Como Station Upgrade is complete
Degnan is delighted to announce the successful delivery of the Station Upgrade at Como for Transport for NSW. After more than 65,000 hours on-site and many more hours spent in design and collaboration with Transport for NSW, this upgrade is one of a kind showcasing solar innovations to the platform canopy, heritage reflections cast into concrete, and natural beauty exposed in the sandstone walls.
Como Station is now sustainably powered with solar energy during the day; this innovative Solar Photovoltaic Glass (PV) system provides a reliable, clean source of power and increases the resilience of Transport for NSW’s energy supply. This future smart solution demonstrates how sustainable technology and innovation can be integrated within the rail corridor whilst also having a strong visual aesthetic.
The upgrade includes two new lifts transporting customers from the car park to the platform through to the now well-lit underpass with natural light passing light through the purpose-built void on the platform. The underpass also boasts a beautiful, original artwork by Merindah Funnell, a local artist from the Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation. All amenities have been upgraded, and thoughtful new landscaping unifies the new structures with surrounding bushland to create a station the local community can proudly embrace.
We thank Transport for NSW and Sydney Trains for embracing and collaborating on the project’s visions. Special thanks also to all our staff and sub-contractors for bringing these visions to reality; it is an incredible, collaborative accomplishment that we are proud to have had a part in creating.
Take a virtual tour into 2022
The new look accessible Towradgi Station is expected to be completed in late 2022*
Key features include:
A new footbridge over the rail corridor connecting the platforms of Towradgi Station
Two new lifts which will have three stops including platform level, road/pedestrian level and footbridge level. Lift landings will also have weather protection canopies at the waiting areas
New footpaths to connect Towradgi Road and Weber Crescent to the station and the new footbridge, as well as footpaths to the new accessible car spaces and kiss and ride area
Two accessible parking spaces and a kiss and ride zone on Weber Crescent
New stairs on either side of the footbridge
New family accessible toilet to replace existing toilet
Replacement of platform shelters
Minor regrading and widening of the station platforms
Upgrades to closed circuit television (CCTV), lighting, handrails, drainage works, landscaping, wayfinding and signage
Construction of a new station services equipment room
*Estimated project completion times are subject to change.
GreenPower for the Towradgi Station Upgrade
Towradgi Station Upgrade powered by GreenPower™!
Just one of the initiatives being used to mitigate our impacts.
Degnan is committed to renewable energy and is now powering all site compound sheds on this project, with GreenPower™ from accredited renewable energy sources like wind, solar, water, and bioenergy. GreenPower™ is 100% clean electricity, it’s the only voluntary government accreditation program to guarantee electricity used is offset with power from renewable electricity sources.
First Reconciliation Plan Launched
This week Degnan Constructions has proudly launched our first Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
We have always been aware of the great value and contribution that First Nations communities, peoples, and businesses can provide, and throughout the process of developing our inaugural Reflect RAP, Degnan has shifted its focus to become an organisation that now has a stronger emphasis on collaboration and diversity for its people and processes.
This Reflect RAP is the formalisation of our past efforts of building on our awareness, understanding, and engagement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities. Our journey will start with key actions to be delivered over the next year, focusing on relationships, respect, opportunities, and governance.
We want to pave the way to walk hand in hand for a better future with enduring community benefits Managing Director, Chris Degnan
Fly into July 2021 for Race Running Australia
We are excited to be participating in Fly into July again this year!
With multiple teams made up of staff and clients, we have chosen to support Race Running Australia who helps people with a physical disability who have impaired balance, participate in sports that they otherwise could not have tried. Through Fly into July Running Australia are hoping to raise enough funds to purchase 25 running frames to support 5 sites across Australia!
Learn more about RaceRunning here.
Collaboration with disAbility at SGSCC
Our interactions with the disAbility group from St George Sutherland Community College (SGSCC) have been ongoing since day one of the Como Station Upgrade project, thanks to the commitment of our team, and the drive of Bronte Skeggs to involve as many SGSCC clients as possible on the project, offering them an opportunity to gain work experience outside of the normal offerings.
Our relationship with the SGSCC has grown from an initial Safety Walk with a handful of clients at the very beginning of the project, to an ongoing fortnightly Little Italy Cafe and now there are tools involved!
Earlier this month some of the Como Site staff teamed up with the SGSCC Woodworking team to create plywood formwork to refresh the planter boxes on the platform at Como Station.
Rail RUOK? Day 2021
Rail RUOK? is a reminder for all of us in the rail industry to check in with our workmates and ask R U OK? So on-site yesterday we followed the lead from our friends at TrackSAFE Foundation and R U OK? and took the opportunity to remind everyone that we should be asking R U OK?, every day.
As colleagues, we often experience the same struggles, and being there to listen and offer support to someone who doesn’t quite seem themselves can make a difference.
During National Safe Work Month 2020, we held a weekly awareness and voting event, with three Safety Champions voted for by their colleagues each week. Congratulations to Ellie Bowden on being our ultimate ONE Safe Workplace Champion.
Ellie is our Safety Support Lead and lives and breathes safety, so it’s not surprising she is our champion this year. There are so many reasons why Ellie received the most votes; essentially it is her ability to connect with everyone, simply and effectively to understand the importance of safety. She is always prepared, always willing, and consistently leading the way.
Although National Safe Work Month 2020 has come to an end, we will continue to keep health and safety front of mind and learn from our very own safety champions to enhance our excellent workplace safety culture.
Operations Control Centre (OCC) on schedule
Congratulations to our OCC Project team and the MTR team on having completed a number of milestones on schedule including the largest portion of the contract being the construction, services installation, and fitout. Trains, Systems, Operations, and Maintenance (TSOM) contractors are expected to start work in early December to install, test, and commission operational equipment for future requirements.
Increasing our Aboriginal Engagement
Introducing Peter Stavroulakis and Bronte Skeggs, who have teamed up to increase our engagement with the Aboriginal Community and chart the first steps in developing our own Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP).
Bronte has connected with Kurranulla Aboriginal Corporation, to gather local indigenous information and history and to ensure we are culturally aware and culturally appropriate throughout current projects and beyond.
Peter, our Commercial Manager, is working towards engaging with more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suppliers, through our Supply Nation membership. He also continues to educate staff on the opportunities this membership provides.
Our goal is to form partnerships and opportunities that respectfully involve Indigenous Australians to create broader economic, social, and cultural benefits for everyone involved.
Lift Replacement Rockdale Station
Degnan in conjunction with Liftronic Pty Limited has completed a safe and successful lift replacement at Rockdale Station for Sydney Trains, improving lift reliability and accessibility for commuters and the community.
Work included the removal of the original hydraulic lift installed in 2005, installation of a new lift car with an electronic motor, upgraded structural steel within the lift shaft, installation of new electrical sub-mains, and mechanical ventilation.