.” They propose to “integrate the transit interchange with landscape and public spaces.”

    Genton Architecture
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    Genton’s visualises the “station at the centre of a pedestrian retail zone across young street and a public park running along Fletcher Road adjacent to the Chisholm campus.”

    Cullinan Ivanov Partnership
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    This proposal suggests three stages of redevelopment, which will consist of features such as a landscaped promenade, an elevated boulevard, and an amphitheatre.  

    Supermanouvre
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    Supermanouvre’s proposal, titled Frankston United, integrates a new public plaza and amphitheatre, with a “transportation spine [that provides] a new heart for the city as well as a development plan for re-uniting the CBD with its suburbs.”  

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