THE CHALLENGE – BUILD AND INSTALL PLATFORM CANOPIES IN A WAY THAT PREVENTS PASSENGER DISRUPTION
Kingsland Station is near Eden Park, New Zealand’s largest rugby stadium. When there’s a big game at the park, rail is the transportation of choice for thousands of spectators.
To cope with numbers during the 2011 Rugby World Cup (RWC), the station was upgraded to allow as many as 15,000 rugby fans to move through in just 70 minutes. As part of the upgrade, rail platforms were lengthened to 377 feet. The challenge for Structurflex was to design, engineer, fabricate, and install canopies for the new platforms in time for the RWC without disrupting passenger services.
THE SOLUTION – OFF-SITE ASSEMBLY FOR QUICK ON-SITE INSTALLATION
The platform canopies were designed so that they could be completely assembled at our studios and then transported safely to the site for installation. Installation was timed for either a weekend line shutdown or after the last train had left at night.
The upgraded Kingsland Station was ready for the start of the RWC, in in spite of unrelenting rain during the construction period. Feedback from Auckland Transport has been thoroughly positive. Passengers appreciate the shelter from rain and wind, particularly in the winter rugby season.
Auckland, New Zealand
Tensile Membrane Structure
Type 1b - PES Waterproof Membrane
750M2 / 8,072FT2
Brewer Davidson Architects
Train station canopies installed in time for the Rugby World Cup kickoff
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