Given the nature of the works, a detailed programme was developed to incorporate not just the on-site activities, but the on-track deliveries. Working in a collaborative manner with our client, our in-house engineering and construction team formed a project team to meet and deliver the requirements of the project. The project involved working within possessions of the mainline route into London, delivering critical infrastructure upgrade works on time and without delays.
General access into Ashurst also had some challenges, working closely with the New Forest National Park commission, adhering to all environmental challenges, and working collaboratively with our client and the general public.
Due to the complexity of the substation element of works, our project team – in conjunction with key stakeholders, our client Octavius and Network Rails’ maintainer and Route Asset Management teams and Raynes Park Electrical Control Room – required the teams to work collaboratively to ensure the commissioning solution was safe, correct and to programme. This also involved integration of new equipment on to the operational infrastructure, led and managed with support from our extensive supply chain.
In our role as specialist contractor supporting all the various project designers, our engineering team had to consider the necessary interface between the Signalling and SCADA. This was made more challenging as the SCADA interface had to consult with the National SCADA programme to ensure projects were not duplicating and creating unnecessary works.
Delivery of plant and equipment is always challenging on or about the rail infrastructure, however our client managed the delivery of modules over several staged weekends, which involved the rail team developing a liaison plan for interfacing with residents. Our client’s approach to stakeholder management was to provide an open and honest approach, providing detailed delivery plans and programmes.