Project Description

Project: Stafford MDU Store
Client: Laing O’Rourke for Network Rail via Staffordshire Alliance
Contract Responsibilities: Construction of New Store, Mess and Office Building.
Contract: NEC3.
Project Value: Circa £290,000
Programme: Contract start date September 2017. Contract duration 16 weeks.

The Overview

This project formed the secondary part of a previously completed scheme by Gallaway at Stafford MDU. This included decommissioning the previously constructed temporary office and store, and the new build stores building, incorporating a large stores area, office and mess facilities.

The works involved the design, construction and delivery of a new stores building for Network Rail at their Maintenance Delivery Unit of Wolverhampton Road in Stafford. It comprised of a steel frame building with exterior wall and roof cladding, internal blockwork plastered walls, suspended ceilings, mechanical and electrical installations, floor / wall finishes and fixtures fittings and equipment.

The Staffordshire Alliance project, a joint venture of Laing O’Rourke, Network Rail, Atkins and VolkerRail, has been named as the winner of a Collaborative Working accolade at the 2016 UK Railway Industry awards.

The team recently handed over the £250m upgrade to the West Coast Main Line including 10 kilometres of new line, under budget and over a year ahead of schedule.

The Challenge

The works were carried out adjacent to the operational West Coast Main Line, with overhead live cables in close proximity to the building.

One major challenge was to complete the steelwork erection and installation of the external cladding, ensuring safe working practices were adopted within our construction methods and by all members of our team.

This was further challenged by the close proximity of the live West Coast Main Line, and working around clients and contractors on this operational site.

The Solution

Gallaway co-ordinated the crane lift plan to ensure limits were imposed on the height of lifting, to avoid exceeding the safe working distance from the live cables above.

We also utilised GRP Scaffolding and ensured our now standard daily briefings, and weekly toolbox talks specific to the task in hand.

Timber baulks, barriers and hoardings were utilised to segregate working equipment to a prescribed safe working distance from trackside.

Stafford Stores
Stafford stores