Macdonaldtown Gasworks Remediation

New South Wales

The Macdonaldtown Gasworks Remediation Site housed a gasworks from 1892 to 1958 which produced gas for the lighting of railway carriages and the Eveleigh Railway Workshops. The processing of coal and shale left a legacy of contamination on the site when the gasworks was demolished. Over the decades, the waste contaminated site soil as well as groundwater.

When Railcorp was tasked with remediating the historic Macdonaldtown Gasworks site in the inner western Sydney suburb of Erskineville, they engaged Ventia to help them deliver on this complex project.

The site is also home to the heritage listed Southern Gasholder, the last remaining structure of its type in NSW. Ventia was responsible for protecting it during the works as well as restoring it to its former glory upon completion.

Ventia used an innovative three dimensional modelling process to manage the excavation process and deliver a safe and secure outcome.

This project saw the excavation and removal of contaminated material, the heritage value of the former gasworks recorded and preserved, and the biodiversity of the western portion of the site improved through revegetation with local native species.

Take a look at the Macdonaldtown Gasworks Remediation video to learn more about this project.

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