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Client: Department for Infrastructure & Transport

Location: Adelaide, South Australia

Country: Kaurna

Budget: $2.5M

Completion: 2018



Paul Gillett

David McLeod

The relocation of the Rail Operations Centre from North Terrace to the Dry Creek Rail Maintenance Facility designed by Grieve Gillett Architects required the construction of a new building to house the Adelaide Rail Yard power supply and signalling control equipment. This facility had been housed below the Rail Operation Centre on the south side of the yards, but the entire building was demolished to allow for further development of the Health Research Precinct.

The new building is almost entirely made up of equipment rooms with a Crib Room facility
provided for train drivers and other yard workers to use as opportunity arises. Nevertheless, the building occupies an extremely prominent site overlooked by five multi-storey buildings, including the Royal Adelaide Hospital and is highly visible to all commuters travelling to or from Adelaide Station.


The brief was for the building to be an object of interest, and the building was designed as a deep corrugated steel form that folds and floats over the solid concrete core of the equipment rooms. We integrated the security fence into the overall design, intersecting with the building and also following the form of the gable ends.

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