Architectural Cladding Suppliers Project: Craigieburn Train Wash

The  Craigieburn Train Wash project involved the design and build one of the largest and most modern train maintenance facilities in Australia to support Melbourne’s growing fleet of trains. An organic design was developed by architects to complement the site’s natural form and honour the facilities purpose as a functional and mechanised space. 


The design challenge was to create a 21st century facility spanning 20,000 sqm that honoured its purpose as a highly functional and mechanised space. The project scope included track work, signalling, overhead line design, maintenance roads, bogie pits, train roof access, overhead cranes, tools store, mobile equipment, open yard storage, parking, roads, security, landscaping and staff accommodation.


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The design was developed in consultation with numerous end-users that included unions, train drivers, vehicle maintenance and administration staff. The roof features an organic design sweeping towards the earth that is complementary to the site’s natural form. The facility takes on distinctly different perspectives as you move around its perimeter and references the rolling hills of Mount Ridley in the distance.


Water is captured off the building’s roof to supply a 125,000 litre rain water tank. This water is used throughout the building and by the train wash facility and amenities. Hydronic in-slab heating has been used in the workshop’s floor and cross flow ventilation has been maximised to reduce the need for mechanical cooling. The choice of materials provided for the facility’s 50-year life cycle are heavily insulated against the natural elements.


The highly technical nature of the project demanded that all suppliers worked hard together to deliver an amazing solution.


Walling and Cladding Materials included: COLORBOND® steel Interlocking Cladding.


Sourcing your walling, cladding and roofing materials from Architectural Cladding Suppliers makes project management easy. We have the supply connections and quality products to service your building project needs from start to finish.