Construction on Glenroy Station is nearing completion, with the brand-new, state-of-the-art station precinct promising improved connectivity and safety, abundant green spaces and a premium station experience for local commuters.
The reuse of finite and natural resources and positive contribution to its surrounding context are primary considerations of the design, in line with Genton’s holistic approach to sustainability.
In recent weeks, the site team has prioritised installing Glenroy Station’s extensive 38-kilowatt solar power system, which will number 86 panels and offset 41,000 kilograms of greenhouse gas emissions per year. Together with the generator, the solar panels will enhance the station’s resilience, fortifying its capacity to withstand power outages and harsh weather conditions.
LED lighting is used throughout the precinct to minimise energy consumption, while a rainwater tank will support toilet flushing, reducing the demand on mains water by approximately 55%. e-Mesh, made from recycled plastic, will reinforce footpaths and bike paths around the station, and excavated railway ballast will be crushed underneath the asphalt of the station car park.
Helping to conserve water and provide natural habitat for native species in the rail corridor, close to 80% of the 160 trees and 24,000 grasses and shrubs to be planted throughout the precinct are indigenous to Victoria and draw from the original Western Plains Grasslands on which Glenroy resides.
Incorporating the University of Melbourne’s ‘Woody Meadow Project’, a ribbon of water-sensitive urban design will travel through the 600-vehicle carparks of Glenroy Station, bookended by woody meadows in the precinct’s north and south. The 230-metre linear park along Hartington Street will feature a large lawn area, native shrubs and grasses, plus seating, drinking foundations, shared-use paths for pedestrians and cyclists, and a bus interchange, creating a welcoming area for commuters.
Trees, plants and shrubs will be planted in mid-2022 when the weather is mild and conditions are ideal for planting. Glenroy Station is poised to open Saturday, 7 May.
Continue reading about this project via Genton’s Glenroy Station project profile.
Thank you to our client, the North West Program Alliance (Level Crossing Removal Project, Metro Trains Melbourne, John Holland and KBR inc.), for the opportunity to deliver this project in collaboration with landscape architects MALA studio.
We are proud to acknowledge the Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung 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.