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Browns Plains Bus Station Upgrade

Project Scope

This project located in Browns Plains and adjoining the Grand Plaza shopping aimed to:

  • Provide more passenger waiting space.
  • Provide new fully sheltered platforms with comfortable seating, security cameras and lighting.
  • Improve pedestrian and cyclist connectivity between the bus station, the shopping centre and Browns Plains Road.
  • Improve accessibility for all customers and ensure compliance with disability access standards.
  • Introduce a designated kiss 'n' ride area to drop-off and pick-up passengers.
  • Introduce bicycle storage facilities.

  • A particularly challenging aspect of the contract involved the management and coordination of public utilities and service providers. An unknown existing gas main, together with Energex cables and an Optus fibre optic cable, ran through the centre of one of the new bus indents. This necessitated the re-design of several elements of the work and the reprogramming of a number of operations in order to mitigate delays to the project. Furthermore, due to the location of the project, working space was at a premium and operations required careful coordination and separation to ensure a safe working environment.

    With the existing bus station remaining operational during the contract it was vital that the works be staged in a manner to ensure minimal disruption to Translink patrons. Through constant liaison with the Translink Network Planning Team and through the development and implementation of detailed traffic management schemes this was successfully achieved. Similarly, the Grand Plaza Shopping Centre could not be adversely affected by the works and through a combination of consultation and detailed planning this was also achieved.

    Due to the constant need to re-design components of the work, following the discovery of numerous unknown factors, a dynamic construction team that could work collaboratively with the Superintendent was required. Positive feedback from both DTMR and Translink is testimony to the above being the case.

    The contract was completed a month prior to the Date for Practical Completion and without major safety or environmental incident. By all reports the Browns Plains Bus Station Upgrade has met all expectations and objectives.

    Key Staff

  • Ben Dyson – Construction Manager
  • Bryce Wilson – Project Manager
  • Dale Leisegang – Project Engineer
  • Rob Forrest – Site Supervisor

  • Challenges

  • Restricted and confined work areas required meticulous planning and comprehensive safety procedures.

  • Flexibility and the need to constantly reprogram works was required due to the large no. of unknown services.

  • Accommodation of both Translink and Grand Plaza clientele.
    • Project:

      Browns Plains Bus Station Upgrade

    • Location:

      Browns Plains, Qld

    • Client:

      Department of Transport and Main Roads

    • Practical Completion:

      September 2014

    • Contract Period:

      32 Weeks

    • Contract Value:

      $5.7 million