In 2000, the Victorian Government announced a redevelopment of Spencer Street Railway Station under a Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangement (the Project).
The Southern Cross Station Authority (SCSA) (known as Spencer Street Station Authority prior to a change of name in 2005) was established under the Rail Corporations and Transport (Amendment) Act 1999.
The Authority commenced operations on 1 July 2000 to manage the station precinct and the development or redevelopment, of the precinct for transport and related purposes, including commercial or public purposes.
On completion of Project's capital works, Southern Cross Station Proprietary Limited assumed responsibility for operation and maintenance of the facility for a 30-year term.
The Authority's objectives have changed to now include:
- to monitor and assess the private management and operation of Southern Cross Station based on a Key Performance Indicator regime on behalf of the State Government;
- to manage a number of State capital projects within the precinct.
Lubetkin Prize, international award for architecture:
Southern Cross Station was awarded the Lubetkin Prize by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) in June 2007. The Lubetkin Prize was awarded annually by the RIBA to what was judged to be the 'most outstanding new building located outside the European Union' for 2005(?).
The Station was designed by international firm, Grimshaw Architects.
The Authority was abolished on 31 July 2009 following commencement of the Transport Legislation General Amendments Act 2009. Section 8 of this Act inserted a new section 120 to the Rail Corporations Act 1996 to this effect. All rights, property and assets vested in the Authority were vested in the Secretary of the Department of Transport.