Glenroy Station has received four prestigious awards in the GOV Design Awards 2023. Winning silver for Urban Design, Community and Civic, Transport, and Public in recognition for outstanding design and innovation.
The GOV Design Awards is a global program, reviewing international projects from local, state and federal government funded projects. It celebrates the courage of both commissioners and creators’ design projects within the government, community, and public sectors.
Through creativity, quality and attention to detail, Glenroy Station offers a totally unexpected experience of station design. These awards illustrate the value of thinking outside traditional architecture solutions and celebrates a new aesthetic, showing what transport hubs are truly capable of.
It highlights what is possible with forward-thinking architecture and great collaborators. Glenroy Station is a transport hub that has become a community and civic destination, adding value to the urban experience, encapsulating what Genton believes great architecture is all about.
Redefining the suburb’s heart with a central public plaza, the Glenroy Station project strengthens pedestrian connections between the retail centre and new development areas through the creation of a public forecourt spanning the rail trench and above the platforms.
Commissioned by the North West Program Alliance, as a part of the Victorian Government’s Level Crossing Removal Project, the project sees the removal of the level crossing at Glenroy Road, through which 19,000 vehicles pass daily.
Transforming the centre of Glenroy, the station precinct provides new green public spaces, linking the east and west sides of the rail corridor for safe public access, and resolving the competing needs of trains, buses, vehicles, cyclists and pedestrians operating in a small area.
Genton’s urban design strategy involved relocating the station away from the heavily trafficked intersection at Glenroy Road, to prioritise pedestrianisation through the creation of a bridge linking the retail centre of Glenroy to the eastern side of the corridor to catalyse new opportunities for urban renewal.
Inspired by the basalt plains on which the site sits, a translucent canopy of perforated, anodised aluminium covers the station, forming a bold structure that allows for permeability through the station while maintaining visibility and safety. The scale of the station building is designed to appear grounded in the landscape, and over time to blend in with surrounding greenery as the landscape matures in future years.
Within the station, the soffit of the canopy and internal walls are a vibrant copper tone, referencing the industrial local context of the site, creating a striking accent and a warm, light environment for commuters. The design of the ground-level station includes two new lifts in conjunction with stair access to each platform, a waiting room with city views, undercover seating areas and improved lighting. This offers great benefit to the passengers and makes the station an enjoyable part of their commuting trip.
Collaborating with landscape architects Mala Studio, the project includes a new linear park running from the station entrance to Glenroy Road that will provide a pleasant passage between the activity centres of Post Office Place and Wheatsheaf Road. A linear bus interchange minimises space requirements for those in transit.
You can see the Glenroy Station write-up and see other awards winners at the GOV Design Awards website.
We are proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation, the Traditional Custodians of the Country in which Glenroy Station is located. We recognise their continuing connection to land, waters and culture.