Richmond Station Canopies

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In May 2015, Coleman Rail commenced works at Richmond Station in Melbourne to extend the station’s canopies along the platforms and ramps, improving shelter for all commuters. The project, awarded by Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM), will include preparing the platforms for shelter footings and new shelters along platforms 1-10.

Richmond Station, a major interchange hub within Melbourne’s extensive train network, provides a portal to some of the city’s most iconic sporting and entertainment complexes including the MCG, Rod Laver Arena, Hisense Arena and AAMI Park. The busy nature of the station means that the works being undertaken are imperative to the city’s ongoing improvements to its infrastructure and public transport system. Providing better-quality shelter at the station will ensure that commuters are less exposed to the elements, therefore improving safety.

Although project completion time was anticipated to take approximately six months, the project looks set to be completed by end of September 2015 (~4½ months) thanks to Coleman Rail’s efficiency of project delivery.

Key personnel working on the Richmond Station Canopies Upgrade Project includes: Project Manager, Will Street; Project Engineer, Aaron Chan; and Site Supervisor, Scott Rerden. The team is working together to ensure the quality of the project delivery by developing and administering the following innovations on site:

  • fabrication of a special Manitou attachment to lift steel beams, and rotate and install from underneath with no headroom above; and
  • designing a lightweight steel canopy structure, enabling the use of lightweight lifting devices to raise steelwork during live platform and train running.


Recently Coleman Rail undertook an occupation over the Queen’s Birthday weekend, which provided the team with a 48-hour window to construct the two northern platform canopies and ramps. Within the first shift the team had successfully erected all steel structures as well as completed a large proportion of the electrical wiring.

Despite these advances, Melbourne’s severe wind conditions posed a serious threat to the roofing works being completed within the allocated timeframe. The team managed to secure additional roofers  at the last minute to finish the weekend on time.

Project Manager, Will Street, was extremely pleased with the progress his team was able to make despite the conditions: “We had a tight window to get all of the works completed and the wind was causing some real concerns.

“However, thanks to a lot hard work from everyone on site, we managed to complete all works within the set timeframe, capping off a very successful weekend.

“I’m very pleased with the progress. We’ve managed to minimise commuter disruption by performing works partially during live operations and managing a flexible work schedule to avoid major event periods,” Will said.

Works at Richmond Station will continue through September.

Please visit the Public Transport Victoria (PTV) website for more information about the upgrade: .