Southampton Central Station – New Entrance Build
Contract / project scope:
The scheme was designed by local architects and planners KVB and included;
• Site set up including temporary access into station, full painted hoardings and site security
• The removal of the existing steel framed station canopy
• Professional surveys including CAT scan and identification of buried services
• Removal of existing roundabout to forecourt and remodelling of area including new road markings and lit totem signage system
• Excavation and formation of new foundations in accordance with Structural Engineers details
• Alterations of existing surface water drainage
• Construction of new steel frame entrance with glazing panels and bespoke panelling / soffit system
• New services installation including containment, sensory lighting and power
• Barrier entrance matting to new area
• Finishes throughout including terrazzo and honed paving to floors
Project Client:South West Trains
Contract Period:18 Weeks
Works:Nature of the contract:
The contract was for the provision of a new steel framed front entrance area to the existing train station building along with alterations to the main forecourt area.
The inside of the entrance was to provide a modern waiting area / lobby with associated seating.
Service Levels agreed (SLA’s) for contracts / projects and the method of ensuring these were met
Progress and performance was tracked closely by PFG management against the programme and performance was discussed at the 2 weekly progress meetings held with the client and the design team.
Each stage was quality checked by our working site supervisor and the Contracts Manager and offered to the clients agent for handover, ensuring smooth progress throughout the contract.
Target dates for work completion were met along with the timely submission of monthly valuations by our Quantity Surveyor.
Challenges / complexities of contracts / projects and how they were overcome
PFG have many years experience of working in busy Railway Station Environments. We understand the demands of working on Network Rail Infrastructure and the importance of having minimum impact to the services that our train operating company clients provide.
On this project we worked closely with the Contract Administrator and the Station Manager to ensure that we carried out the works as efficiently as possible whilst keeping the station in operation.
This contract involved the complete shutdown of the front entrance with the entrance on the upside of the station being utilized. We arranged with the client for additional railway staff to be available to vend tickets when the local football team Southampton, were playing at their home ground, due to restricted access into the ticket office.
We had to take special care when planning the forecourt works and the phasing of these, with liaison with local transport providers for the temporary relocation of bus stops and bicycle racking.
Areas of completed works were handed back in phases to assist the operation of the station with many tasks carried out during engineering hours.
Along with the Client and the Design Team, we successfully delivered the contract in accordance with the 18 week programme and within the Tendered Contract Sum.
Approach to service delivery for the contracts / project
This contract was delivered by a structure consisting of a senior contracts manager, a non working site supervisor and a deputy working site supervisor (for mitigating 24hr working), a quantity surveyor for preparation of valuations and dealing with financial variations to the contract with the project being overseen by a company Director.
Specialist suppliers were utilized where required, with the remainder of the work force being PFG directly employed operatives.
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