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On-site Container Solutions for Sydney Metro

Building giants Laing O’Rourke have been contracted to deliver the $955 million renewal of Central Station.

Central Station is the busiest commuter hub in Australia, and Laing O’Rourke have been tasked with transforming the ageing precinct into the gateway to the new Sydney Metro network.

Jaybro supplied Laing O’Rourke with an on-site solution at the Central Station revitalisation project. The on site storage containers act as a quick and easy re-supply solution for workwear, PPE and site consumables.

The Challenges

The compact worksite and aggressive tunnelling and construction works meant that Laing O’Rourke had to carefully plan the best use of storage space on site. Also, the hazardous environment presented certain challenges in receiving deliveries of simple consumables. However, a steady supply of construction consumables, PPE and workwear for close to 500 workers needed to be factored in. Without the luxury of large yards or extensive vacant areas to store supplies, a different solution was considered.

Laing O’Rourke looked for a way to ensure rolling supply and 24/7 access to mandatory personal protective equipment. It was decided that on site warehousing presented the most efficient and practical solution.

The supplier of such an on-site storage system needed to be able to meet exacting specifications and be able to offer expert advice. Moreover, Laing O’Rourke sought a professional, established supply partner that had an excellent understanding of the requirements of major projects.

3 Jaybro on-site storage containers will act as a general storage facility, helping to keep up to 500 staff equipped, clothed and protected at all times.


Jaybro installed three on site storage containers to act as a bulk storage facility near the Central Station construction site. These containers are centrally managed by the team at Jaybro. Our team is on hand at regular intervals to offer advice on product selection, usage and fitting requirements, and to replenish supply.

Shipping containers, whilst large, could offer a solution that eliminated the need for constant replenishment deliveries of consumables, PPE and workwear.

Example of interior fitout customised for a client

By having Jaybro hold stock on the Central Station construction site, product supply was managed and readily available at all times, right when it was needed by workers. There was no need to take deliveries from non-inducted drivers, or be concerned about backordered safety gear or shipping delays. Bulk warehousing such as this reduces the number of site deliveries and the associated challenges of traffic management and safety compliance.

Laing O’Rourke took delivery of three Jaybro branded on-site containers which will act as a general storage facility and help keep up to 500 staff equipped, clothed and protected at all times.


Additionally, the workwear that Laing O’Rourke required reveals how Jaybro is always eager to go the extra mile for our customers. When Laing O’Rourke requested a rail approved high visibility drill shirt in a very particular taped design, we were able to meet their requirements. The project managers required a particular retro-reflective taped design that extended over the logo on the shirt. Despite one of our biggest competitors being unable to rise to the challenge, Jaybro’s Safety team showed they could fulfil the requirements quickly and without fuss.

Central Station: The Project in Detail

Laing O’Rourke will deliver the Central Station project alongside global architecture and design firms, who will ensure the rich history and heritage of the station is maintained. More than 250,000 people pass through the station every day, a number predicted to increase to nearly half a million over the next twenty years.

The contract involves construction of the new Sydney Metro platforms nearly 30 metres below the existing platform level. There will also be a new pedestrian concourse known as Central Walk. This concourse will connect people directly from the new metro platforms to Chalmers Street.

The major construction plans include the 19 metre wide tunnel of Central Walk. Additionally, there will be an overall renewal of the historic Central Station, and a new feature roof to the Northern Concourse. This roof is designed to transform the space and emphasise the historic features of the iconic Central Electric Building.

Completion of the Central Walk and Central Station metro upgrade contract is expected in 2022.

The ageing station is undergoing a modern transformation

Jaybro’s Trafix water filled barriers at Central

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