Roma Street Heritage Building

Roma Street Heritage Building

Watkins Steel was contracted by Kane Construction to supply and install 128 pieces of steelwork as part of the restoration and stabilisation of the historic Roma Street Railway Station building. The job required 40mm threaded steel rods to be lined up from new steel beams in the roof and floor, which would lift a 65mm bow in the existing wooden floor beams.


  • Had to ensure all dimensions of the existing structures were accurate to avoid rectification works, as hot works were not allowed in the 140 year old heritage building
  • High ceilings and no flooring to access areas safely to take measurements
  • No cranes allowed on site



  • Faro Focus 3D X 130 Laser Scanner
  • Telka Structures 3D Modeling Software
  • 3D point cloud model to check for clashes
  • Voortman V808 Coping Machine

A total of 128 pieces of steework was installed on-site. All steelwork fit perfectly to plan and no rectification work was required.


“The Queensland Rail Roma Street Heritage building was structurally a challenging project. Heritage architects wanted to keep the existing floor above the museum area intact so they wouldn’t have to redo the entire lath and plaster ceiling underneath. The engineers came up with a solution that included new steel beams and suspension system that would fit amongst the existing timber structures. The challenging part was to get all of the dimensions of the existing structures right and avoid any retification works to the new steel on-site. We managed to avoid any cutting and re-welding works as hot works had to be avoided in a 140 year old heritage building. All of the elements Watkins Steel brought to site fitted perfectly, and the fact that the suspension system between the two floor levels with 40m rods in between lined up perfectly was remarkable.”

Bojana Zivec, Project Manager, KANE Constructions

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Project Description

Client: Kane Constructions Pty Ltd
Location: Roma Street Railway Station
Year Completed: May- July 2015