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Penrith Station Water Tank Refurbishment

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Penrith Station Water Tank Refurbishment (Heritage)

MMS Group are currently completing refurbishment works of the heritage listed Water Tank at Penrith Railway Station in NSW. Built in 1921, it is the last remaining water tank on the Sydney Trains Network and is a significant element in the railway yard that represents the use of steam era railway technology. 

The refurbishment commenced in May 2020 with the aim to clean, repair, stabilise, and remediate the decommissioned Water Tank. Repair works involve abrasive blasting back to clean steel; in-situ welding and fabrication of additional supporting steel; priming and coating of the structure; repair or replacement of timber elements; removal of vegetation; and cleaning/coating of concrete base for long-term stability. 

The proximity of the tank to the tracks and overhead high voltage lines required the design, approval and installation of  a unique scaffolding system that included the erection of an engineer approved 12 metre high pvc panel wall to insulate the structure from the high voltage electricity and protect our team whilst working on the structure.

Environmental testing confirmed the presence of hazardous lead paint on the tank and its supporting structure so MMS ensured the safety of our team and the public by carrying out regular air quality monitoring and the installation of scaffold encapsulation to ensure the safe removal of the lead paint through the abrasive blasting process.

Throughout the refurbishment Sydney Trains heritage consultants monitored our work to ensure we met the scope of works for the project.

MMS were able to successfully complete this project within 7 weeks of commencing work onsite and are delighted to have played our part in the restoration of this important historical piece of the rail network.