Through combining our rail and multi-discipline civil engineering competence, delivery of the South East Power Supply Upgrade Programme enabled the next generation of trains to be rolled out to benefit passengers across the region. The enhanced specification of the new trains put a greater power demand on the network and our power distribution works were essential to ensure a seamless transition to the new rolling stock.
Collaborative Supply Delivery
Before Network Rail could roll out the next generation of trains our team had to deliver mission critical multi-site power upgrade works. With the new trains already in production and being deployed across the region, we recognised that successful completion of the supply upgrade would require end-to-end teamwork to mitigate the risks and ensure successful delivery to very tight timescales in logistically challenging locations.
The existing and new transformer sites were typically adjacent to the live operational railway. Our integrated teams provided distribution expertise in a wholly collaborative and open relationship with our customer and principal supply partners to ensure the timely, efficient and compliant delivery of every element of these highly inter-linked and complex works.
“I was particularly impressed by the way everybody worked together to achieve the result, nothing appeared too much trouble for anybody and where we did have problems these were resolved very quickly.” Andy Martin Project Manager (Substations) Integrated Utility Supplies
Clapham Junction Supply Upgrade Critical to Access Improvement tens of thousands of passengers who use Clapham Junction Station every day benefit from better access, less congestion and improved facilities following completion of our comprehensive Access for All scheme. Provision of a new substation and new sub-main distribution to all platforms, together with building services, lights, CCTV and other interconnecting services were critical to delivering the nine lifts with no disruption to the operational station.
Logistically Complex Solutions Keep Station Operational
Each day about 2,000 trains pass through Clapham Junction Railway Station, more than through any other station in Europe. The phased works were for the installation of nine stand-alone lifts and associated stairs, followed by works to create a new station entrance and drop off point in the former Brighton Buildings off St. John’s Hill.
The new substation, power upgrade and M&E works were highly complex with numerous critically interrelated milestones; necessitating the relocation of existing lighting, power, CIS, PA/VA, fire alarm, CCTV, help points, TFL information screens and Telecoms to facilitate the installation of the new structures.
Works to expose the main containment routes revealed numerous unidentified cables that needed to be diverted to facilitate construction of the scheme; requiring specialist supply partners for survey and scheduling to plan the programme critical diversion works in the logistically complex rail-locked platforms.
“Excellent works completed over last few days at Clapham, all works ahead of schedule and we have even found time to safely assist our colleagues on an adjacent site by lifting in equipment for them, truly excellent teamwork here guys and high quality product that we are all proud of.” Mike Sandy, Programme Manager Network Rail
Ascham Energy Partnership set to reduce Fuel Poverty in Waltham. The Ascham Energy Partnership is a three way partnership that has been set up between Ascham Homes, Osborne and British Gas. Ascham Homes is the housing management organisation of Waltham Forest Council and will see significant funding invested into energy saving works such as insulation and heating upgrades to improve energy efficiency for their residents, with potential savings for residents as much as £200 a year on energy bills.
Abseiling the heights to achieve First Success
The Ascham Energy Partnership (AEP) is a community-focused initiative, supported by the Council to provide energy efficiency advice and services to improve fuel usage and reduce carbon emissions. Completion of the first scheme required innovative access solutions to install cavity wall insulation to the ten storey Burrell and Rayner Towers. Each tower has 44 flats in each and the project utilised a rope access company ‘Avalon’ to deliver the works quickly and cost effectively. Abseiling down the towers, the Avalon team drilled holes into the outer walls of each flat to inject the insulation material to ensure tenants will be saving on their bills during the next winter.
Rasheed Turabi, Energy Companies Obligation Business Development Manager for British Gas said:
“This work was funded through British Gas’ Energy Obligation funding. The completion of free “Hard-to-Treat” cavity wall insulation works to Burrell and Rayner Towers in the first phase is a reflection of the efficiency of the AEP as it has taken place during a very challenging time for the energy obligation sector. The AEP after this initial success is looking to scale up the scheme and start wider delivery through this now robustly proven model.”
Energy Plant Design and construction of the new Energy Plant at Portsmouth has resulted in a capability to provide enough energy for 14,000 homes every hour through burning our everyday rubbish that cannot be re-cycled. The scheme required extensive liaison with the technology suppliers to integrate the process works into the civil and structural packages to ensure successful delivery of the energy generation project for our customer.
Integration Strategy at heart of Project Management
The complex multi-discipline energy generation scheme included extensive liaison with the specialist energy contractor and technology suppliers to integrate the various works packages and ensure our customer achieved best value for their asset. Our Integration Strategy ensured a seamless interface with all data systems, providing clear and timely project information for our customer, designers, specialist supply partners and third party stakeholders.
Through innovative expression of form and function, the architecturally striking building included comprehensive foundation solutions and structural steelwork envelopes, roads and external ancillary buildings. The main plant works included a tipping hall, boiler plant, ash storage, gas cleaning plant and air-cooled condensers, turbine, mechanical and electrical work.