Claire Doyle, Design Manager, Rail
Design manager Claire Doyle understands the importance of addressing user needs when designing new or upgraded train stations.
Will a pram make it on to the platform easily and safely? How about a wheelchair? These questions occupy her thoughts equally during the design phase, and when she’s out and about with her three children – Annabelle (8), Madeleine (6), and train enthusiast Lachlan (4).
Among her current projects, Claire is proud to be contributing to the More Trains More Services and Transport Access Program (TAP).
These programs focus on providing safer, more efficient, and more accessible stations across New South Wales. For Claire, rail projects are gratifying to work on, because the engineering challenges they offer have relatable outcomes.
“I can see the problems, and I can see the difference it will make when these problems are solved,” she says.
In a previous role, she worked on the new major upgrade to Redfern Station, which recently came online.
“It was just lovely to be able to create something that was better for the community. Our aim was – let's not just put something in here that's standard, off-the-shelf that will tick the boxes. Let's talk to people and see what they like and want they want.”
After graduating from university, Claire got her first engineering job working as a site engineer – the sole female alongside “300 big brothers” on an eight-storey commercial build in Dublin. Claire and her husband visited Australia for the first time on a round-the-world trip, and while here, she picked up contract work in the design office of the Westlink M7 project.
Five years later, she decided to make a permanent move down under. After first working on smaller projects such as rail sub-station upgrades, she eventually became the go-to rail specialist in her structural engineering team. For Claire, rail projects have an element commercial and residential builds lack – the constant operational needs of customers.
“It's a really unique environment in that your design is so driven from day one by the limitations in time and space for construction. The windows for construction are usually very small and short, and leave very little room for error.”
Currently reading: Classic Roald Dahl and Enid Blyton with the kids
Favourite holiday destination: Cascais, in Portugal
Get in touch: 0410 360 198, Claire.Doyle@aurecongroup.com