project management of a new palisade high security fence.
Powercor’s North Geelong depot required the resolution of three significant issues; significant and sensitive in-ground gas infrastructure located along the lengths of the western and southern boundaries, the location of sewer and stormwater pipes and pits servicing Powercor’s depot, and an active regional rail yard and rail corridor adjacent to the eastern boundary.
Despite early objections to the proposed security fence by the gas authority, a favourable outcome was negotiated that allowed the construction of the new palisade high security fence. After a lengthy application process, permits were also provided by the rail authority and their requirements well documented prior to the construction stage. Sections of the existing sewer and stormwater were also relocated, with microtunnelling adopted as the best approach to minimise the need to demolish and reinstate significant areas of hardstand, asphalt and concrete swale drains.
The project comprised the construction of a new palisade high security fence to the northern, southern, eastern and western boundaries of Powercor’s depot in North Geelong. The scope of our project management services included:
- Procurement of design consultants
- Supervision of on-site investigations
- Review all design documentation and advice
- Submission of all permit applications
- Administration of all Consultant Services Agreements
Key considerations and challenges for the project included:
- Authority approval to construct sections of the high security fence adjacent to significant and sensitive in-ground gas infrastructure
- Authority approval to construct sections of the high security fence adjacent to an active rail yard and rail corridor
- Testing and determination of contaminated soil classifications
- Address and resolve council concerns and queries regarding the design
- Liaise with Powercor staff and contractors to determine appropriate staging of the works