Celebrating the Bell to Moreland project at the 2023 Victorian Architecture Awards

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The level crossings at Bell Street, Munro Street and Reynard Street in Coburg and Moreland Road in Brunswick were removed in 2020 by building a 2.5km section of elevated rail, with 2 new stations at Coburg and Moreland.

Since its completion, the project has won sustainability and landscape architecture awards, and this year adds some special mentions from the Victorian Architecture Awards.

The Victorian Architecture Awards serve to recognise best practice in the field and inspire others to continue striving to positively shape communities through architecture.

The Bell to Moreland project received commendations for Public Architecture and Urban Design, with the jury stating:

The Bell to Moreland Level Crossing Removal Project is an exemplary example of urban design, delivering significant enhancements for the local community and the everyday experience of the commuter.

Since it opened in 2021, the new community space has changed a former rail corridor into a vibrant and active urban precinct, promoting community health, inclusion and a sustainable connection to nature.

A section of the Upfield Shared Use Path was upgraded, and brand-new community open spaces created, including:

  • half basketball courts, table tennis tables, skate and parkour areas
  • playgrounds
  • exercise equipment
  • a dog park.

The project has delivered improved east-west connections, sustainable landscaping, additional bike parking and new station car parking.

Level Crossing Removal Bell Street, CoburgMoreland Road, BrunswickMunro Street, CoburgReynard Street, Coburg