A project to remove dangerous level crossings on railway lines in Melbourne has taken out the top award at the prestigious Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards announced in Melbourne on Thursday night.
Archiblox were thrilled to be part of this project designing and prefabricating the Dandenong Signal Control Centre which is the crucial link of operations for the Dandenong and Pakenham train lines, one of the four main train arterials in the metro rail network of metropolitan Melbourne. Archiblox was commissioned to manufacture this building and undertook the construction off-site within a facility in Derrimut, Victoria, transporting to a location within Dandenong.
Holistically, rail network projects are fraught with complexities and risk given the highly hazardous nature of working within the rail corridor and the obligations required for safe work. Engaging Archiblox to facilitate this project within our off-site prefabrication model allowed overall project risk to be mitigated, both from the operational health and safety concern and the prospect of weather delays experienced on-site. Minimising risk was integral to ensuring this project was successful in keeping to its tight schedule, because although it was relatively small in size, it was the single key project of a total $1.5 billion infrastructure project for the rail network. If completion of the project was pushed out by even a day, the consequence would have been the loss of millions of dollars.
The awards ceremony held at the newly refurbished Forum in the CBD, filled to capacity with nearly 350 guests, and MC’d by The Project’s Gorgi Coghlan, was billed as one of the best in the awards’ history.