After establishing its Western Australia office 2012, York Civil breaks ground with the award of a major contract for the $31 million Stage 2 North Quay Rail Terminal construction.

The project for Fremantle Ports involves expanding the terminal from 400m to 690m with the aim of reducing truck traffic to and from the port. By improving access for container transfer on and off cargo trains, thereby enabling shorter turnaround times, it is hoped that the expansion will assist in making rail a more competitive option as a means of transporting containers to and from the busy port.

North Quay Rail TerminalApplying York Civil’s extensive experience in managing multi-disciplinary projects, Stage 2 involved expansion works between two existing container terminals, the extension of Port Beach Road, and the extension of rail tracks within the terminal with all work to be undertaken while the terminal remains fully operational.

It also involved demolition and disposal works, earthworks, roadworks, stormwater drainage systems and track works. York Civil also designed and constructed a maintenance shed, office building, a self-bunded fuel tank and a fuel dispensing slab.

High mast electrical lighting formed part of the electrical works, along with a new electrical distribution supply. Extension of the existing fire hydrant system and water supply to all new buildings and installation of communication ducts also formed part of the project along with installation of security fencing and gates, and the supply and installation of a new oil-water treatment system.

Challenges included ensuring two of the existing rail tracks remain operational at all times and access to terminal users was also available at all times. Further impacting the project, access to the full project site was not possible until November 2013. With a project start date in August 2013, this posed considerable programming and staging challenges. Nonetheless, our Pre-Contracts team delivered a detailed program and staging plans accommodating all of the above conditions without hindering the project team’s ability to meet the project’s milestones and delivery dates.

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