Flinders Street Station Design Competition launches

June 29, 2012

The Victorian Government launches the international design competition for the redevelopment of Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station.

The Victorian Government has today launched the international design competition for the redesign of Melbourne CBD landmark, Flinders Street Station.

The competition will follow a two-stage format, with entries submitted to the first stage anonymously. The first stage of the competition will call for broad, conceptual designs and will be evaluated by the jury in October this year, while the next stage will see shortlisted applicants develop their ideas into a final submission due mid-2013.

Victorian Government Architect Geoffrey London will lead the jury, and will be joined by Rob Adams, Director of City Design at the City of Melbourne; heritage representative, Peter Lovell of Lovell Chen; Gillian Miles from the Department of Transport; lawyer and international managing partner of Freehills, John Curtis; Cassandra Fahey, director of Cassandra Complex; and Caroline Bos, urban planner and co-founder of UNStudio. MasterChef host and owner of Melbourne restaurants The Press Club and Hellenic Republic, George Calombaris, is the eighth member of the jury.

Denis Napthine, Minister for Major Projects, said the jury reflected a broad cross-section of experience, adding: “We have worked hard to get the right mix of jurors to cover off the key objectives of the competition: preserving the station’s heritage features; improving its transport function; integrating the station with its surrounds; and developing its underutilised areas.”

The state government announced its plans to redevelop the historic site in November last year,  with a $1 million prize pool to entice interest from international architects. The competition will invite ideas to reinvigorate the station, built in 1910, with proposals required to address the station’s transport function, heritage requirements, urban design and integration with its surrounds – while also providing a “value for money” proposal. CityLab – founded by Andrew Mackenzie – is acting as competition advisor for the project.

Registration for the competition is now open, closing on 1 August. Applicants will then be able to commence submitting proposals from 9 August, with stage one entries closing on 20 September and shortlisted submissions revealed shortly afterwards. The second stage of the competition will then run from 23 April until 4 July 2013, with the eventual winner expected to be announced in late 2013.

For more on the competition, visit the Major Projects Victoria website:

Inside the Flinders Street Station clock tower. Photos by Peter Glenane.


  • Anna July 1st, 2012 2:26 pm

    Now if they can just manage to find some money to actually fund the building process…

  • H July 4th, 2012 4:43 pm

    Jury member George Calombaris has agreed to visit each competing architecture firm and yell “come on!”.

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