Trader information

  Construction start date   15 January 2018 
  Project completion   May/June 2019 (expected) car park
  September/October 2019 (expected) urban parkland
  Contractor   Kane Constructions
  Hours of work   7am to 8pm | Monday to Friday
  8am to 8pm | Saturday 
  Contractor contact   P: 0478 808 737  
  Trader meetings   Next meeting
  Monday 21 January 2019 
  Prahran Town Hall (enter off Greville Street)

Latest News

Site shutdown - 22 December 2018 to 8 January 2019
Construction on Cato Square and the surrounding streets will halt from 22 December 2018 to 8 January 2019.

Workers will be back on site on Wednesday 9 January 2019.

During the shutdown, all surrounding streets will be open to traffic.

For urgent matters please call 0417 380 141 or 0422 071 174.


Street improvement works
Improvement works to the surrounding street will recommence from 9 January 2019, as detailed in the Kane Construction notice(PDF, 3MB).

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Construction updates

17 December: Construction update - Works period 01/12/2018 - 31/12/2018(PDF, 3MB)  

29 October: Construction update - Works period 01/11/2018 - 30/11/2018(PDF, 440KB)

24 September: Construction update - Works period 01/10/2018 - 31/10/2018(PDF, 293KB)

21 August: Construction update - Works period 01/09/2018 - 30/09/2018(PDF, 548KB)  

16 July: Construction update - Works period 01/08/2018 - 31/08/2018(PDF, 691KB)

20 June: Construction update - Works period 01/07/2018 - 31/07/2018(PDF, 652KB)

25 May: Construction update - Works period 01/06/2018 - 30/06/2018

26 April: Construction update - Works period 01/05/2018 - 31/05/2018

23 March: Construction update - Works period 01/04/2018 - 30/04/2018

27 February: Construction update - Works period 01/03/2018 - 31/03/2018

7 February: Construction update - Works period 05/02/2018 - 28/02/2018

29 January: Construction update - Works period 29/01/2018 - 10/02/2018

19 January: Construction update - Works period 22/01/2018 - 03/02/2018

12 January: Construction update - Works period 15/01/2018 - 25/01/2018


View the car parking during construction page for information on parking options in and around the site.

Streetscape improvement works

Commencing in mid to late 2018 the street surrounding Cato Square will be subject to improvement works, to complement the project.

When complete, changes to pedestrian and traffic flow will occur on streets adjacent to Cato Square:

  • Wattle Street adjacent to the square to be pedestrian only
  • Cato Street adjacent to the square to become a shared zone, with pedestrian priority and access for business deliveries
  • Chatham Street widened to accommodate on street parking, and remain open to two-way traffic
  • Izett Street widened to accommodate entry to underground car park, and remain open to two-way traffic; and
  • Wattle Street between Cato and Chapel street converted to one-way traffic, east bound.

These works will require some short term road closures.  Kane Constructions will work with traders to minimise impact and maintain access for deliveries.

Construction schedules will be relayed to traders as soon as available.

Small Business Mentoring Services

Council has partnered with Small Business Mentoring Services (SBMS) for the duration of the project.

SBMS are an experienced mentoring service who have worked extensively with small businesses during  level crossing removal projects across Melbourne.

Businesses in the precinct have the opportunity to enter into a tailored SBMS mentoring program, and can access three sessions with an experienced SBMS mentor. Mentoring sessions with SBMS are private, held with experienced business people and are designed to help with:

  • planning how your business can maximise opportunities pre, during and post construction
  • marketing to maintain and grow your customer base during and post construction
  • staff issues
  • financial concerns and opportunities
  • business development and working through periods of potential disruption
  • maximising business opportunities post construction.

To book mentoring visit the Small Business Mentoring Service website and use the voucher code STONNCATO3

Pre-construction trader updates

In the lead up to construction updates were distributed to traders and businesses in the Cato Street precinct:

February 2018

January 2018

December 2017

October 2017

August 2017
July 2017

May 2017