Epping BridgeEpping Bridge

The Client

Fernandes Constructions is a renowned civil engineering construction company who have been in the industry for more than 30 years. Their company vision is to “maintain consolidated growth”. The company is highly regarded and well respected in many aspects of construction but are recognised mostly for their specialisation in bridge construction.

The Challenge

Fernandes Constructions sought initial design advice from Barnson who were enthusiastic to embark on a major project that involved working closely with Government bodies. Barnson were subsequently engaged to assist in the design of a covered overpass pedestrian walkway bridge with wheelchair access lifts at either end of the bridge, from Epping Railway Station across Beecroft Road.

Our Approach

The impetus for such a walkway came with the building of a new Epping Railway Station. The State Government’s Transport Infrastructure Development Corporation (TIDC) required a practical and complementary bridge to cater to the needs of all railway commuters. Fernandes Constructions won the tender to design and construct the overpass pedestrian bridge and associated infrastructure and with Barnson on board, Fernandes Construction began the project in 2006.

This was Barnson’s first exposure to a major project dealing with Sydney-based Roads and Traffic Authority and the State Rail Authority yet Barnson was able to achieve and satisfy the many challenges relating to governmental regulations and requirements. Getting designs approved by the government client, though challenging at times was greatly enhanced by Barnson having regular design meetings and keeping the lines of client communication open at all times. It should be acknowledged that such challenges are not unusual in a government-based project and in a location such as this.

Barnson kept informed and up to date with the latest government-based regulations and constraints throughout the project and as a result they gained a significant amount of knowledge on working within the guidelines of government departments.

The Result

When significant client-initiated additions were made involving urban renewal and streetscape works, Barnson were able to produce additional documentation and design work in limited time and not only satisfied the client's requirements, but also local government requirements. One of the reasons that the project was a success was the availability of senior, key personnel from Barnson who readily became involved in regular meetings and phone calls etc. This project has certainly met the expectations of Barnson and Fernandes Constructions with both companies enjoying a professional and amicable working relationship with one another with the end result being a visually pleasing, modern and practical overpass pedestrian bridge at Epping Railway Station.