Design competition launched to transform railway station

October 10, 2016 by  

The Frankston Train Station, which services rail passengers from throughout the City, including Seaford, is to be the focus of a national design competition.

The contest has been launched to breathe new life into the station, which originally opened in 1882.

Frankston MP Paul Edbrooke said the search was on for the best design that truly represented modern day Frankston.

He said the current station has been the butt of much criticism, including concerns about it being uninviting, dark and unsafe, and believe it is time for it to be transformed into something much more appealing.

The aim of the latest competition is to attract some of Australia’s top architects and their best ideas and graphic designs, said the local MP.

Mayor of Frankston James Dooley said designs that are human, welcoming and contain plenty of character will be particularly welcomed.

The national competition winner will be revealed in February next year, followed by the commencement of work in late 2017.

Edbrooke said the $13m Young Street redevelopment was also on track with the works contract being awarded to construction and engineering company Seymour Whyte.

The project, which is expected to be finished by May 2017, will see the introduction of a bus interchange, shelters, seating, and wider footpaths.

He said a transit precinct redevelopment hub will open soon at Young Street’s former Eren’s store.