New frontage for workshop

A memorial walk is planned as part of the Hillside Workshops redevelopment. GRAPHIC: KIWIRAIL
A memorial walk is planned as part of the Hillside Workshops redevelopment. GRAPHIC: KIWIRAIL
A much more appealing frontage on Hillside Rd and a memorial walk to recognise the history of rail at the site and in Dunedin is planned as part of the $105million redevelopment of the Hillside Workshops.

KiwiRail chief operating officer for construction delivery Robert Gibbes said consents had been lodged and preparation was under way for the next stage of the project.

Staged demolition was starting this year, and the new site was expected to be operational by mid-late 2023.

Detailed design work for the redevelopment was being carried out at present.

Around 70 people were working on the project and those numbers were expected to grow as the work progressed, Mr Gibbes said.

Redevelopment at the Hillside Workshops includes plans for a more attractive frontage. GRAPHIC:...
Redevelopment at the Hillside Workshops includes plans for a more attractive frontage. GRAPHIC: KIWIRAIL
The redevelopment of the site would include a new wagon assembly facility costing $85million, and a near $20million remake of the mechanical workshop, where up to 20 locomotives or wagons could be worked on at a time.

A new wagon assembly facility would complete two wagons a day, with an expectation that at least 1500 wagons would be built over three years.

There would be a new traverser, cranes and jacks, and electric shunt engines, as well as new shared offices and workshops.

When the work was complete more than 100 KiwiRail staff would work from the site, Mr Gibbes said.

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