Customer: Department of Infrastructure
Contract: Construct only
Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The Department of Infrastructure awarded McConnell Dowell the construction contract for the North Melbourne Railway Station Upgrade located in inner city Melbourne, Victoria.
North Melbourne Station is a strategic hub for passengers to interchange from trains from the northern, western and south-western parts of Melbourne and country Victoria. Over two million people use the station each year and the introduction of extra services to meet regional and metropolitan demand will see this number double in the future.To cater for this growth the station was being upgraded to improve passenger comfort, safety and amenity.
Working around live rail and with the objective of not impacting rail services, McConnell Dowell's scope included:
- a new station building providing improved amenity to rail commuters;
- a new concourse extending over the city end of the station, connecting a new entrance to all six platforms via lifts, escalators and stairs;
- new passenger information displays; canopies over platforms for weather protection;
- resurfaced platforms to improve safety and amenity, especially for people with disabilities or mobility problems; and
- additional closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras to improve passenger safety and security.
The challenge for the McConnell Dowell team was to develop an approach that allowed construction works to continue safely above active train lines and platforms. A temporary canopy structure was developed which completely isolated the work face from commuters and train operations below.
This project was the recipient of a Victorian CCF Earth Award, recognising the excellence in construction techniques, environmental management and project management.