Global Rail Construction Ltd is a Principal Contractor and a leading UK provider of design and build services to clients in the rail and transportation sector.
As part of the Felixstowe Branch Capacity Enhancement Project, Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) has been selected to deliver further ancillary rail civil engineering works on behalf of Principal Contractor, Volker Fitzpatrick. These works follow on from GRCL’s award of E&P works for the same project.
The works will be undertaken during a combination of 36 hour continuous possessions and midweek working and will last for a total of 23 weeks.
GRCL’s full rail civil scope includes the following and has already involved a number of value engineering solutions being provided in respect of reduced earth retention:
11No LOC’s fixed to staging’s,
29No precast concrete LOC’s
4No 114mm diameter average depth 4.5m helical piles
11No Staging’s fabricated by specialist supplier, with staging’s consisting of 1,2 & 3 Loc bases
25No signal bases – 7No require major earth retention to an average depth of 10.00m
8No UTX crossings and associated track monitoring, along with associated chambers
5No URX crossings along with associated chambers, using specialist non evasive excavation techniques (Vac EX)
These works have been secured off the back of previously successful works in Week 6, in respect of the installation of under track crossings and a combined under road crossing with a under track crossing and more recently the delivery of 3No under road crossings, 2No under road crossings at Levington Level Crossing and 1No under road crossing at Morston Hall Crossing.
The planning of the works so far has been particularly intense, however, the GRCL team has managed to provide a robust delivery plan to meet and exceed the clients expectations.
The works completion date is 22nd March 2019.
We are pleased to announce the award of a Railway Civil Engineering Works Contract at Kidsgrove Station, Staffordshire, on behalf of Galliford Try. Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) will manage, install, test and commission the full scope of their civil engineering works package.
The Access for All (AfA) project was awarded funding under the DFT “Access for All programme” and is managed by Network Rail, with the aim of improving accessibility at railway stations. The full project scope will see the removal of the existing footbridge and a brand-new one installed with lifts, improving accessibility for all customers who use the station for connections to Derby, Stoke and Crewe, including those with reduced mobility, children, heavy luggage or shopping.
Following feasibility, optioneering and scheme design development, the various stakeholder signatures for the ‘Approval in Principle’ (AIP) designs have been achieved for Civils, OLE, Telecoms and M&E. It is now required that these designs be progressed through the detailed design, construction, commissioning and handover of the project (GRIP stages 5 – 8).
GRCL’s are responsible for the following railway civil engineering works:
GRCL’s works programme has a mobilisation date of October 2018, with a proposed completion date of May 2019. This ties in with the aims of an overall project completion during the summer of 2019.
Jim Cuell, GRCL’s Commercial Director said:
“I’m delighted that we have been awarded this contract with Galliford Try. This is a busy railway interchange and these improvements we hope will make a big difference to passengers, especially those with disabilities. We are very pleased to be playing our part in this railway accessibility project that will not just benefit local residents, but will bring added value to the town, to existing businesses and provide attraction for future commercial investment.”
Global Rail Construction Limited has been raising money for charity this week, by holding a Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. The Coffee Morning was held at both our Head Office and our Regional Office in Derby – with both teams having been busy baking a delightful range of sumptuous cakes and pastries – we simply could not stop eating them!
Marco, Sean and Don (pictured) were the Hatfield Barista’s, helping us to raise to date around £200.00!
Whilst the team at Global love any excuse to both bake and eat cakes and pastries, we are always looking to do our bit when we can.
Coffee Morning is a fabulous way to bring our teams together for a fantastic cause and is so much more than just getting together for a cup of coffee.
Last year was a record-breaking year for Coffee Morning with circa 250,000 people taking part, raising around £30 million, helping to aid the supporters, professionals, volunteers, campaigners and people affected by cancer.
Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL), is delighted to announce the award of a design and construct package of Civil Engineering and E&P works on behalf of their client Alstom. The works form part of the Paddington to Reading Signalling works which are linked to HS2 – the planned new high speed rail link connecting London to the Midlands, North East and North West.
As part of these major infrastructure works, HS2 will be constructing an interchange station in the existing Old Oak Common (OOC) depot area. The proposed site for the interchange station is currently occupied by both Great Western Railway (GWR) and Heathrow Express (HEX) Train Care Depots. Both these depots will need to be decommissioned to create the space required to construct and service the HS2 interchange station. The decommissioning works are planned to be delivered in four stages, to facilitate a phased withdrawal of GWR and HEX operations from the OOC site. The relocation of Location suite R2/172 and recovery of R2/157, are required in order to facilitate the clearance for HS2 Stage 2 and in support of the decommissioning works and these works have been contracted to Alstom under a variation to the overall Crossrail Surface Signalling Crossrail West Christmas 2017 Signalling Interlocking Works. The Wycombe Line (Greenford), is also subject to clearance of Signalling and Power, in support of the HS2 decommissioning works and due to the severance of the running line from London, remedial Signalling alterations are required. The West Ealing works consists of remedial Signalling alterations and to provide automation to the signalling and control system for both inbound and outbound train movements, in addition to the provision of a Depot Protection System (DPS) to protect GWR staff from movements within the confines of and at the interface to, the sidings.
Global Rail Construction’s scope for civil engineering includes the full survey including topographical and ground investigation, and then the subsequent design and build of five location suites and one FSP suite, including all necessary trough route modifications. The civils scope also includes new signal bases and also signal head modification works including bracketry.
The scope for E&P is also provides for a full D&C solution from Global’s team and includes surveys and then the design and installation of the amended 650v signalling power supply, including connection to the existing return screen conductor. Additional complexities around interim power arrangements will have to be considered by the team including the replication of the necessary signalling loads. GRCL will define the signalling functional power circuit requirements and provide the proposed functional loads as part of their design work.
The D&C scope also covers FSP recoveries and staged and final Feeder configuration and with all construction and installation work needing to be completed before the final FSP connections in advance of the signalling possession works to mitigate the signalling and operational railway disruption, it is no surprise that these works have now commenced.
GRCL’s works are due to be completed in February 2019.
Jim Cuell, Commercial Director commented on this award stating:
‘This project provides the ideal platform for GRCL to deliver the full breadth of its multi-disciplinary design and build offering across civils, E&P and signalling. We are delighted to have started this project for our long-term partner Alstom and look forward to the successful conclusion of these works early next year in conjunction with them.”
Global Rail Construction’s Senior Contracts Manager for the South – Sean Cavanagh – will be riding the Prudential London Ride 100 miles for charity on 29th July 2018. The charity Sean will be riding on behalf of is Fanconi Hope https://lnkd.in/dvkebPN
Sean’s poignant words can be read below, which is why he has chosen to support this fantastic charity.
‘Earlier this year my daughter Molly’s friend Sabrina Foufa lost her battle with a rare disease Fanconi Anaemia at the young age of 16. Sabrina was a popular girl who loved life and embraced all challenges with a passion and smile. I am riding the Prudential London 100 this July to honour her memory and life and to raise funds for a small charity Fanconi Hope who are doing vital research and support into this rare condition.’
Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) has recently been awarded a package of design works on behalf of South East Multi-Functional Framework Contractor, BAM Nuttall.
The contract includes the production of GRIP 4 and 5 designs for a cable management system, to provide a continuous and secure CRMS to support Power/Signal cables (Primary) and fibre optic cable (Diverse) between Gunnersbury Junction and Richmond Station on ELR SAR2. The wider contract also includes further cable management on ELR SAR1, heading towards Action Wells, and on the ELR ATG towards Turnham Green.
Intensive site surveys have already commenced (during Week 12), to determine the route from Richmond towards Gunnersbury (ELR: SAR2) via Kew Garden. This includes the additional route from Gunnersbury towards Acton Well (ELR: SAR1) and Turnham Green (ELR: ATG). GRCL will produce feasibility reports including surveys of the existing route and option analysis which will be produced and submitted to BAM Nuttall for approval.
The final report will include the following details:
GRCL’s involvement is part of the wider Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) Project. Which will see the replacement of all the signalling equipment on all Circle, District, Hammersmith & City and Metropolitan lines, all of which will be monitored from a new control centre currently under construction in Hammersmith replacing the numerous signal cabins and service control centres across the four lines. The new signalling system uses a moving block system otherwise known as Communications Based Train Control (CBTC) which uses Wi-Fi to constantly let controllers know where trains are and how fast they are going. Precise speeds will be set by computers so trains will be able to run at higher speeds and closer together. This will provide Central London with a maximum service frequency of 32 trains per hour (every 2 minutes) by the time the upgrade is complete in 2023.
We have successfully completed our transition audit to ISO 9001:2015 of our quality management system.
The auditors recognised the work we do as a company, our quality programmes and acknowledged it was unusual not to receive any NC’s or OFI’s.
This success is clearly attributed to all of us at GRCL.
Thank you for your continued support of our management systems and a special thanks to those of you who were directly involved in the 3-day audit.
Well done everyone.
As part of the Felixstowe Branch Capacity Enhancement Project, Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) has been selected to deliver civil engineering works on behalf of Principal Contractor, Volker Fitzpatrick.
The work scope included the installation of under track crossings and a combined under road crossing with a under track crossing. The planning of the works was particularly intense, however, the team managed to provide a robust plan in time for works to commence.
Works commenced during Week 6, where GRCL managed to deliver the under road crossing safely and on programme.
This weekend just gone, GRCL had to deliver another complex project, whereby the team were contracted to deliver 3 under road crossings, 2 under road crossings at Levington Level Crossing and 1 under road crossing at Morston Hall Crossing. Again our team has delivered the works safely and so far our client has been very impressed with the works achieved.
Works continue, with an overall project completion date of 22nd March 2019.
Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) is proud to announce an important success for its Mechanical, Electrical and Power (MEP) Division, having secured a significant package of Electrification and Power (E&P) works between Westerfield and Felixstowe on Network Rail’s Anglia Route.
The project is for Volker Fitzpatrick (VFL) as part of their ARC (Anglia Regional Collaboration) framework for CP5, which involves the double tracking of sections of Permanent Way – over approximately 20 Kilometres between North Ipswich and Felixstowe – to increase capacity for the main freight route from the Port of Felixstowe. There are also further railway systems works, including the upgrade of signalling and also significant ground engineering works to improve the line stability.
Led by Operations Director Sean Donaghey, GRCL provided a most compelling offering and was selected as the E&P partner of choice by VFL to deliver the full signalling power scope to include a new Principal Supply Point (PSP) at Westerfield, upgrade and modifications to the existing PSP, the installation of 42No Functional Supply Points (FSP) and installation of 45km of new cabling.
The scope also covers the installation of direct power and lineside power supplies for a number of level crossings, as well as new level crossing lighting. Further works include the installation of 2No Points Heating Cubicles (PHCC), points heating supplies, transformers and heating strips for point ends.
GRCL are working towards a target of completion and commissioning of the two PSP’s along with the new diverse 650v signalling power by Christmas 2018, which will allow resignalling commissioning. All points heating works are to be completed out of points heating season between April and September.
GRCL Managing Director, Marco Lombardelli, was delighted with this success, highlighting the significant contribution made by Operations Director, Sean Donaghey:
“Like all successes, they are all as a result of a combined and concerted team effort, however, I would like to thank Sean for his significant contribution to this bid and the wider development of our UK E&P offering. The division is going from strength to strength and we are delighted to be able to offer both a multi-disciplinary D&B solution and a fully managed independent E&P offering to the marketplace as we head towards a new control period.”
Mechanical and Electrical services provided by Global Rail Construction are constantly upgraded through training and development and are consistently delivered to the highest specification. Design and project management of these specialist services are deployed on projects such as sub-station refurbishment and new build, station refurbishment and new build, signalling equipment room fit-outs, station platforms and car park lighting.
The company provides electrical condition reports and undertakes the installation and testing of lineside feeder cabling, fire detection systems, CCTV/access/security systems, building management control systems, HVAC and cable installation and management including lighting control systems.
Global Rail Construction’s Head of Resourcing Mick Walsh, will be supporting The Hundred Days Offensive between 10th – 14th October 2018, to commemorate the Centenary of the First World War, whilst helping to support the soldiers and veterans of today.
He will be taking part in the Frontline Walk – a 100km trek across the battlefields of WWI, which will be a physically and emotionally tough challenge, as he follows in the footsteps of those who fought so bravely 100 years ago.
In his research of the event, it led Mick on a personal discovery to locate the details of his Great Grandfather, Edward Bentley, who bravely fought and succumbed on 9th July 2016, which makes this event even more poignant for Mick and his family.
Supporting good causes is part Mick’s DNA. His great work over the years has raised funds for a number of charities, from hosting the home coming ball for the Royal Marines to supporting the ex-Forces back into work.
We caught up with Mick, who had this to say:
“I want to thank Marco and all the team at GRCL for their support. This one is very personal to me and will be a truly humbling experience. I will be posting regularly on my Facebook feed and invite you all to follow me on my walk, so that we can experience the ups and the downs together. Sponsorship would be gratefully received and even the soles of my shoes can also be sponsored!”
Mick will be doing it all for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity, the National Charity of the British Army, who support soldiers, veterans and their families when they need it most.
Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) has opened an office in Derby to facilitate a new core business offering around the supply of labour, which has been featured in RailStaff Magazine.
The new strategically placed office will be used to meet external client demands for labour including safety critical personnel, as well as supporting GRCL’s own current and future rail projects in the Midlands and North of the UK.
The company has assembled an experienced and committed management team to run this new labour division, whose industry reputation in the rail sector precedes them. As a safe and trusted partner for clients working on some of the UK’s biggest rail infrastructure projects, GRCL know it is not just about providing people with the right skills, it is also about providing people with the right approach.
The company is fully committed to the rigorous requirements of the rail industry. As an employer, GRCL continuously ensures the health, safety and wellbeing of all its workers and always verify their competencies. The company has an outstanding reputation for staff retention, underpinned by the quality and diversity of its resource and its commitment to world-class training and development of its staff.
GRCL’s new office in Derby is a signal of its growth and success across its rail infrastructure sectors of operation, which encompass civil, structural engineering and building, E&P and signalling works – as well as this new exciting labour supply arm. The company has a great track record of achievements across the country and is no stranger to the Midlands area, by virtue of its significant contribution to the East Notts Resignalling project.
Global Rail Construction (GRCL) is pleased to announce it has secured a multi-disciplinary design and build contract at Greenwich Generating Station, and will comprise the design and construction of housings and enclosures to support the static VAR compensator (SVC) assembly from Siemens Plc.
Greenwich Generating Station stands on the south bank of the River Thames and provides emergency back-up power for the underground in case of a substantial failure in the National Grid.
As part of London Underground’s power upgrades, Greenwich Generating Station has been identified as a suitable location to install equipment that will improve the quality of the power feeding the distribution network.
Following significant changes to the site and its associated infrastructure the original turbine hall is now mostly unused and has available space. It is intended to use the available space by installing equipment to improve power quality and to generate low carbon electricity to the London Underground (LU) network.
As part of the project Global Rail Construction will be providing a range of civil and structural engineering design and construction services together with mechanical and electrical building services installations. The works will take place across three packages consisting of the following:
Design and construction of a reinforced concrete over-slab beneath the entire basement area of the SVC demise to accommodate the loadings of the new superstructure
Design and construction of new accommodation for the SVC comprising of:
Control and Protection Room
Fan assisted glycol heat exchanger supports
Access ramps, personnel stairways and maintenance platforms
Associated mechanical, electrical and fire detection systems
Construction of an extension to the first floor 22kV switch room.
Discussing the contract award, Marco Lombardelli, Managing Director of GRCL, said:
“This project is a fantastic opportunity for us to display our extensive multidisciplinary design and construction capabilities for a prestigious client. It will be a challenging scheme with many technical difficulties involved, particularly around planning and making space available to accommodate the site’s SVC assembly equipment layout.
“This latest contract is further evidence of our growing reputation as a leading design and build contractor for the UK’s mainline and metro rail systems.”
UK Rail contractor, Global Rail Construction Ltd, is delighted to have secured the Principal Contractor (PC) role for the design and construction of the advanced civil engineering works on Phase 1 of the Feltham resignalling project – having submitted a most detailed and comprehensive offer to do so.
As PC, Global Rail Construction (GRCL) will deliver the full GRIP 5-8 design and construct contract directly for Network Rail Infrastructure Limited (Network Rail). The scope of work covers civil and structural engineering works on Network Rail’s Wessex Route and specifically covers: Area 1a – Shepperton Branch; Area 1b – Norbiton Sub Station to Fulwell Jct and Area 2 – Barnes to Whitton Jct, Hounslow Sub Station.
A thrilled Marco Lombardelli, Managing Director of GRCL, was quick to praise his team:
“This is a fantastic achievement and a true reflection of the hard work, effort and professionalism of all who contributed to this success. It is great to be part of such an exciting opportunity for our business, especially having worked so incredibly hard during the last couple of years to achieve and maintain full PCL status.”
The Feltham resignalling project forms part of the signalling renewals/National Operating Strategy (NOS) scheme, which is intending to renew the life-expired signalling infrastructure in Feltham and Wokingham areas to the modern equivalent form. The total scheme covers the renewal of 538 Signalling Equivalent Units (SEUs). The full geographical workscope, which covers over 80 miles of railway lines also included, for the first time, the introduction of Atkins’ brand-new signalling system – Elix.
Commercial Director Jim Cuell also added:
“This PC contract award comes off the back of our previous sub-contract work on the Feltham resignalling scheme, whereby civil and structural engineering works were undertaken along the Shepperton branch and successfully completed at the end of 2016.
“This is therefore a fantastic opportunity for GRCL to directly deliver a high-profile PC package of work to Network Rail, and we look forward to the successful delivery of this project in due course.”
Global Rail Construction Ltd is part of the Global Infrastructure Group and is a leading UK provider of design and build services to clients in the rail and transportation sector. The company is a principal contractor for UK mainline and metro railways across a number of disciplines, which include signalling, mechanical, electrical and power (MEP), telecoms, civil and structural engineering, maintenance, renewal, providing a fully tested and commissioned service, on both Network Rail and Transport For London controlled infrastructure. You can read more about what we do by clicking here.
Global Rail Construction Ltd has been awarded the Sustainability Award at the Galvanisers Association’s GAGA Awards 2017 for its work to design, supply and install of several large galvanised steel signal structures for Network Rail at Crossrail.
The company was commended for its efforts to achieve significant cost and programme efficiencies while including new strategies for sustainability at the end of the installation’s life.
GRCL’s engineering team offered a thoroughly sustainable approach to the project lifecycle, allowing them to consider all aspects of material construction and deconstruction. They proposed the use of hot dip galvanised gantry and cantilever structures with galvanised steel support grillages, which allows the equipment to be easily reused or recycled when removed at the end of its useful life.
The decision to move away from traditional methods was a key success of this project. Current end of life scenarios for steel and concrete show that 93% of steel is recycled and 6% is reused – a growing natural resource as opposed to concrete which is 20% recycled and 75% downcycled.
David Vine, Principal Design Manager of GRCL said: “We are delighted to have been recognised for our efforts to provide innovative solutions for the galvanising industry with this important award.
“We look forward to being able to deliver further ground-breaking and sustainable projects for all of our rail clients in the future.”
To read more about the rail infrastructure projects Global Rail Construction undertakes, please click here.
Global Rail Construction is currently exhibiting at Rail Live, one of the largest rail exhibitions in Europe.
Rail Live has been recognised as the ‘highlight rail event of the year’, and hosts hundreds of exhibitors from across the industry. It is taking place at the Quinton Rail Technology Centre in Warwickshire, and is a fantastic opportunity for customers and suppliers to meet face-to-face, sharing best practice solutions, demonstrating new products and networking with high-profile industry leaders.
Global Rail Construction is exhibiting alongside foundation solutions business Van-Elle, and we will be showcasing our in-depth knowledge of UK rail systems, while meeting and greeting our industry peers. The event will allow us to present our expertise in turnkey design and construction projects, and help us in exploring new opportunities.
Marco Lombardelli, Managing Director for Global Rail Construction, said: “Rail Live is one of the premier events in the rail calendar and a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase our capabilities in the industry. We’re delighted to be exhibiting alongside our friends at Van-Elle, who we are sharing a stand with at Location L28/L26B. If you’re at Rail Live today come and say hello!”
Rail Live is taking place today between 10am and 4pm.
The Galvanising Association has been providing an authoritative guidance and information service on hot dip galvanising since 1949 and has specifically recognised and commended its use since 1994, via its annual awards ceremony the “GAGAs”.
Global Rail Construction Ltd (GRCL) is delighted to have been shortlisted for a construction award in respect of the installation of their large hot dip galvanised (HDG) steel signal structures and foundations for Network Rail at Crossrail.
An in-house design and build team has enabled GRCL to construct many galvanised signal support structures for the UK Rail Infrastructure over the years.
GRCL’s contract specifically covered the design, supply and installation of several large HDG steel signal structures including a five-track gantry signal and a large HDG steel two-track cantilever structure, plus several smaller HDG steel lightweight gantry and cantilever structures.
The use of HDG delivers many advantages over more traditional methods and also allows HDG at the end of the installation life, to be easily removed and either reused or recycled.
GRCL’s engineering team offered a thoroughly sustainable approach to the project lifecycle, allowing them to consider all aspects of material construction and deconstruction. This approach helped to ensure that all the constituent parts of the project were either easily recovered for reuse or recycling.
Directly employed GRCL staff installed all HDG foundations and structures. The lightweight “no access” cantilever and gantry structures were installed during midweek night shifts and isolations using RRV cranes.
The large two-track access cantilever at Maidenhead was installed over several weekend possessions, which was complicated by the early running of the new Overhead Line Wires (OLE) in the area. Careful planning of the lifts enabled the structure to be installed between the wires, which allowed all works to be completed and handed over on time and to budget.
Hot Dip Galvanizing has protected steel across UK and Ireland for more than 150 years. It bonds itself metallurgically to steel imparting toughness and abrasion resistance through its alloy layers. Its unique characteristics help provide a long maintenance free life for steel.
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It has been a busy time for Global Rail Construction’s Quality and Compliance Team, having had consecutive months of external accreditation audits.
May saw the business pass its annual RISQS audit with the highest rating of 5 stars last month. RISQS is the railway industry supplier qualification scheme, and is the preferred route for suppliers to engage with their customers through a fair, open and transparent third-party qualification process.
In June, the team has overseen the successful completion of an audit of the company’s ISO9001:2008 accreditation – the international standard for Quality Assurance. This surveillance audit of the quality management systems was undertaken by NQA (part of NTS), which is one of the leading independent providers of accredited certification, training and support services to help organisations perform better in quality, environment, energy, sustainability and health & safety management.
During the three-day audit, there were no NC’s (non-compliances) raised however, one opportunity for improvement was identified with reference to the collection of customer feedback.
Peter Coleman, Global Rail Construction’s Head of Compliance, was delighted and said:
“Special thanks again to all those who participated in the audit both in the office and also at the 820 Romford Project.
“Our philosophy is to never stop improving, we believe we can always can do better, consistently, continually and sustainably. That’s what we strive for at Global Rail Construction and it’s what we’re here to help achieve, transforming our business and building for future success.”
You can read more about Global Rail Construction’s commitment to their corporate social responsibilities here:
Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) has opened an office in Derby to facilitate a new core business offering around the supply of labour. The new strategically placed office will be used to meet external client demands for labour including safety critical personnel, as well as supporting GRCL’s own current and future rail projects in the Midlands and North of the UK.
The company has assembled an experienced and committed management team to run this new labour division, whose industry reputation in the rail sector precedes them. As a safe and trusted partner for clients working on some of the UK’s biggest rail infrastructure projects, GRCL know it is not just about providing people with the right skills, it is also about providing people with the right approach. This reinforces their strapline of “Resourcing Solutions to the Railway Industry.”
The company is fully committed to the rigorous requirements of the rail industry. As an employer, GRCL continuously ensures the health, safety and wellbeing of all its workers and always verify their competencies. The company has an outstanding reputation for staff retention, underpinned by the quality and diversity of its resource and its commitment to world-class training and development of its staff.
GRCL holds a Full Principal Contractors Licence and is a leading UK provider of design and build services to clients in the rail and transportation sector. With its head office in Hertfordshire, the company undertakes projects throughout the UK; the opening of the new midlands hub, on 3rd April 2017, allows project managers direct coverage of contracts across this region of the country. It is also a milestone for the company due to the city of Derby’s significance to the rail industry.
The Roundhouse at Derby is the world’s first and oldest surviving railway roundhouse. It was originally developed in 1839 by four rival rail companies, including North Midland Railway (NMR) for whom George Stephenson and his son Robert were engineers.
The Midland Railway became one of the country’s prominent railway companies with lines throughout Derbyshire, up to Carlisle in the North (including the country’s highest station at Dent) and to the south with its London terminus at spectacular St Pancras. From 1873, the Midland Railway Locomotive Works, known locally as “The Loco”, became a major manufacturer of locomotives and rolling stock units. When the railways were nationalized in 1947, the Derby works became part of the BR Workshops.
GRCL’s new office in Derby is a signal of its growth and success across its rail infrastructure sectors of operation, which encompass civil and structural engineering, E&P, signalling and building works – as well as its new exciting labour supply arm. The company has a great track record of achievements across the country and is no stranger to the Midlands area, by virtue of its significant contribution to the East Notts Resignalling project, which was completed at the end of last year.
RailStaff magazine has publicised a feature on the recent appointment of Sean Donaghey at Global Rail Construction Ltd.
The article, on page 10 of the publication, announces Sean’s role as Operations Director for the UK arm of the Global Infrastructure Group and goes into some detail about his 30-year, multi-disciplinary career. Sean has gained substantial operational experience of the rail, construction and power industries, working on high-profile projects including the design and development of the £30 million station roof replacement for May Gurney Ltd.
Global Rail Construction Ltd. was delighted to welcome Sean on board and was pleased that this significant appointment was featured in the rail industry’s leading ‘people’ publication.
This coverage further promotes the growing presence of the wider Global Infrastructure Group, whose international operations cover the UK, Irish and Australian Rail, Transport and Infrastructure markets.
You can read more by clicking here.
Global Rail Construction (GRCL) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded the next two signalling installation phases at Banbury Depot.
Having already successfully delivered the first phase of the signalling installation works at the depot and also been the first signalling organisation in the UK to install and commission a Tiefenbach points machine with associated back-drive – Global Rail Construction is delighted to secure further works.
The full scope of works included the full installation and commissioning of four points machines, three B Switches, a brand new Control Panel, along with the associated and necessary cabling and wiring. The previous works were undertaken during railway line blockages in the depot and required close and appropriate stakeholder engagement with the Banbury depot staff.
With parts coming from Europe, logistics management was vital. Global Rail Construction even took to flying over to Germany to obtain the necessary materials to ensure timely delivery and completion of the signalling installation works.
Working closely with design and testing partner Fenix Signalling, the project was commissioned on time.
Marco Lombardelli, Managing Director of Global Rail said this:
“Global Rail Construction has considerable experience in delivering complex turnkey railway signalling projects and has an extensive portfolio of successfully commissioned projects.
“The company’s services include the management, planning, installation, test and commissioning of complete railway signalling systems. From conducting the initial feasibility studies and developing the Construction Phase Plan, through to installation and testing of the equipment, our project management teams ensure that each element is completed and fully tested and commissioned before the project is signed off.”
We are delighted to report that much of our great project work has been summarised as part of a double page spread in December’s edition of Rail Engineer magazine.
Global Rail Construction Ltd. (GRCL) is part of the Global Infrastructure Group and is a leading UK provider of design and build services to clients in the rail and transportation sector.
The company is a principal contractor for UK mainline and metro railways across a number of disciplines, which include signalling, mechanical, electrical and power (MEP), civil and structural engineering, maintenance, renewal, and provides a fully tested and commissioned service, on both Network Rail and Transport for London controlled infrastructure.
Offering either sector-specific services, or a fully managed turnkey solution across a range of activities including project management, construction and civil engineering design, Global Rail Construction specialises in the design, installation, commissioning and testing of railway critical infrastructure.
Global Rail Construction’s in house expertise and flexible management approach, based on decades of engineering and delivering solutions has resulted in us providing an award-winning service.
Global Rail Construction is currently delivering a range of electrification and re-signalling projects for a variety of clients from rail network operators through to major infrastructure organisations, and we are proud that our great UK-wide rail work is being recognised by the specialist media.
Commercial Director Jim Cuell, commented on this by saying:
“Our teams are delivering on a multitude of prestigious multi-disciplinary rail projects. I am delighted that this article goes some way to highlight the difference GRCL is making on the UK’s railway infrastructure.”
You can read more by clicking here.
UK Rail Infrastructure Contractor – Global Rail Construction Ltd (GRCL) – are pleased to confirm the award of their first project for the Alstom Babcock Costain (ABC) Electrification Ltd joint venture.
The project at Barnt Green – part of the Midland Mainline electrification works – comprises civil engineering works to provide and install new ducting through the station platforms, including the subsequent remedial works to the platforms to bring them back into full service.
ABC as one of the largest electrification businesses in Europe, secured two significant UK Frameworks in 2014 covering Network Rail routes in Central (LNW South) and Western and Wales, which include a number of significant UK programmes to provide and upgrade electrification to the Valley Lines, Great Western Rail Modification (GWRM) and Bristol Patchway to Swansea routes over a seven year period.
Electrifying key UK rail routes will mean faster, greener, quieter and more reliable journeys for thousands of passengers. More seats than diesel trains and superior performance will give journey-time savings.
ABC was formed in 2012 to support Network Rail in meeting these challenges.
The works involve detailed planning and co-ordination of works activities, of which GRCL will combine their engineering and delivery expertise, to meet the requirements of this complex, multi-faceted scheme, which demands experience and know-how.
GRCL are delighted to have the opportunity to work with a client of such size and industry standing and look forward to effectively delivering these works.
Marco Lombardelli, Owner and Managing Director of GRCL commented:
“Global Rail Construction Ltd look forward to delighting ABC – delivering on our promise – with the hope of developing a long term working partnership.”
The UK arm of the Global Infrastructure Group – Global Rail Construction Ltd – is pleased to announce that it has secured the civils package associated with the construction on 2No Sub-Stations as part of the Reading 10-Car Upgrade works, which form part of Network Rail’s wider £38bn investment through to 2019.
The project supports the delivery of the High Level Output Specification (HLOS) capacity metric for London Waterloo, which indicates that it is necessary to provide capacity to accommodate an additional demand of 9,700 passengers in the three-hour morning peak.
Global Rail Construction will supply traction power supply infrastructure to enable the operation of 10 car services on the Reading to London Waterloo and Aldershot via Ascot to London Waterloo routes. This will relieve overcrowding, particularly between Virginia Water and London Waterloo in the morning peak.
The full project scope of works is split into three categories:
Electrical Track Equipment (ETE) Enhancements:
The project will have major interfaces with the Reading and Ascot to London Waterloo Train Lengthening, which is carrying out work in the same area over the same timescales, the Feltham re-signalling project, a project that Global Rail Construction are currently delivering significant works for and, the Wessex capacity programme, which could overlap with possession requirements.
The delivery of the significant capital investment on the Wessex Route in CP5 is complex; therefore an integrated programme between stakeholders will be produced, to manage the interfaces between various projects.
The works commence in September 2016 and will run through to January 2017 and are contracted through HVMS – Network Rail’s current E&P framework contractor for the Southern Region.
Jim Cuell, Global Rail Construction’s Commercial Director, was delighted with this award and said:
“The Wessex area has seen us delivering on many important Network Rail enhancements such as ASDO and Feltham Resignalling and this win is reward for our outstanding delivery record.
“Our estimating team under the direction of Don Osborn, delivered another compelling bid and as a board, we are grateful for the efforts of the whole tendering team”.
Global Rail Construction Ltd, the UK rail infrastructure contractor, has secured Lot 4 on behalf of Transport for London (TfL), a contract which forms part of its five-year Station Works Improvement Programme (SWIP).
The company is a principal contractor for UK mainline and metro railways across a number of disciplines, which include signalling, mechanical, electrical and power (MEP), telecoms, civil and structural engineering, maintenance, renewal and provides a fully tested and commissioned service on both Network Rail and TfL controlled infrastructure.
This represents the third success for Global Rail Construction from four lots tendered for, in conjunction with TfL’s proposed £330m stations upgrade programme framework, which will bring improvements to over seventy stations on TfL’s infrastructure.
Lot 4 includes electrical works to the stations and can include multiple packages of works at various locations. Managing Director at Global Rail Construction, Marco Lombardelli said:
“Being able to offer either sector-specific services or a fully managed turnkey solution across a range of activities, including project management, allows Global Rail Construction to specialise in the design, installation, commissioning and testing of railway critical infrastructure.
“Global Rail Construction’s in-house expertise and flexible management approach, based on decades of engineering and delivering solutions, has resulted in this further success.
“We are successfully delivering a range of projects on TfL’s infrastructure and are delighted that TfL has rewarded our innovative approach to this framework.”
The framework agreement, which is for an initial five years, and could be extended by three more years, was let by TfL to give smaller specialist contractors greater freedom to value engineer and innovate.
Global Rail Construction is expecting mobilisation for these works to commence shortly.
Global Rail Construction Ltd. is delighted to announce the continuation of its ongoing partnership with Balfour Beatty Engineering Services, with the award of Package 5A, which forms part of the sub-surface rail line upgrade on behalf of Transport for London.
The full scope of the contract includes the design, installation, test and commissioning of 11kV and 22kV cables together with associated HV cable diverts and fibre optic pilot cables, and the decommissioning of four HV cables.
Global Rail Construction Ltd’s scope of works incorporates full material logistics, management and the installation of all necessary cable route containment from Neasden BSP through to Cobourg Street.
The sub-surface rail line (SSR) power upgrade project primarily comprises the introduction of new rolling stock and signalling systems. As well as providing a greatly improved passenger environment that includes air conditioning, the new trains, coupled with the introduction of new signalling, will permit faster station-to-station running times and higher train service frequencies.
Global Rail Construction Ltd. has been awarded a second consecutive Network Rail Star Award for its exceptional approach to the management and control of health, safety, welfare and environmental practices at its sites on the Great Western Electrification Project (GWEP).
One of the largest single infrastructure projects of its kind, GWEP will provide more reliable, greener and quieter journeys for thousands of passengers. Around 1,000 kilometres of railway will be electrified between London and Cardiff for the introduction of new Intercity Express trains by Hitachi.
This major project will see Global Rail Construction Ltd. using its vast rail engineering experience to help deliver infrastructure works to bring GWEP into service, with most of the works being completed during the current control period.
Global Rail Construction Ltd is part of the Global Infrastructure Group and is a leading UK provider of design and build services to clients in the rail and transportation sector.
Owner and Managing Director, Marco Lombardelli, said: “This is testament to the operational cultures that we have developed, and working practices that our staff and supply chain have fully embraced, and this recognition is richly deserved. Having been issued a full Principal Contractors Licence, we intend to continue to work hard to ensure that we meet and exceed both our own and our clients’ expectations.
“The last three months have been incredibly exciting, with a worldwide rebrand of our UK and overseas activities, under the banner of the Global Infrastructure Group. I look forward to reporting further successes in the future.”
Global Rail Construction Limited has been awarded the Network Rail Star Award for their work sites on the Great Western Electrification Project with an impressive score of 91.6%.
Network Rail’s STAR award programme recognises and rewards sites, work groups or compounds that meet and exceed high levels of health, safety and environmental risk control.
The assessments cover:
Commercial Director Jim Cuell said: “Many Congratulations to the whole GWEP Team for a great achievement. These awards are not won easily and the level of effort and commitment given by the whole project delivery and supporting QSE team is appreciated by all at GRCL.”
Global Rail Construction Ltd (GRCL) has been awarded a full status Network Rail Principal Contractor Licence – a key milestone for the UK railway infrastructure and systems contractor.
This licence provides the company with the opportunity to act directly as a main contractor for Network Rail on the delivery of major railway infrastructure projects across the UK.
After successfully being selected through Network Rail’s comprehensive supply chain selection process, and following a rigorous two-stage audit of GRCL’s systems and on site management, the Network Rail Principal Contractor Licence scheme assessed the competency and application of GRCL’s workforce, operating culture, processes, procedures and HSQE practices, concluding that it is fully assured to deliver works safely, and to the highest possible standard.
Global Rail Construction achieved a provisional licence in 2014, following a rigorous review of its procedures and the success of the works undertaken on a number of projects including the ASDO signalling project for Network Rail’s Wessex route.
Managing Director of Global Rail Construction, Marco Lombardelli, said: “This outstanding achievement is testament to the combined efforts of the whole team since gaining provisional status. Gaining a full Principal Contractor Licence validates Global Rail Construction’s commitment to the control of quality and safety assurance, and demonstrates a culture of railway excellence that is the very cornerstone of our business.
“These daily practices are part of our company’s ethos and core values and I am delighted with this result as we look to extend our offering into both new and existing rail markets. On behalf of the board, I would like to thank everyone involved in the process. It has taken a remarkable team effort and is acknowledgement of the commitment, determination and ability of our people.”
Global Infrastructure Group gained valuable press coverage this month through a double page spread in the July edition of Rail Engineer.
The article leads on the way railway infrastructure providers must employ innovation to add value for their clients, citing how the UK arm of the group – Global Rail Construction Ltd. – applied this to their recent ASDO project for Network Rail’s Wessex Route. The approach taken by rail engineering specialist Global Rail Construction Ltd. involved meticulous planning and high levels of collaboration to minimise disruption to the railway infrastructure.
Credit is also given to Global Infrastructure Group’s strengths in collaborating with other contractors, suppliers and stakeholders, and its ability to understand the multi-disciplinary nature of rail projects. The second half goes on to describe Global Infrastructure Group’s recent period of growth and rebranding, to provide its public and private sector clients with complete clarity around its unique infrastructure offering in the UK, Irish and Australian markets.
The publication was pleased to note the Group’s Safety Coaches programme, which will be of great interest and benefit to the industry.
Global Rail Construction’s Safety Coach Initiative – has been shortlisted by a panel of experts for the National Rail Safety Award.
As one of the most important National Rail Award categories, safety has always been high on both public and political agendas – and rightly so. Having been shortlisted the judges were clear on Global Rail Construction’s tangible commitment to improving safety.
Global Rail Construction’s Safety Coach initiative has been instigated as a long-term measure and is part of an embedded culture of practices to influence both employee and supply chain behaviours.
Just under a year ago, Global Rail Construction commenced its Safety Coaches initiative as part of its overall Behavioral Safety Management Programme. Safety Coaches are front line employees that act as the “Voice” and “Face” of the organisation. They are engaged and empowered to promote a culture of safety across all projects and provide the continued growth of our safety leadership team, values which are at the very heart of the business.
The next steps are to present to a further panel at the end of June, as Global Rail Construction look to further demonstrate their commitment to all railway stakeholders who come into contact with their day-to-day activities.
Hot on the heals of their other award success, Global Rail Construction have been nominated as finalists for the FSB Hertfordshire Business Awards.
Their nomination for the Green Award reflects the company’s sustainable approach to business in terms of reducing or removing the harmful impact that its products and/or services have on the environment; the business has also been selected as a finalist for Welwyn and Hatfield Business of the Year.
Global Rail Construction place a lot of importance on the role they play in their local community and this nomination, which highlights the businesses outstanding initiative, as well as sound management practices, also focuses on our boldness and imagination as a local enterprise.
These awards further demonstrate Global Rail Construction’s on-going and sustainable growth, which provides a platform for our long-term commercial success.
Our full listing can be found at: www.hertfordshireawards.co.uk
Global Rail Construction, having recently entered three categories at this year’s Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards, have been nominated as a finalist in all three for Business of the Year, The Environmental Award and also Achievement in International Business.
The Business of the Year award recognises demonstrable levels of growth and our robust plans for sustainable financial performance, whilst the Environmental Award has noted to date our responsible business practices in relation to the environment, community and people – aligning with our business core values.
Finally, the Achievement in International Business nomination recognises the successful trade of the wider Global Infrastructure Group of companies.
A representative from the Award category sponsor plus two independent judges presided over each entry and after a fiercely fought completion Global Rail Construction were shortlisted for these prestigious awards, awards that recognise the importance of the business in the Hertfordshire region.
Neville Reyner, Chairman of the Hertfordshire Chamber of Commerce Board, also moderated the entries.
The full list of finalists is available at http://www.hertschamber.com/2016-finalists.