Renovation of the railway station Tulln on the Danube

Building construction, foundation and structural engineering

Matthias Jantschek

Renovation of the Tulln railway station: overall completion is scheduled for Oktober 2018 (Image: PORR AG)

PORR Bau GmbH is rebuilding the Tulln station in two consortia for the Österreichischen Bundesbahnen (Austrian Federal Railways). In addition to the revitalisation of the heritage-listed railway station building, the order also includes foundation works and structural engineering. Construction started in January 2017, and the project is expected to be completed by autumn 2018. The order volume amounts to EUR 11.5 million.

The Österreichischen Bundesbahnen (ÖBB) are modernising the railway station in Tulln on the Danube. The aim is to design the existing traffic system so that the station complies with current requirements for regional passenger rail transport and rail freight traffic. PORR Bau GmbH in consortium was commissioned by ÖBB Infrastruktur AG to undertake foundation refurbishment, hydraulic engineering, safety technology, telecommunications and electrical engineering works and noise protection and structural engineering measures at the Tulln station. Following the implementation of the required construction measures in the railway station building, PORR received another order for the refurbishment of the railway station building and the expansion of the pedestrian access and the premises of the station on the ground floor and in the basement. To the right of the railway track, changes will be made to the pedestrian access, a new entryway created and a Bike & Ride constructed.

The entire rebuilding works and the limited construction period under the specified constraints, e.g., construction works while maintaining passenger traffic and the renovation of existing buildings, make this a difficult and demanding construction project. On the one hand, the construction activities have to be adjusted to the specified construction phases or deadlines, and on the other hand, with the exception of short-term closures, they must be completed while the railway and pedestrian thoroughfares are in full operation. A multi-shift operation with night and weekend work will sometimes be required to meet the tight schedule. An additional challenge is the contractually agreed coordination with the Austrian Federal Monuments Office (BDA). Due to the fact that notable artist Egon Schiele was born in this building, it has been designated a site of historical interest by the authorities.

An essential aspect is the accessible design of the customer areas and their spatial concentration in the listed railway station building. To date, the following milestones have been achieved to the full satisfaction of ÖBB and in compliance with all penalties and intermediate deadlines: the opening of platform 3/4, the construction of noise protection in the platform area and the handover of the internal and external offices of the railway station building. All other contractual deadlines and the overall completion of the project in mid-October 2018 are expected to be fulfilled on time and to the usual high quality standards.

Project data . Foundation and structural engineering

Employer ÖBB Infrastruktur AG
Contractor PORR Bau GmbH in consortium with Gebrüder Haider
Project type Civil engineering . Structural engineering
Scope Renovation of foundations and replacement of structural engineering
Order sum approx. EUR 6.6 million
Start of work 23 January 2017
End of work 31 August 2018
Country Austria

Project data . Building construction

Employer ÖBB Infrastruktur AG
Contractor PORR Bau GmbH in consortium with Held & Francke
Project type Building construction . Revitalisation
Scope Building construction, rebuilding of the existing railway station building (monument protection)
Order sum approx. EUR 4.9 million
Start of work 12 June 2017
End of work 14 October 2018
Country Austria

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