Industry Image | Issue 33 | August 2014 - page 31

August 2014
Issue 33
31
SITE REGISTRATION
Case study: Haymarket Station
Capacity Improvement project
Morgan Sindall were awarded a 2014 Gold National Site Award for their Haymarket
Station Capacity Improvement project. The Scheme spoke to Morgan Sindall about
the challenges the project faced and how they were overcome.
PLEASE CAN YOU DESCRIBE THE
PROJECT YOU AREWORKING ON?
Morgan Sindall is undertaking the
£25 million Haymarket Station
Capacity Improvement project to
refurbish and extend the existing
Grade A listed station for customer
Network Rail. As Scotland’s
fourth busiest railway station,
Haymarket required significant
capacity improvement to ensure
its annual four million passengers
(and counting) benefitted from a
high quality rail experience. The
upgraded facility will provide a
new, modern concourse, improved
platforms and redeveloped existing
station entrance.
Using a former car park to the
rear of the station building, the
team constructed a new, more
passenger friendly concourse
with improved facilities including
ticket office and retail space.
A new bridging structure was
installed to ensure access from
all platforms. The station also
features renewed canopies and
Disability Discrimination Act
(DDA) compliant lift access to all
areas. This is a crucial element of
the redevelopment to bring the
facilities in line with acceptable
accessibility standards. Local
heritage is retained through the
sensitive redevelopment of the
existing listed Victorian building
which now serves as a landmark
east end entrance to the station.
The new concourse opened to the
public on 19 December 2013 and
the east end entrance is due to be
opened in Summer 2014.
HOW HAVE YOU INCORPORATED
THE SCHEME INTOYOUR SITE?
Ensuring that the local community
benefits and is engaged in the
project has been a key priority
for the project team. This is
exemplified by the 47 out of
50 CCS score and achievement
of a Gold National Site Award.
With 9,000 people living within
a 1,000 metre radius of the site
there have been remarkably few
complaints; a testament to the
team’s effort. Steps have also been
taken to celebrate the heritage of
the site whilst deterring graffiti
through the installation of a
mural on the hoarding. The mural
celebrates Edinburgh and, created
by a reformed tagger, has been
successful in keeping the area
graffiti free. Some of the other key
activities undertaken by the team
include:
• Six locally employed individuals
through our supply chain.
• Maximised use of SMEs
from along the Edinburgh
to Glasgow Improvement
Programme (EGIP) route.
• Numerous curriculum support
activities with local schools
including the burying of a time
capsule, choir performances at
the new concourse opening,
participation in a bridge
building event for Engineer’s
Week and community day in
conjunction with Network Rail.
• Use of local laundrette for all
PPE.
• Donations of materials to
Streetwork – a local homeless
charity.
• Regular site visits for local
university students.
• Numerous site visits for
professional bodies including
Women in Property, CICA and
ICE.
SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE
PROJECT, WHAT CHALLENGES
HAVE YOU FACED?
The project team used innovative
construction methods so that the
station could continue to operate
with the minimum of disruption
to passengers throughout the
works. This was a key requirement
from the customer. In addition, the
project team was committed to
engaging with the local community
throughout to ensure that the
project went as smoothly as
possible.
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