Structures and Engineering
Our Gatwick Airport customer had the challenge to refurbish two major footbridges, carrying 31,000 passengers a day over six railway lines into the South Terminal. Through a detailed understanding of their concerns we were able to develop innovative access methods to keep passengers flowing and deliver a phased handover to accelerate the start of an adjacent stakeholder’s project.
Keeping Passengers Moving during Complex Rejuvenation Scheme
The two footbridges at the South Terminal are some hundred metres in length, each spanning six railway lines and extremely busy platforms at Gatwick Airport Station. The works included replacement of the external cladding, additional steelwork to provide support for the new roofing system, and painting of the exposed steelwork; requiring a technically complex access and encapsulation system to be installed to both bridges.
The project challenges facing our team demanded meticulous planning and a thorough understanding of our Customers risks and opportunities to keep the bridges open for the duration of the works and ensure the works did not cause any disruption to the railway station below. Concurrent works at the adjacent railway station were also being carried out by separate contractors and to ensure all elements of the independent works were coordinated and managed we developed a comprehensive Interface Management Plan which included a clear logistics strategy.
Through outstanding management of safety our project team secured two successive Safety Awards, and our engineering solution was shortlisted for an ICE South East England Engineering Excellence Awards.
Transport Connections and Parking
At Gatwick South Terminal, the long term car parks were in need of a complete upgrade. Through developing a cost certain solution that minimised disruption and provided a seamless transition from construction to operation, the original scope of works was extended from two parking zones to three to provide improved parking for the airport passengers.
Quality Upgrade with Certainty of Cost
The Gatwick South Terminal Plan required the long term car parks to be upgraded including new surfacing, road markings, signs and delineation of safe pedestrian walkways. Completed under the Commodity Framework, the key customer objective was to deliver the scheme with certainty of outturn cost.
Through a thorough understanding of the wider needs of the airport operator, we developed a construction solution to carry out the works safely and as quickly as possible with the absolute minimum of disruption to the travelling public. Recognition of the stakeholder issues associated with working in the highly operational environment was key to the successful delivery. By demonstrating ongoing efficiencies, consistency in application of procedures, and flexibility to the needs of our customer, a great team relationship was developed and a third car parking zone project was added to the original remit. We received high praise for our supportive transition strategy back and integration of the project into the airport transport systems.
Osborne has worked well with Gatwick Airport to develop the best value solution that has improved the quality of the long-term car park, and the Osborne team at Gatwick has successfully achieved the goal of delivering a good quality product while minimising the disruption to our passengers. Chris Gregory, Head of Programme Performance, Gatwick Development Team
M&E and Airport Services
At Gatwick and Heathrow Airports, Osborne recognised the criticality of cost certainty and programme deadlines to our Customer whilst working in the busy passenger environment. By gathering the best organisations into committed teams we demonstrated continuous improvements in delivering a programme of multi-discipline projects whilst maintaining high levels of security and minimising disruption to passengers.
Efficiencies in Delivery through Innovation and Collaboration
Osborne has extensive experience of delivering multi-disciplinary frameworks requiring the coordination and management of a wide variety of supply chain partners in high security and busy passenger environments.
Our portfolio of airport M&E and services works within the Commodity Framework includes highly complex projects with interrelated development and delivery milestones such as security replacement and upgrade schemes, pumping stations, service containment, mechanical, electrical and lighting upgrades.
We recognised that partnerships with the correct supply partners can bring numerous benefits from their asset knowledge and local stakeholder relationships and together we developed bespoke project strategies to ensure a seamless transition from construction to user operational phases. Greater efficiencies were achieved through applying our cross-industry knowledge to streamline processes, improving design development, and having all the correct parties engaged early enough to avoid abortive efforts.
Working collaboratively with our customer enabled the Framework to deliver considerable programme benefits, increased efficiency and certainties in project outturn costs.