The delivery phase of this project has achieved alignment with the NSW Government’s Action Plan through a range of initiatives that meet the highest standards of integrity, sustainability, quality, innovation, diversity and inclusiveness by delivering social benefits as a part of the investment in the state’s infrastructure.
The station upgrade includes:
Point 9: Improve skills and training
Minimum levels of training consistent with the Infrastructure Skills Legacy Program (ISLP) were set, by promoting the following:
Point 10: Increase industry diversity
Regular monitoring of diversity targets was undertaken as part of monthly reporting and Contract Control Group (CCG) meetings. The project aimed to increase diversity in the construction sector by setting targets to:
The project focused on early engagement, collaboration and coordination with the Main Contractor to agree to targets and key initiatives in the contract, including a commitment to monthly reporting and reviews of performance. The engagement process was open and transparent with regular communication with the Main Contractor and their subcontractors to drive quality, innovation, sustainability, resource skill suitability and inclusive practices within the submissions to achieve value for money.
Throughout the project, regular monitoring of targets and key initiatives, performance and resource needs were included in the reporting and monthly Contract Control Group (CCG) meetings in order to identify and address changing needs to support the successful delivery of targets.
The project has been successfully completed and has achieved the initiatives detailed in Point 9 and Point 10.
Improving skills and training
The project achieved and, in some trades, exceeded the target of 20% of all labour to be apprentices or “learning workers”. There were challenges for the Main Contractor to engage resources that require training or upskilling when they are delivering a government infrastructure project to a fixed lump sum cost. By implementing strategies to address skills gaps, the electrical contractor on the project has 30.5% of workers as apprentices.
Improved efficiency and sustainability
Throughout the project, the dependency on rail possessions through off-site prefabrication was reduced, decreasing activity in the rail corridor and improving overall safety. For instance, the footbridge deck, platform stairs and platform lift shaft blade walls were installed in a single possession. Construction duration was also reduced by using prefabricated platform raising planks (to reduce the step from train deck to platform) – each platform was completed in a single possession. Sustainability was improved by targeting an “Excellent” ISCA sustainability rating.
Support for local suppliers
The project improved the local market capability and supported the local economy by using domestic labour and manufacturers.
Increase industry diversity
Aboriginal Participation exceeded the contractual target expenditure of 1.5% of the contract sum, with 3.61% reported by the Main Contractor in December 2019.
Furthermore, implementing the Ambassador program provided children from local schools with an opportunity to actively partake in their community, and contribute to its legacy. The Program entailed children personalising pavers, which were subsequently installed at the station’s entrance.