Posted on May 13, 2013 by Webber Architects
Construction of the Hamilton North UGL Wheelhouse Lathe Depot has just been completed. UGLs scope included a warehouse addition to accommodate an in-ground rail wheel lathe; new rail lines through the warehouse addition; and a new rail line through the existing warehouse.
One of the architectrual features of the project included 50m in length and 6m in height precast concrete fire wall along the Great Northern Railway Corridor. Light and heat were a concern around the new wheelhouse lathe, therefore this required a new warehouse with eight industrial fans installed and a series of fibreglass roof panels to allow natural light into the space and provide a high heat resistance due to the locomotives in use below. The bulk of the building was finished in a lightweight cladding to match the existing warehouse.
The project was a fast tracked collaboration between:
– Webber Architects – Architects
– United Goninan’s Limited (UGL) – Client
– APP Corporation – Project Managers
– Lindsay & Dynan – Engineers
– Aecom – Service Consultants
– Romburg Rail – Rail Consultants
– Power Solutions – High Voltage Consultants
– BPK Building Approvals – Private Certifying Authority
This project was presented with several challenges which the team was more than capable of resolving. These challenges included rail authority requirements, geotechnical specifications, disables requirements, fire separation, acoustic requirements, access and egress, short documentation timeframes and circulation.
The wheel lathe manufactured by German company Hegenscheidt MFD, has been installed and is now in operation, with final touches being completed on the project.