Kingsland Station Canopy Project, Auckland, New Zealand

Client: Auckland Transport
Timeframe: 2011
Total value: Approximately $2m

Components: Railway platform canopies

Project description:

Kingsland Station is adjacent to Eden Park, which was the main venue for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. To cope with numbers during the cup, the station was upgraded to allow up to 15,000 rugby fans to transit in just 70 minutes. Rail platforms were lengthened as part of the upgrade, making it necessary to build four new station platform passenger shelters in time for the RWC kick-off.

Our role

Auckland Transport entrusted Xigo’s team to manage the design and consents process, engage the contractor and manage the construction contract.

Main challenges

  • The ticking clock was heard at every stage of this time-sensitive project. Initially the deadline was set to ensure the canopies would be fully installed before RWC commenced, however this deadline was brought forward to enable a full ‘test run’ for the station four weeks before the first RWC game
  • The other main challenge was construction within a live rail station environment – at every stage of construction we had to look after passenger safety and minimise disruption to rail services

Our approach

Contractors were selected for their ‘hands on’ approach to quickly resolving issues and overcoming challenges, as well as their experience with working in a live rail environment. On-site daily progress tracking enabled programme challenges to be quickly resolved, and regular risk reviews identified and mitigated obstacles to achieving the project goals. We also communicated frequently with the client’s rail operations team to check that construction methods were acceptable from a passenger safety perspective.


The project was delivered on time and within budget. The canopies required for the Rugby World Cup were successfully delivered in time for the test run, four weeks before kick-off. There were no health and safety incidents for workers or passengers, and no unplanned disruptions to the railway or station operations.