Project Description

Project: Skylink Bridge at the Transport Interchange, Bolton.
Client: Murphy for Network Rail, Bolton Council and Transport for Greater Manchester.
Contract Responsibilities: Specialists Ceiling System, Plastering and GRP Systems.

The Overview

Gallaway were initially contracted to complete the specialist supply and installation of the bespoke metal suspended ceiling system on the Skylink bridge, connecting the new Bolton bus interchange with Bolton Railway Station. As the scheme developed, and with completion and a high profile handover rapidly approaching, Gallaway were further contracted to complete the end closure details to the Skylink, with metal studwork, plastering and GRP enclosure works at the interface with the metal ceiling system. Furthermore, Gallaway were then requested to undertake considerable making good of the existing floor tiling and decoration works, between the interface of the J. Murphy & Sons Skylink project and the Kier constructed Bus Interchange

The Challenge

At the time of Gallaways appointment, the design had been partly completed between Baileys and Atkins Global. However it soon became apparent that Gallaway specialist design and site survey expertise was required to iron out a series of design discrepancies and offer design co-ordinations and solutions to overcome differences between the conditions and tolerances inevitably occurring on site and those detailed upon the proposed scheme drawings. The technical difficulties on the metal ceiling system stemmed around the general lack of tolerance afforded by the high quality and high expense proposed metal system.

The Solution

Careful co-ordination was required, with a highly detailed full site survey undertaken, to check the tolerances on the existing steel and cladded frame. The Gallaway design team collaborated with the designers from Atkins, Baileys and J.Murphy to offer options to overcome the tight tolerances resultant from the proposed product. Interfaces with roller shutter doors, lighting, PA and CCTV systems were required to ensure future maintenance in design was captured for ease of maintenance whilst not compromising the security requirements on this heavily trafficked public walkway.

Project management on site and co-ordination was critical, with collaboration with existing client trades on site but moreover, with the procurement and programming of deliveries for the complex bespoke ceiling system.

Further project management complexities towards the end of the project were encountered with a number of cross subcontract planning and programming challenges to ensure all works were completed by the extremely short handover period.