This contract was for the refurbishment of the platform canopies on platforms 1 & 2 at the Wellington Railway Station. Specifically the project involved:
All this work had to be completed whilst maintaining the operational integrity of the platform to ensure that normal rail services could continue throughout the duration of the works.
This project presented a number of significant challenges, particularly around the management of lead-based paint in a very public space and the need to maintain rail services throughout the duration of the works. In addition to this, the project team were also forced to work in a difficult industrial relations climate due to the renegotiation of the train drivers collective employment agreement that was taking place at the time.
The existing canopy support structure was in very poor condition and was coated in lead-based paint. A robust and very high quality containment system was built inside the rail access envelope to within 150mm of the actual rail vehicle to address concerns about lead exposure to the travelling public and to maintain full operability of the platform. It also involved liaison and careful management of the works adjacent to the overhead traction conductors