The new Pakenham Station building is starting to take shape, with work starting on the installation of the state-of-the-art roof canopy.
Opening in 2024 as part of the project to remove three dangerous and congested level crossings from Pakenham, the light-filled premium station will feature 14 skylights and a striking roof profile inspired by Pakenham’s rolling hills and bronze sunsets, brought to life by cutting-edge technology.
Creating this high-tech roof canopy was no easy feat for the design and construction team. They started by creating a mould for 258 roof panels, with production starting in March this year.
The team then used 2 very large format CNC (Computer Numeric Control) machines to cut the master patterns directly from a 3D file, which are then sanded to a polished surface. These CNC machines are the largest of their kind in the southern hemisphere.
The final product is made using ShapeShell, a fibre-composite material usually found in the aerospace and nautical industries, which allows the team to use less steel on the project and less energy in manufacturing and transporting the roof panels.
With modern facilities and more services, the new premium Pakenham Station will create safer and more direct links between public transport, the town centre and additional parking.
Work is also progressing well at the new East Pakenham Station, with kerbs being installed in the new commuter car park and work starting on the pedestrian underpass.
The project will remove the level crossings at McGregor Road, Main Street and Racecourse Road by building an elevated rail bridge over the roads, with 6 MCG’s worth of community open space created underneath for everyone to enjoy in 2024.