Mortuary Railway Station

Client

Rail Corporation NSW

Project Value

$400,000

Work Description

Major maintenance & repair work, including preparation of planning, heritage and construction documentation

Mortuary Railway Station comprises a porte cochere and a sandstone pavilion building, constructed in 1868 as a receiving building for funeral parties, for transportation by rail to Rookwood Cemetery at Lidcombe. Caldis Cook Group Pty Ltd has been commissioned by Rail Corporation of NSW (RailCorp) to assess the state of disrepair of Mortuary Station and have found that the building had many areas generally in poor condition.

Caldis Cook Group spent time inspecting and assessing the current state of Mortuary Railway Station and found the main defects were related to termite damage to structural timbers, door framing, and joinery; impeded drainage and plumbing; water-damaged interiors; and missing or damaged roof tiles. This allowed CCG to develop an appropriate approach to undertake the repair works, whilst causing minimal disruption or damage to the heritage fabric of Mortuary Railway Station.

Caldis Cook Group provided a review and assessment of existing documentation in conjunction with site investigations, an identification of the extent of structural and hydraulic repairs recommended to be undertaken, and the provision of a Scope of Works for technical repairs to Mortuary Railway Station. The next step of this project will involve the preparation of an Exemption Application for submission to the Heritage Branch, NSW Department of Planning, and consultation with both the Heritage Branch and City of Sydney Council.

Mortuary Railway Station