New tram stop in harmony with University precinct

11 January, 2005

11 January 2005

Media release from FMSA Architects

Melbourne's newest tram stop has been designed to harmonise with its environment.

The reconstruction of the Melbourne University terminus includes the cityýs first island platform tram stop on Swanston Street near the corner of Faraday Street in front of Melbourne Universityýs Sidney Myer Asia Centre.

This new tram stop is designed to cater for large volumes of passengers during peak periods. The new terminus can accommodate more trams and larger trams at any one time and with three independent shunts, allows trams greater operational flexibility and greater adherence to the timetable.

Yarra Trams has commissioned FMSA Architects to undertake the urban and architectural design of the project. The consultancy has developed a contemporary, aesthetically interesting design for the new stop that incorporates six cantilevered ýtreesý or canopies that are finished in a distinctive ýuniversity blueý colour with seating underneath. The canopy roofing consists of translucent polycarbonate panels. Their properties include extended UV protection and improved mechanical characteristics and rigidity.

FMSA is also designing a staff amenities kiosk with an information wall for tram travellers and ramps at either end of the island platform to ensure easy access for older people, people in wheelchairs, parents with prams and people with disabilities.

FMSA architects Peter Sandow, Najib Zohab and architectural undergraduate Andrea Collelouri have worked to tight deadlines to complete the design documentation to enable construction to begin this month.

The project is a joint initiative between Yarra Trams and the Department of Infrastructure to bring modern and reliable tram services to Melbourne. The Melbourne University Tram Stop is scheduled to open in mid-February.

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