Underground Space

Melbourne Underground Rail Loop – concourse level of Flagstaff Station. Image courtesy: Public Transport Corporation of Victoria.

Inspired by an idea contributed by a consulting engineer, the project was initiated in 1995 to capture the significant growth in underground technologies, services and development that had occurred across the globe at that time and apply them to development in Australian cities.

The Warren Centre adopted the project concept because of the opportunity to utilise skills and capabilities in the Engineering Faculty’s Civil Engineering Department and to develop further the linkages with engineers working on a number of underground projects, particularly in the Sydney area.

The aim of the project was to develop strategies, supported by engineering technology, for integrating the use of underground space into the fabric of urban development

CONVENTIONAL PLANNING METHODOLOGY

The project used conventional strategic planning methodology to plan the use of underground space and develop engineering technologies to use underground space.

Strategists, developers, engineers, financiers, lawyers, sociologists, environmentalists, scientists from government and the private sector, guided by Professor Sterling, were involved. The project was supported by an extensive public awareness campaign.
The project’s working parties made recommendations addressing the following issues:

  • Strategic planning
  • Case studies in Australia and overseas
  • Planning issues
  • Environmental implications
  • Transport
  • Financing
  • Legal aspects
  • Geotechnical aspects
  • Underground technology
  • Research and development

FINAL REPORTS

The project outcomes were contained in a published report:

Project recommendations related to:

  • Initiation of efforts in Australian urban areas to plan use of the underground and incorporate that use in planning schemes to protect future opportunities for development
  • Development of legislation to rationalise issues of ownership of underground space Research and development of technologies to ‘see through the ground’ to improve database and graphical information systems and to develop visual software for this purpose.

 

PLANNERS INCORPORATE UNDERGROUND SPACE FACTORS

  • The City of Sydney has developed a strategic plan for use of the underground resources of the SYDNEY CBD
  • New South Wales rail authorities have developed forward plans to preserve the underground for future rail extensions
  • Liverpool Council in Sydney has preserved the bus/rail interchange area for eventual undergrounding of the rail line
  • The east/west cross-city tunnel in the Sydney CBD proceeded
  • There is no doubt that the project has increased the awareness amongst the urban planning and development community of the potential uses of underground space. The smallest example of this is the now annual conference addressing this subject
  • The private sector has developed systems, initiated by The Warren Centre, ‘to see through’ the underground

Underground Space

Inspired by an idea contributed by a consulting engineer, the project was initiated in 1995 to capture the significant growth in underground technologies, services and development that had occurred across the globe at that time and apply them to development in Australian cities.

The Warren Centre adopted the project concept because of the opportunity to utilise skills and capabilities in the Engineering Faculty’s Civil Engineering Department and to develop further the linkages with engineers working on a number of underground projects, particularly in the Sydney area.

Executive Summary (PDF, 2.3MB) Technical Papers (PDF, 15.2MB)

     

 
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