New Brisbane Metro facility takes a step closer to construction

Monica Gameng   |   March 25, 2021
Aerial shot of Brisbane Metro Depot (cr: Brisbane City Council)

A new facility for the maintenance and operation of up to 60 Metro vehicles will soon be built in Brisbane’s south following the awarding of a design and construction contract to ADCO Construction Pty Ltd. 

The $64 million Brisbane Metro Depot project is part of the Brisbane City Council's Brisbane Metro development. 

Design is already underway and major construction on the new facility is set to commence in mid-2021. 

ADCO is partnering with nettletontribe Architects, Bornhorst+Ward, Integral Group and Shamrock Civil Engineering for the delivery of this project. 

The Brisbane Metro Depot is going to be approximately 10 hectares in size and it is the largest as well as the most technologically advanced in Australia. 

Brisbane-Metro-depot-line-map_cmyk_D09Project map (source: Brisbane City Council)

The facility – located at School Road in Rochedale, adjacent the South East Busway – will feature: 

  • Storage and maintenance for the new battery electric Brisbane Metro fleet, initially 60 vehicles 
  • Flash charging technology which can recharge a Brisbane Metro vehicle in under six minutes 
  • A large solar photovoltaic system to offset some operational demands for Brisbane Metro 
  • Staff facilities, including on-site parking 
  • Capacity to accommodate growth to the fleet in line with future service requirements 

Construction on the Brisbane Metro Depot is due to be completed in 2023, before the delivery of the new Metro vehicle fleet. 

The Brisbane Metro development will be delivering a new 21-kilometre, turn-up-and-go train network that includes two lines linking 18 stations from Eight Mile Plains to Roma Street as well as Royal Brisbane Women's Hospital to University of Queensland. 

Brisbane City Council has awarded the Collaborative Partnership contract to the Brisbane Move consortium, which is comprised of ACCIONA Construction Australia Pty Ldt and Arup Australia Projects Pty Ltd. 

The Collaborative Partnership contract will get Brisbane Move to design and deliver major infrastructure works for Brisbane Metro in partnership with the Council. 

Major construction on the project is expected to begin in 2022. 

The entire Brisbane Metro development is anticipated to create up to 2,600 jobs during the design and construction phase. 

Source: ADCO Constructions; Brisbane City Council (1, 2, 3); Inside Construction 

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