Open Weave Mesh for Ballarat Rail Revival

May 31, 2019

ABOUT THE PROJECT: 

Lend Lease in partnership with Coleman Rail and SME are currently working on the Regional Rail Revival in Victoria. The upgrade includes a series of projects including upgrades to the Ballarat Line. In Ballarat, workers are building new tracks and upgrading existing tracks between Deer Park West and Melton.

Standing just 1.6 metres from the edge of the track, a safety fence protects workers from trains travelling at up to 160 kilometres per hour. More than 15 kilometres of this safety fencing was installed to ensure work could take place whilst the trains are still running. This, in turn, minimised the disruption to commuters.

On this fencing, and around the site storage areas on the platforms, mesh banners were required to improve the look of the site and screen areas from public view. Some equipment was stored on the station platforms and this needed to be visually separated from the operating transport system.

The project managers sought a branded fence mesh that could promote the public relations aspects of the project, using printed mesh to advise commuters and the wider public where they could go to find out more information.

OUR SOLUTION: OPEN WEAVE MESH 

During construction, Fence Banner Mesh was contracted to supply and install Lend Lease with over 10 kilometres of open weave mesh banners to be fixed to the safety fencing.

Throughout this project, over 10 kilometres of Fence Banner Mesh’s custom printed fence mesh was required to screen the area, control dust and debris, and communicate to the public about the ongoing works.

Open weave mesh is a great solution for high wind or coastal exposed sites or situations where the wind is a concern. The fabric prints with the same high quality as our premium mesh. However, the 50% block-out open weave allows wind to pass through, without making the mesh act as a sail.

Workers installed the high impact purple mesh throughout various areas in the rail corridor. This unified branding contributed to the cohesiveness of the project which encompassed a range of sites across rural Victoria.

Construction started on the Ballarat Line Upgrade in October 2017, and will continue until the end of 2019. The overall upgrade is valued at $518 million.

 

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