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As part of a competitive tendering process and through its house resources & design capabilities from both civil and electrical perspective, Global Rail Services Ltd were awarded a contract for the design and build of 150kW charge points at five Irish Rail Stations, Sallins/Nass, Tralee, Dundalk, Westport and Bray.
With the previous successful D&B delivery of EV fast chargers for taxis on a previous contract for Irish Rail at three separate locations, Global Rail Services are becoming a supplier of choice for Irish Rail in its expansion of EV charging capabilities.
The works are in support of the Irish government through its state body, the NTA (National Transport Authority) to expand the growth of electric vehicles (EV).
On completion, each station will be equipped with a 150kW rapid charge point and all necessary site infrastructure to provide a seamless charging experience for EV drivers. This investment in EV charging infrastructure, is an important step towards making Ireland’s fleet greener and more sustainable.
The design and installation of these fast-charging stations involves the detailed design of duct routes and chambers in roadways, pathways, and car parks. Electrical works, including the provision and installation of electrical charging units and ESB units.
The works at each railway station include:
• 150kW DC rapid charge point
• Electrical supply equipment
• Groundworks and trenching of roadway
• Construction of ESBN substation reinforced concrete bases
• Signposts and safety bollards
• Car space painting
The individual charge points will include a dual outlet with the charging output shared between one CHAdeMO and one CCS connector, with the option to upgrade to CCS in the future if requirements change. These charging points will also have the ability to load share across the two sockets.
Progress to date the civil works are complete in four of the five sites with Tralee being almost complete. Cable installation has been completed in four of the five sites also, with Tralee the only site remaining. Line marking has been carried out at two of the five sites with the three remaining sites anticipated to be completed in the next two weeks. Commissioning of each unit will take place as soon as the ESB Networks metering team installs 3 phase meters and energises each metering cabinet, this is due to be completed within the next 4 weeks. The project is on track to be finished by the end of May. This is great news for EV taxi drivers who will soon have access to fast-charging stations at key locations throughout the country.
Global Rail Services is committed to supporting the transition to clean energy and reducing the country’s carbon footprint. The installation of these rapid charge points is just the beginning of a larger effort to make Ireland’s public transportation system more environmentally friendly.
In conclusion, the government’s provision for new EV fast-charging stations and Irish Rail’s partnership with Global Rail Services is a positive step towards a cleaner, greener future for Ireland.
Global Rail Services Ltd in Ireland, has completed civil and electrical works in support of the installation of the new radiation monitoring equipment at Malin Head, Met Eireann, County Donegal and aerosol measurement units at Johnstown Castle EPA Headquarters, County Wexford.
At both locations, we constructed two concrete plinths and connected them to each other and to the office building via new ducting. We then delivered and installed a new mini pillar to connect the cabling to the new cabinets. This weighed 500kg and was lifted onto the larger concrete plinth using Global Rail Services Hiab lorry and secured in position using M12 bolts.
The team the installed 30m of electrical cable at Malin Head and 100m at Johnstown Castle from the office to the mini pillar. Inside the mini pillar, we mounted a small sub-distribution fuse board to supply local power. All electrical connections to switches and boards were carefully made with suitable materials. Furthermore, all external steelwork was correctly bonded to local earth electrodes.
This successful project illustrates Global Rail Services Ltd internal capabilities as a turnkey solution provider for multi-disciplinary civil and electrical projects on behalf of the EPA.
There were also a few minor additions that took place on this project for which Global Rail Services’ team seamlessly integrated in their role as both PSCS and PSDP.
The successful execution of this project is testament to Global Rail Services Ltd’s expertise, dedication and quality of workmanship.
Our Irish business Global Rail Services Ltd (GRSL), is thrilled to announce its successful involvement in a crucial element of the drainage and water distribution improvement project in Wicklow County, Ireland. Their contribution to this project will soon benefit many residents in the area, and the company take great pride in having played a role in its development.
Over the Easter holiday period, Global Rail Services collaborated with Wicklow Council and Irish Rail to install new drainage and watermain distribution pipes through the level crossing at Bray Dart Station. Teams worked around the clock for 72 hours during the TIII possession over the cross-levelling lines at Bray Station, ensuring a seamless removal of track and existing watermains, installation of the services, reinstatement of track, renewal of tarmac and line marking.
Prior to the weekend taking place, numerous stakeholder meetings were held with Irish Rail, Irish Water, the Gas board and ESB to identify services, reduce risk and minimise impact on residents. Irish Rail commenced their works first to remove the track panels. Global Rail Services were up next in conjunction with Irish Water to excavate a 35m trench 2.5m deep and 1.2m wide. A trench box support system was used during the construction in accordance with the temporary works design.
The existing water main was cast iron, shallow, and had to be removed to allow the installation of the 450mm of surface water drainage below. Existing Gas mains and ESB cables provided an extremely narrow window of installation. Even with pre-planning, radar scaning, and surveys, additional unchartered ESB services were uncovered during the works. Rapid intervention from the Global Rail Services site team supported by the ESB, led to a fast resolution which allowed works to continue. On completion of the surface water drainage, the watermain was reinstated to the required separation distance.
Irish Water returned to renew and reinstate all track panels and points that had been removed after which GRSL could complete 450m2 of tarmac reinstatement and line mark the entire area.
Global Rail Services Ltd would like to extend its gratitude to their dedicated staff who have shown exceptional commitment throughout this intense and challenging project. Their tireless efforts and professionalism have been instrumental in bringing these upgrades to fruition.
A new accessibility footbridge at Gormanston Railway Station has been opened to the public on the 27th February 2023.
The project teams from both Irish Rail and Global Rail Services are to be praised for the safe project execution and high-quality result, particularly as all works were completed on or adjacent to an existing high speed railway line with minimal disruption to passengers or trains.
The substructure works included the installation of 10m deep SFA, nominal 350mm diameter piles, in situ reinforced concrete retaining walls and foundations and below ground utilities to tie the new facility into existing, drainage, lighting, power, CCTV and fire systems. The ESB power supply also had to upgraded due to limited capacity and for future proofing purposes.
The superstructure installation covered new precast concrete lift shafts, stairs, and bridges, the erection of structural steel cladding, a roof, glazing and handrails. The lift shafts were additionally encapsulated using a ‘euro brick’ cladding system.
Upon completion of the main works, Global Rail Services in-house teams, managed the Mechanical and Electrical installations including new platform lighting, re-wiring of the station CCTV system, new PA systems and power.
The success of this high-profile project highlights the multi-disciplinary rail engineering prowess of the Global Rail Services team, offering infrastructure clients a capable, one-stop turnkey service for managed Civil and Structural Engineering, Building, Mechanical and Electrical rail engineering projects.
We would like to send a huge thank you to all those involved for this incredibly impressive effort. As a team, we have delivered with a high level of diligence in order to make this project a success for Irish Rail and the local community.
Owners Ivan Holloway and Marco Lombardelli are delighted to announce that Stephen O’Brien has been appointed Managing Director of their Irish businesses. Stephen, who joined Global Rail Services Limited and GRA Networks Ireland as General Manager and Director of Telecoms respectively, has overseen a period of outstanding growth.
This is even more impressive, as much of his tenure to date has been following the aftermath of a global pandemic, where his resilience, dedication and innovative approaches have enhanced the businesses and delivered fantastic results, with the help and support of his Senior Leadership and the wider team in Ireland. The companies are highly regarded by clients as respected rail and infrastructure and telecoms contracting entities.
Stephen has three decades of experience in the management and delivery of projects for the construction and professional services industries, previously holding senior management positions at Morrison Telecom Services and Obelisk. With an MBA and degrees in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering from Trinity College, Dublin and UCD respectively, Stephen is a professionally affiliated leader, holding memberships of both the Irish Management Institute (MIMI) and the Institute of Engineers of Ireland (MIEI).
Stephen commented on this news, saying:
“I’m proud to have become the Managing Director of both Global Rail Services Limited and GRA Networks Ireland and will continue to do my best to ensure the businesses remain successful, innovative, and great places to work. I am also grateful to my entire team in Ireland for their support. Your skills, wisdom, and experience has been a vital ingredient to our successes.”
Ivan Holloway, Part Owner of the Global Infrastructure Group of Companies added:
“I’m delighted that Stephen will be taking on the role of MD for our Irish businesses. He’s done a fantastic job of improving performance of the businesses and has proven to be an excellent leader. We’ve found the ideal person to take our interests forward and support the long-term objectives of the shareholders.”
Global Rail Services has been commissioned by Irish Rail to complete the installation of telecoms towers and monopoles including associated civils and electrical works to facilitate the roll out of the GSM-R project as part of the GSMR 3A Civils works package 2 on the Dublin to Cork railway line for Irish Rail. 19No sites in total were completed by Global Rail Services.
As part of this major program of the works, the team at Global Rail Services has recently completed a complex 15m monopole tower project in Cork.
Due to the limited area on site, a large bulk excavation was completed, which then required an engineering retaining support system to be installed prior to commencement of the Mast base location works at this site. This consisted of a large gabion basket structure to retain the existing ground profile prior to the start of the excavation.
The 1.5m excavation was completed adjacent to the rail line under lookout protection, 3m away from the running rail. Global Rail Services installed a 300mm lean mix layer below the base. The steel reinforced foundation cage was installed on site – 3.5m x 3.5m and 1.2m deep. Peri shutters were used to cast the foundation base. All concrete on site was pumped.
All associated ducting for ESB and fibre works were completed as per specification. Fibre works were completed at night under T111 possessions, road railers and rail dumpers were used to install 2No precast JB4A manholes and 45m of ducting over existing fibre, which was completed to connect to the Irish Rail network based in NTCC in Dublin.
Palisade fencing and gates were also completed to create a standalone Telecoms compound.
A crane hard standing area was then constructed to lift the new Monopole into location. Our rigging team completed installation of the 15-metre monopole, which due to the proximity of the track and the requirements for safe working was installed during a TIII absolute possession of line. This element of the project was completed by sister company GRA Networks Ireland (GSMR crews) under the supervision of Michael Ging.
As the team exited the site, they undertook landscaping works, which included planting trees, topsoiling, and seeding.
The works were delivered by our team which included David Byrne and Ger Delaney and were expertly organised, planned and coordinated by Senior Project Manager Damien Carroll.
Our Irish business – Global Rail Services – has completed its ballast containment works contract at Underbridge UBC161 in Portlaoise, for client Iarnród Éireann – successfully meeting the desired program and project outcome. The project was completed under a TIII absolute possession over an intense 4-week period – based out of Kilbricken Depot.
The significant ground engineering scope included installation of 77No Ischebeck Titan mini piles followed by 80m of galvanised ballast retention units and guard rails. During the project Irish Rail implemented a speed restriction, reducing the 100km/hr line down to 50km/hr during the day – enabling one line to be completed at a time.
This successful project was a real team effort, with Irish Rail staff working collaboratively with Global Rail Services teams to complete these works on an extremely busy line. Global Rail Services were ably supported by supply chain partners Mannings Engineering, MDH and Breffini/Dixon Bros.
Special thanks also to Stefan Aspatartei and Stelian Poiana who delivered the project from start to finish, helped by Ger Delaney, David Byrne, Ollie Brenan and Mario Baciu.
Learn more about our railway civil engineering capabilities here.
Global Rail Services were contracted by ESB Telecoms to undertake remedial works on the boundary wall of their mast location in Mullingar.
The project consisted of removing and relocating the existing power supply to the Vodafone cabin on site, demolishing the existing boundary wall and rebuilding the wall in-situ.
This site was complex due to access constraints and limited space – Global Rail Services also had to maintain parking for the adjacent businesses during the construction works.
The existing wall had extensive cracks leading to structural failure of the drystone section. The failure was ultimately due to the internal compound level, which had been approximately 1 metre above the carpark level, and exerting pressure over time on to the base of the existing wall.
This project was successfully completed on time by the Global Rail Services engineering team to meet the clients expectations in terms of program, cost and quality.
Global Rail Services civil and structural engineering capabilities take full project responsibility and offer a fully managed and integrated service for Irish clients within the built environment.
The company provide civil and structural engineering solutions from initial project planning and design, to enabling works covering site surveys, hazard and environmental assessments, procurement, onsite construction and equipment installation, through to final commissioning.
The business has a flexible approach and can undertake civil engineering projects on a turnkey, consultancy, main contract, sub-contract or resource supply basis to meet each individual client’s requirement. Skills are applied to new build, refurbishment and maintenance projects.
The Global Infrastructure Group family is pleased to welcome Damien Galligan.
Many of you will know that Irishman Damien, spent five very successful years working as a Commercial Manager for our Australian business, Global Rail Australia in Melbourne. Damien departed in 2019 to broaden his client-side experience, joining international Cost Consultant Rider Levett Bucknall.
Some 18 months later, we were delighted to be able to offer Damien, a new position worthy of his skills and experience, however, additionally, the opportunity to come back to his roots in Ireland.
Damien will therefore be joining our Irish business, Global Rail Services in Dublin, as Senior Commercial Manager, responsible for all pre and post contract duties covering cost estimating, benchmarking, value engineering, allocation of risk, project tendering, tender reports, contract administration, claims assessment, dispute resolution, negotiations and final account settlements. This covers the entire Irish portfolio, across a range of multi-disciplinary sectors covering rail and transportation, telecommunications, conservation works and new build projects.
Ivan Holloway, CEO of Global Rail Services and Global Rail Australia, added:
“Our businesses in Ireland have recently been bolstered with a number of high calibre senior appointments and promotions and this is another. Having worked with Damien in Australia, I am delighted to have been able to facilitate this senior role in Ireland for him. Welcome home Damien.”
Our Dublin based Global Rail Services team are delighted to announce the promotion of Damien Carroll to Senior Project Manager.
The promotion is testament to the expertise and dedication Damien has provided over the last 4 years – support that has been instrumental in the success of our rail and construction operations in Ireland.
His role going forward will involve project managing key contracts throughout Ireland, supporting staff and acting as senior liaison with clients.
Damien will be supporting Operations Director Eoin Shortt, to deliver sustainable project management solutions in line with both client and business requirements.
Eoin Shortt, Operations Director of Global Rail Services Limited said:
“Damien is a talented Project Manager. We are delighted to promote him and look forward to his support of Global Rail Services’ future growth and prosperity.”
We are delighted to announce the promotion of Ray Collins to Commercial Director for our Irish Operations covering our Construction, Infrastructure and Rail Contracting business Global Rail Services Limited and our telecoms arm GRA Networks Ireland.
The promotion is testament to the dedication Ray has provided over the last 12-years’ – support that has been instrumental in the growth and prosperity of our businesses in Ireland.
His role going forward, will involve directing all commercial aspects of our contracting throughout Ireland, supporting staff – forming part of a new senior management team, with fellow Directors Aidan Kelly and Eoin Short.
Ray will be supporting new General Manager Stephen O’Brien, to further grow and develop these organisations, by providing the necessary commercial governance and structure.
Ivan Holloway, CEO of Global Rail Services Limited said:
“Ray is a consummate professional and a talented commercial leader. We are delighted to promote him to Commercial Director and look forward to his advice and support for many years to come.”
Global Rail Services, our multi-disciplinary rail and infrastructure contracting business based in Dublin, has delivered an exciting project on behalf Iarnrod Eireann (Irish Rail) – an ambitious new lighting system on the White Bridge over the Shannon in Athlone.
The system, which is the latest in LED lighting technology, has been successfully commissioned by the Global Rail Services team and facilitates the illumination of the southern face of the bridge in a variety of colour tones and lighting sequences.
Mayor of Athlone Cllr Aengus O’Rourke has hailed the result of investment by and said: “I had the pleasure of working closely with senior management in the Infrastructure section of Iarnrod Eireann in recent years. And what started out back then as a discussion around the possibility of cleaning and painting the bridge soon developed into a conversation about a much more ambitious lighting project.
“Two years later and I am absolutely delighted with the outcome. I have learned so much in that time about the opportunities and capabilities of new design lighting technologies that will enhance our town.”
The metre-long sections fixed to the southern face of the bridge are capable of illuminating in any colour tone imaginable and can be programmed to flash or run from left to right from middle to edges and in any colour.
Mayor O’Rourke said that there were many trials and demonstrations and the end result is a perfect fit for the bridge and for the town:
“The ‘Instagram moment’ that has been talked about previously on the new bridge as people step from East to West and visa versa, has now been joined by a second ‘Insta moment’ opportunity for those crossing the bridge.
“Every little thing we do to enhance the town and our image is a bonus and feeds into our plan to be a great town to live in, visit, study in and do business in. And, the more positive memories people take with them from Athlone the better.
“The bridge will be lit-up every night 365 days a year and lights will be coloured in keeping with the season or in support of local initiatives.
“This would allow, for example, Christmas lighting, St Patrick’s Day lighting or particular colours to be chosen to coincide with charity events or special occasions.
“My sincere hope as we see out this challenging and difficult year, is that this new vibrant and joyful display of lights will act as a beacon to brighter days ahead for us all and for Athlone.”
Cllr Frankie Keena also welcomed the new lighting and thanked Irish Rail. He said: “It is a really impressive lighting display, which will contribute enormously to the ambiance of the area.”
Global Rail Services Limited were commissioned to deliver a project to provide for the relocation of the Connolly West Signalling, Electrical & Telecoms (SE&T) department from their existing compound at Connolly Station.
The M3 Parkway Station was identified for the relocation and involved the remodelling of the existing station building at M3 Parkway into maintenance offices for the SE&T Signalling West Department.
The works constituted the refurbishment of the existing station into offices and the construction of 2 no. new storage facilities, one structural steel and one blockwork.
Works also included the renovation of the existing building, removing the old rooflight of the station and installing a new roof covering. The scope also covered the installation and commissioning of a new electrical installation.
The works have been carried out in a manner to cause minimal impact to the safe working of the area and the public in general and with no interference with the operational railway line.
All work has been planned and co-ordinated to cause a minimum disruption to the public as possible for the duration of the works. The site has been fenced off and secured in accordance with both the works and the health and safety requirements. All deliveries were scheduled, and logistics management provided throughout. The implementation of traffic management was continually monitored, reviewed and adjusted as works proceeded.
Global Rail Services Limited (GRSL) has completed a significant and complex civil engineering project from Drybridge to Drogheda Town Centre, in Co. Louth, on behalf of long-term client ESB Networks.
In their capacity as PSCS for the project, GRSL supplied a secure yard/compound and were responsible for liaison with ESB, Louth County Council and all affected residents and business owners.
Providing a fully managed service including QSE representation for the project duration, the work scope covered the excavation, ducting, backfilling and reinstatement of trenches, including crossing a stream. GRSL also connected two existing ducts that were under the M1 motorway, laid ducts over/under existing services and culverts and installed a 400mm2 XLPE power cable prior to completion of all road and pavement restoration works.
Significant amounts of hand excavation assisted by a vacuum excavator – to help protect existing services – was also undertaken, which were very deep in a number of locations. GRSL were responsible for the design and construction of all temporary works.
Full Traffic Management was provided throughout, which covered 8 different road opening licences and 21 separate traffic management plans.
The project was a necessity for the town of Drogheda; supporting power capacity upgrades to enable future development.
Global Rail Services Limited Project Manager, John Casey added:
“Well done to all concerned for a successful project and with special thanks to supply chain partner Córas Pipeline Services Ltd.”
Irish Rail, on behalf of Rosslare Harbour, has awarded Global Rail Services Limited (GRSL) a contract to repair damage to the Berth 3 linkspan, which caters for the Stena Horizon and Europe ships.
The existing damaged structural steel elements are being replaced in a like for like manner. GRSL have been tasked with the fabrication of steel to an Execution level 3 (EXC3) for the linkspan with an estimated overall tonnage of 10 tonnes.
GRSL have provided a bespoke temporary working platform fixed to the underside of the linkspan structure for safe access to the front face of the linkspan, aided by the deployment of an MSO (Marine Survey Office) licenced safety boat with P4 certification and a competent trained skipper. The temporary platform was designed to be submerged into the sea when contract works are not taking place, so that the linkspan can remain operational for ships to use.
Works are being carefully managed and sequenced to allow ferries to operate normally, while the remedial works are being carried out and due for completion later this year.
Following a road traffic collision (RTC) in the early hours of 17/07/2020, where the granite wall of Overbridge 254 was knocked down onto the track below following an impact from a van that struck the wall, Global Rail Services Limited were tasked, by Irish Rail, with removing the debris from the track and repairing the wall.
Global Rail Services’ emergency response unit, swiftly mobilised to site to secure the works area, which was hazardous with a high and open edge over the track, installing traffic management on the road leading to and from the bridge to prevent further incidents. With close collaboration and following an inspection of the wall with Irish Rail’s Structural Engineer and the Local Authority Engineer, it was decided that the wall would need to be immediately repaired and the road surface would need to be cut and excavated to allow the wall to be reconstructed to its original position.
With the Local Authority Engineer granting an immediate 10-day window for the road to be reduced to one lane, the affected area of track was then closed off and removed from use, to prevent trains from entering where loose masonry had the potential to fall and strike a train.
Global Rail Services engaged their established supply chain partner – stonemason Rock Road Stone Company Ltd – to strip down and rebuild the lime mortar granite wall. A Global Rail Services civils team and a responsible Project Manager were also mobilised to both carry out the excavation and assist with the safe execution, co-ordination and management of the works. The works could only be carried out under TIII absolute possession, the hours of possession were 8pm to 5am.
Global Rail Services full scope of works for the emergency repair included:
Despite being given a 10 day window, the team rebuilt the wall over the course of 3 nights and then completed the painting, chevron sign installation and road reinstatement over the following 4 days by the 23/07/2020, thereby completing the works 4 days ahead of schedule.
Irish Rail’s Regional Manager for the area commented about his satisfaction with the completed works, saying: “we should have asked you to repair the rest of the wall, because the repaired wall looks better than the rest of it”. This demonstrates the quality of the work carried out by the entire Global Rail Services team.
Global Rail Services Limited (GRSL) are pleased to confirm that the first passengers were able to use the newly constructed Linkspan Bridge on 3rd July 2020, just 4 weeks after it was taken out of commission, following the successful completion of their contract for the complex replacement of the Berth 1 Linkspan upper deck transition ramp for Irish Rail. Although the works are contracted by Irish Rail, because the location was inside Rosslare Harbour, GRSL were working under the daily jurisdiction of Rosslare Europort.
The works to the upper tier, which were conducted to a demanding berthing schedule, where the lower tier had to remain operational, to enable ferries to operate normally. Activities were planned around a live working International Ship and Port Facility (ISPS), and specifically comprised the removal of the existing and installation of a new transition ramp at Berth 1, on the Upper Tiered Linkspan, to accommodate the new WB Yeats Ferry.
GRSL’s contract, which commenced on 4th June 2020, provided for the following civil works:
Following completion of this contract, GRSL have increased the previous linkspan by 1.6m and in doing so, installed nearly 40 tonnes of heavy structural steel section to an Execution Level of 3 (EXC3) standard.
During the project a number of challenges were encountered and expertly met by GRSL’s team of structural, civil and project managers, whilst still maintaining program, these included:
GRSL Contracts Manager Paul Connell, was closely involved and added:
“This complex, fast-track project has been successfully completed within the allocated shut down. We have worked closely with our sub-contractor JA Engineering, Irish Rail & Rosslare Harbour to deliver these works.
“Despite the unforeseen challenges faced, particularly in the current climate, the works have been completed to the delight of the customer – Irish Rail – and the end user Rosslare Europort. I take my hat off to all those involved in successfully executing a very bespoke project.”
In these extremely challenging times, both Ivan and I would like to share our heartfelt support and solidarity with you and your families. At Global, the health and safety of our worldwide colleagues, customers, partners and the communities in which we serve is our number one priority. We have a legacy of responsible business and we are committed to doing all that we can to keep everyone safe and healthy, every day.
We are extremely proud of and grateful to all our committed teams who deliver every day to ensure business continuity. We have been taking strict precautions to protect them and their families, while maintaining customer service. Many of our rail, telecoms and construction works and of course our 24/7 emergency crews are essential, as we play an important part in maintaining and enhancing critical infrastructure. As a result, we have made extensive contingency plans to secure our supply chain and ongoing business. We are following the advice of all governments and public health authorities, and have proactively implemented a range of precautionary measures, from stringent sanitation and cleaning protocols, to workplace distancing, and a worldwide travel ban, by putting our people first.
Team GIG, thank you for your continued endeavour and trust and please do stay safe.
Marco and Ivan
Our Irish and UK businesses have successfully completed re-certification audits of their respective company Health, Safety and Quality Management systems.
Both Global Rail Services Limited (Ireland) and Global Rail Construction Limited (UK) included a challenging migration audit from OHSAS 18001 to the new Occupational Health and Safety Standard ISO 45001:2018.
Global Rail Services also successfully completed an audit of their ISO 9001:2015, which provides continuation of their ISO 9001 certification.
The Irish audits also covers the projects of GRA Networks Ireland – our Irish Telecoms Division.
Both UK and Irish businesses received no non-compliances – a fantastic achievement.
Our Global Family in Australia – Global Rail Australia Pty Limited and GRA Networks Australia – are just commencing the same migration process and we hope to report their progression very soon.
Co-Owner Marco Lombardelli added:
“Thanks to everyone involved for your continued support of our countrywide management systems, and a special mention to those of you who were directly involved in the audits conducted at our sites and respective Hatfield and Dublin offices.
“Your efforts are appreciated – keep up the good work.”
Global Rail Services Limited are pleased to announce the successful renovation of Progressive Credit Union’s (PCU) new facility on East Road, Dublin. PCU provides banking services to over 60,000 members in North Dublin locations and beyond.
The contract, which commenced in December 2019, covered the management and delivery of a fast-track program of high-quality refurbishments including Building, Mechanical & Electrical works. This called upon the depth of GRSL’s organisation, with in house management and operatives across the full suite of fit-out trades working together in unison to successfully complete these works.
Site activities were meticulously planned and required careful co-ordination with several specialist Progressive Credit Union business services providers, including IT, secure comms and other security interface specialists, for items such as counters and security doors. GRSL worked closely with appointed Architect Rankin Associates and key stakeholders from PCU throughout.
During such a compressed program a number of challenges were both faced and solved by the team.
With only a 12-week fixed timeframe, due to Progressive Credit Union having already sold their existing premises, Global Rail Services Limited, who were appointed as the Project Supervisor Construction Stage, used every spare minute to complete. The team commissioned on the Friday night before the opening, when the keys were handed over, providing a fully operational Progressive Credit Union facility, to the delight of all concerned.
Contracts Manager, Paul Connell was quick to praise the strength in depth of GRSL’s impressive turnkey fit-out solution:
“Our one-stop solution from acquisition through to project completion, provides a tailored service to each individual client’s requirements. Having a fully managed service and dedicated in-house construction, mechanical and electrical teams, allows us to co-ordinate time pressured schemes and delight our clients even when challenges are faced.”
Global Rail Services Limited provide a turnkey building/construction solution for railway, private housing, commercial and industrial projects. Services also include general contracting and building work and can be offered as standalone disciplines in addition to the fully managed turnkey service and works can be contracted on a main contract, joint venture, sub-contract, or resource only basis.
Services offered include but are not limited to:
Dublin based Global Rail Services, has had it’s licence renewed by The Private Security Authority (PSA). We are delighted that our Irish team have passed the necessary scrutiny of their operations. This accreditation is fundamental to the company’s CCTV and Access Control projects, as the PSA is the statutory body with responsibility for licensing and regulating the private security industry in Ireland.
Our M&E team – led by Director Aidan Kelly – have successfully delivered crucial projects for Irish Rail and a number of other infrastructure clients and this accreditation provides all future customers with the required project surety for Private Security Access programs.
Mechanical & electrical services provided by Global Rail Services 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 a wide range of rail, utilities and energy projects including:
Dublin based Global Rail Services Limited, has appointed Paul Connell as a Contracts Manager.
Paul will be responsible for the management of multiple project teams to ensure the safe delivery of projects on time and within budget to the stated quality and customer’s satisfaction.
Paul is a Civil Engineer by training, having studied Civil Engineering at Loughborough University, achieving a BEng (Hons) in Civil Engineering with a diploma in Industrial Studies. He then continued his personal development and in 2017 became a Chartered Civil Engineer.
Paul’s engineering experience covers a number of industries including Rail, Civil Engineering, Construction and Utilities over the past 20 years.
Prior to joining GRSL he was a Project Manager, working on various building, rail, roads, bridge, commercial and airport projects.
General Manager Tom Staunton commented on this appointment by saying:
“Paul’s all-round experience will add value to our business. His experience of the complete project lifecycle from pre-qualification and bid preparation, through to project execution and completion, will enhance our offering further.
“We all look forward to working with him.”
Global Rail Services Limited (GRSL) is pleased to confirm the promotion of Aidan Kelly to MEP Director. The Rail and Infrastructure contracting specialist which delivers the design and project management of these specialist services, is delighted with this appointment. It is full testament to the commitment and passion that Aidan has provided during a career which spans over twenty years in the Mechanical, Electrical & Power sector.
His role going forward, will involve autonomously running our in-house MEP Division -a core competency within the company – whilst liaising with the other business divisional Directors.
Whilst an ability to bring in additional business is always welcome; the role will concentrate on growing further and developing the existing engineering capability of the organisation with a competent and efficient in-house MEP team, delivering cost effective solutions to the various existing and new projects.
Ivan Holloway, CEO of Global Rail Services also added:
“Aidan is a qualified professional with suitable certifications and accreditation to reflect his seniority in the industry and has spent a number of successful years with us, supporting the management and delivery of Mechanical, Electrical & Power works for our customers. This new role is well deserved, and we look forward to him to developing our MEP offering substantially over the coming years.”
GRSL are deployed on a wide range of rail, utilities and energy projects including:
Global Rail Services have had another successful weekend working on its contract for Irish Rail, constructing the new Limerick Junction Down Platform and Footbridge Works
The team has successfully completed its latest contract milestone, by completing the assembly and installation of all steelwork for the new footbridge.
The works were undertaken between 12th and 23rd August 2019, utilising a combination of normal daytime working hours within a green zone and midweek night-time possession working hours between 11pm and 5am – all in agreement with Irish Rail.
The works included a number of carefully planned stages which included:
On completion of this milestone, the works were successfully inspected and signed off by Irish Rail.
Global Rail Services are managing and delivering these works as part of a new €2.5m project at Limerick Junction on behalf of Irish Rail. The overall objective via the implementation of this scheme is to deliver improved journey times and provide timetable enhancements on the Dublin-Cork and Dublin-Limerick lines, which are currently restricted by a platform conflict at Limerick Junction.
A big thanks to all involved for their dedication to ensure the safe and successful completion of another important project milestone.
Global Rail Services are delighted to announce their successful installation of a new Precast Concrete Footbridge at Limerick Junction Station.
The footbridge is a staggering 20m long and weighs in at nearly 100 tonnes and was installed utilising 1nr 500 tonne crane and 1nr 300 tonne crane lifting in tandem, in order to install the structure to its final resting place.
The works were safely completed on Wednesday Night 10th April 2019, during a mid-week night TIII possession of the railway between 11pm to 5am.
The footbridge installation works were fully managed and co-ordinated by Global Rail Services’ Project and Site Management Team in conjunction with supply chain partners, Shay Murtagh Precast, who supplied the bridge and Kavanagh Crane Hire.
Global Rail Services are managing and delivering these works as part of a new €2.5m project at Limerick Junction on behalf of Irish Rail. The complete rail project involves construction of a new 260m precast concrete platform, the production, delivery and installation of the new Precast Concrete footbridge, stairs and lift shafts on piled foundations including all associated structural steelwork and all associated electrical and station/platform infrastructure.
The overall objective via the implementation of this scheme is to deliver improved journey times and provide timetable enhancements on the Dublin-Cork and Dublin-Limerick lines, which are currently restricted by a platform conflict at Limerick Junction.
Works are being completed both between trains and during railway possessions and are due to continue until June 2019.
Congratulations and a very big thanks to all involved for their dedication and many months of hard work, to ensure the safe and successful completion of this very important project milestone.
The M&E Division of Global Rail Services Ltd (GRSL) has been awarded a contract with Irish Rail, to replace the existing life expired Mechanical and Electrical systems in Heuston Valeting Plant (HVP).
HVP is a currently unused facility within the confines of Heuston Station, Dublin. However, the site and its surrounding areas are busy at all times, especially in peak hours from 07.00 to 10.00 and from 16.00 to 19.00. GRSL has put forward a 24 hour – 7 day a week contract programme of works, which takes cognisance of this, particularly in relation to the delivery and movement of materials and the licenced disposal of waste. Normal access to HVP is via a subway.
GRSL has also been appointed to the role of Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) for the project, complying with the Safety, Health & Welfare At Work Act, and all legislation appropriate to the work in question including the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction Regulations) 2006 and any subsequent amendments.
The project scope of works includes:
1. Surveying the building, to confirm the dimensions of area/rooms, confirm the proposed routes and issue design proposals;
2. The safe removal and disposal of any residual Mechanical and Electrical systems and hazardous substances;
3. The design and installation of new high efficiency modulating boilers, connectivity to a new oil storage tank and the provision of new pumps, valves etc;
4. The fabrication and installation of new connective pipes, air ducts, cable containment and cabling;
5. The fabrication and installation of Form 4 type 2 electrical switch panels, BMS control equipment and panels, cable containment and cabling;
6. All Electrical services, BMS heating controls, Fire Detection and remote fault monitoring;
7. All builders’ works in conjunction with coring walls, installing fire sheathing, fire doors and with the clearing of waste and discarded materials
Mechanical and Electrical services provided by Global Rail Services 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 a wide range of rail, utilities and energy projects including:
Global Rail Services has commenced works on a new €2.5m project at Limerick Junction on behalf of Irish Rail.
The rail project involves construction of a new 260m precast concrete platform, the production, delivery and installation of a new 20m long Precast Concrete footbridge, stairs and lift shafts on piled foundations including all associated structural steelwork and all associated electrical and station/platform infrastructure at Limerick Junction Station.
The overall objective via the implementation of this scheme is to deliver improved journey times and provide timetable enhancements on the Dublin-Cork and Dublin-Limerick lines, which are currently restricted by a platform conflict at Limerick Junction.
These important works will provide time savings for Down trains scheduled to stop at Limerick Junction of 4.8 minutes, which affect 13 Cork trains/day and typically and one direct Tralee train. There will also be an average time saving of 11 minutes for all Limerick passengers connecting to and from Cork services at Limerick Junction.
Works will be completed both between trains and during railway possessions and are due to continue until June 2019. Global Rail Services have already set up a safe working compound and delineated the site from the railway corridor in order to commence works. Piling and Foundation works are nearing completion on both platforms. The delivery and installation of the new PCC Platform units will commence at the end of January.
The new down platform will remove constraints and speed restrictions associated with the current single platform, which caters for Dublin to Cork/Kerry services in both directions.
Global Rail Services offer rail infrastructure contracting services on a design and construct basis. Led by experienced professionals with in depth knowledge of these sectors and supported by skilled and dedicated in house teams, they offer a fully integrated solution, allowing us to provide clients with a unique turnkey offering that is value adding. This inclusive approach allows customers to benefit from expertise in a number of rail sectors and ensures they receive the most appropriate advice and solution for their schemes.
With a skilled, multi-disciplinary workforce providing a broad range of services and operating in tandem with a highly experienced management team, Global Rail Services is geared to meet our clients exacting demands.
Bespoke solutions for individual client requirements are central to Global Rail Services offering which can deliver a fully planned and managed design and construct service, which includes materials procurement and logistics management.
Global Rail Services Limited in Ireland, has achieved further success, with a higher distinction award at the 27th All Ireland Safety Awards.
With health, safety and people wellbeing central to their everyday approach, Global Rail Services were highly commended for their continuous improvement in occupational health and safety management. This performance is achieved through the implementation and maintenance of an occupational health and safety management system which meets and is fully accredited to the requirements of OHSAS 18001:2007.
By promoting a safety culture through a series of events such as this, the National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) are able to award those organisations who make a positive impact on the lives of their workers and the stakeholders they engage with.
Set-up to create conditions where Irish workplaces are among the safest and healthiest in Europe, the National Irish Safety Organisation Limited (NISO), provides:
A delighted Tom Staunton, General Manager of Global Rail Services, who is pictured being presented with the award, said:
“Global Rail Services places people at the heart of what they do, from their employees, clients and supply chain partners, to their neighbours and the wider community.
“Our daily aim is to minimise the impact of our activities on all project stakeholders and the wider environment, to ensure that we operate a successful business in a way that is safe, sustainable and socially responsible. The principles of corporate responsibility are an intrinsic part of our business and are central to our long-term strategy.
“I’d like to thank all of our team for their efforts and do please keep up the great work you are doing!”
Global Rail Services has secured a further contract success with its latest contract award comprising Coastal Defence works for Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail).
The overall objective of the project is to reinstate coastal protection elements adjacent to the Dublin ‐ Rosslare Railway Line by February 2018. This involves removing and replacing the rock armour and reinstating/replacing the geotextile underlay along with any granular sub-layers.
Global Rail Services experienced railway site teams – led by Project Manager Eoin Shortt – will set up work sites, pedestrian and traffic management as required, whilst collaborating with operational staff from both Irish Rail and Wicklow County Council.
The company will deploy two fully kitted crews, consisting of 2nr 50t track machines, 1nr 35t machine, alongside 1nr moxy. The teams will work simultaneously in order to intensify the project to meet the fast-track completion date. There will also be another available moxy floating between both crews, which will be used as conditions dictate. In addition, a 25t track machine will be at the access point, which will load all moxy’s – servicing both crews as required.
Managing Director Ivan Holloway commented upon this latest Irish success, by saying:
“This is testimony to the Irish team for their continued hard work, skill and endeavour. This is the fourth contract success in a matter of weeks. Not only are we winning work at a rate of knots, we are also competently delivering them.
“This award is a result of our clear appreciation of working on both railway and environmentally-sensitive sites, where access is restricted, time is limited and where tidal operations are required.”
The total construction period will be approximately 16 weeks for these works.
Global Rail Services has been awarded a new contract with Irish Rail for the provision of CCTV for Permanent Way (Per Way) Compounds at Dundrum, Limerick and Nenagh.
Irish Rail has sought to improve security at its facilities, due to an increase in vandalism and break-ins over the past number of months in Per Way Compounds in the Tipperary region.
In order to do this, Irish Rail has engaged with M&E expert – Global Rail Services – and specified a new IP CCTV installation at the three Per Way Compounds mentioned above.
The CCTV works will involve the installation of new ducting, the installation of new 8m hinged poles and the installation of POE fixed cameras and anti vandal dome cameras. At each location all cameras are to be cabled back to a new DVR located in a new 15U comms cabinet, which will be installed in the Per Way stores container or office.
All cameras are to be cabled in Cat5e. Power for the comms cabinets is to be cabled using 3 x 4 sq. NYMJ or SWA and to be fed from an existing local DB. There is also a requirement for additional cable containment to the final position of each camera.
All completed works will be required to be tested and commissioned by Global Rail Services and along with the provision of all necessary handover documentation.
These works will take place in Per Way Compounds and in Per Way Buildings, which are near the running rail. Global Rail Services’ in-house M&E division – led by Aidan Kelly, will manage the project and will utilise its in-house accredited personnel who have all undertaken PTS training.
GRSL’s M&E offering is constantly upgraded through training and development and is consistently delivered to the highest specification.
GRSL has been awarded a heritage roof renovation project on behalf of Irish Rail at Carlow Station.
Carlow is a historical and listed railway station built in 1848, which serves the town of Carlow and is a station on the Dublin to Waterford intercity route. The station has two platforms. The far-side platform is only used when two trains are in the station at once, as it is not accessible other than by footbridge.
In order to ensure that the listed building is protected from the elements, GRSL must set up the site and erect scaffolding that is both fully compliant and also provides total protection in respect of weathering. The station will remain open during the works, so due consideration will be given to both the public and Irish Rail staff. This is particularly important, as the booking office is also to remain operational.
GRSL’s will then set about removing the existing slates and ridges – putting them aside for re-use. This will allow for appropriate access to remove and dispose of the defective rainwater goods, lead-work and the timber fascias, soffits and bargeboards.
Once the strip out has been completed, GRSL will treat all existing roof timbers and install new felt and battens to the entire roof area. They will then supply and fit all new lead-work, cast iron rainwater goods, roof timbers and then relay the slates.
In addition to the re-roofing works, GRSL has also been awarded the station painting works.
Tom Staunton, General Manager, was delighted with this latest success and commented upon the companies heritage credentials as a key factor in this award:
“GRSL has a history with Irish Rail around sensitive remedial building works. We pride ourselves on understanding the delicate nature of historical buildings and only employ the very best tradesmen and site personnel to deliver these works
Global Rail Services – the Dublin based Railway Civil Engineering and M&E specialist – has secured two packages of accessibility works covering fourteen stations for Irish Rail.
The Disability Act 2005 is a key part of the National Disability Strategy launched by the Government in 2004. The Act requires that Public bodies make their public buildings accessible, to people with disabilities. Global Rail Services has previously delivered significant works for Irish Rail and is set to implement further accessibility works to improve accessibility for people with mobility impairments.
Package A includes stations on the Cork-Cobh line at:
Package B includes stations on the:
Maynooth Line at:
Waterford Branch at:
Limerick Jct – Athenry Line at:
The works include setting up a safe and secure compound area at each station and providing necessary traffic management. Global Rail Services will be completing works at operational stations, so will also need to ensure that safe pedestrian access is maintained for commuters in and around the station, on the platforms and across the footbridge at all times throughout the works.
Works at each station have a slightly varied scope, however typically include modifications to platform walls, surfacing, tactile paving, new thermoplastic markings, amendments to fence lines and installation of new fencing and gates. Some locations also require improvement works to station footbridges including new handrails and nosings. There is also the requirement for new station lighting, painting and site signage works.
GRSL will fully project manage the works on behalf of Irish Rail, ensuring that all permits and required temporary works certification are completed. They will also liaise with relevant stakeholders before, during and after each project, to ensure that vehicular access is maintained to any existing level crossing gates and for any residents living in properties adjacent to the works at all times
Tom Staunton, General Manager at Global Rail Services was thoroughly delighted with these two contact awards:
“Customers are already benefiting from accessibility works that Global Rail Services delivered for Irish Rail at Rathdrum, Mullinger and Lexilip Louisa Bridge Stations. We look forward to delivering further rail accessibility works for passengers on these lines to enhance their customer experience”
Global Rail Services is delighted to announce it has been awarded another contract with Irish Rail as part of its Mechanical and Electrical framework agreement.
The project specifically consists of works at Irish Rail’s Dublin Connolly Railway Station to upgrade the station’s boiler systems. The existing life expired oil-fired heating boilers will be replaced with new modulating gas units, and the plant rooms will be refurbished and fitted with gas and fire detection systems.
The Plant room refurbishment will involve the installation of new radiator units, pipework and all associated mechanical, electrical and associated builder works in connection. The works will also require careful management of various stakeholder requirements during the works, to ensure that the programme is fully co-ordinated to meet the requirements of station staff and passengers.
Aidan Kelly, M&E Manager at Global Rail Services, said: “This is the latest in a trio of significant contract wins for us on the Irish Rail M&E framework, and further solidifies our excellent relationship with this very important client.
“The boiler replacement scheme at Dublin Connolly Station will require a full turnkey delivery solution from our experienced in-house M&E team, and will be a challenging project to complete, requiring us to utilise a full range of our in-house capabilities.
“This is a very exciting period for the business as we are celebrating multiple contract awards in such a short space of time, which is a testament to our growing reputation in the rail industry.”
Works on the project are currently underway and are due for completion by the end of October 2017.
Global Rail Services (GRSL) has been awarded a contract with Irish Rail to complete the re-roofing at its Telecoms Workshop based at the Railway Works in Inchicore.
Inchicore, west of Dublin’s city centre, is the principal locomotive and carriage works of Irish Rail, where locomotives, diesel railcars and rolling stock are maintained.
The Telecoms Workshop is an industrial building dating back to the 19th century, and is located within the Railway Works yard.
As part of the project, GRSL’s building division will provide the following services:
GRSL was awarded the scheme through competitive tender following a successful pre-qualification process.
Discussing the contract award, General Manager Tom Staunton, said: “This is another fantastic contract win for GRSL and is further evidence of our growing reputation as a leading multi-disciplinary rail infrastructure contractor for Irish mainline and metro rail systems.
“Delivering safely and producing the highest quality are the very cornerstones of our works delivery teams and will therefore, be our primary concern as we supply a new roofing solution to this important communications building at the Railway Works in Inchicore. The scheme will require a wide range of our building expertise and will call on our in-house team’s vast experience to successfully deliver for our client, Irish Rail.”
Global Rail Services is pleased to announce it has been awarded a contract with Irish Rail to provide upgrades to its DOO CCTV at Kildare line and the Northern line under the project DOO Image Enhancement.
Our in-house Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) team will be providing the following services on a scheme which forms part of the Maintenance and Replacement of Mechanical and Electrical Systems framework agreement with Irish Rail:
On award of the works, Tom Staunton, General Manager of Global Rail Services, said:
“We are delighted to have secured this significant contract with Irish Rail, which is a further addition to our framework delivery. Our vast experience of safety-critical M&E projects in the rail industry will help us with the completion of this scheme, which will provide robust and modern Driver Only CCTV systems at both of these heavily used locations.
“We will work to a tightly scheduled programme of works to ensure the upgrades are delivered on-time with minimum disruption to passengers, and of course with safety at the forefront of our works.”
Global Rail Services is a leading Irish multi-disciplinary contractor that offers a one-stop building and refurbishment solution, using a combination of their in-house Project Management, Building and M&E workforce.
Global Rail Services has been awarded a contract to deliver a retrofit efficient lighting scheme to an extensive range of advertising displays for transport companies Irish Rail and Bus Eireann.
Both Irish Rail and Bus Eireann have an extensive range of advertising displays across their networks. The lightboxes are illuminated by fluorescent tubes and are mixture of single-sided, double-sided units and others with internal support bars.
Global’s in-house Mechanical and Electrical (M&E division) will provide a scheme consisting of the following services:
The project is part of Global Rail Service’s Maintenance and Replacement of Mechnical and Electrical Systems framework collaboration with Irish Rail.
Aidan Kelly, who manages all M&E works undertaken by Global Rail Services, said: “Our team will deliver this challenging scheme across a large number of locations for the clients. It will result in an upgraded low energy and low maintenance solution which provides cost-savings while maximising light uniformity and colour vibrancy on the displayed posters.
“This contract win is another shining example of our M&E capabilities, and will help further develop our long-term partnership with Irish Rail.”
Global Rail Services has been awarded an exciting new contract on behalf of the Irish Aviation Authority for the design, supply and installation of an Antennae Mast together with all associated building works and site development works at their facility in Rosslare, Co. Wexford.
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is a commercial semi-state company employing approximately 650 people at six locations around Ireland. The IAA has three main functions: the provision of air traffic management and related services in Irish controlled airspace, the safety regulation of the civil aviation industry in Ireland and the oversight of civil aviation security in Ireland.
Global Rail Services will be working with their specialist subsidiary GRA Networks to deliver these works. GRA Networks is a full service telecommunications contractor and provides a comprehensive range of services from upgrading existing infrastructure, to building new mobile phone towers and other wireless network infrastructure.
Tom Staunton, General Manager of Global Rail Services, commented on this award and said:
“Global Rail Services has a strong pedigree in the design and build of Antennae Masts throughout Ireland. Our experience working in highly regulated industries such as rail and transport infrastructure provides our clients with the necessary confidence to place contracts of this complexity with us.
“Global Rail Services and our subsidiary GRA Networks are delivering on our promises throughout Ireland, including current mast installation contracts on behalf of Irish Rail.
“We look forward to delivering another successful project, this time on behalf of our client IAA.”
Global Rail Services is part of the Global Infrastructure Group of companies, who are an internationally focussed; leading specialist organisation, delivering civil engineering, signalling, telecoms, mechanical and electrical design and build solutions within a number of core industries.
We are pleased to announce the successful installation of a 40m monopole at the Broombridge radio site, as part of our ongoing signalling, electricial and telecommunications works for the LUAS’s BXD project on behalf of Efacec Portugal.
Luas Cross City is a new 5.6km light rail line that will run from Dublin city centre to Broombridge in the North West of the City.
The main purpose of the new Radio Transmission system is to provide radio voice and data communication services that will extend the existing Motorola Dimetra IP TETRA network in order to provide coverage to the new LUAS BXD Line.
The specific scope, at Broombridge Depot, covered the installation of a new MTS Base Station and a 40m monopole to support the antennas of the MTS.
The combined talent of Global Rail Services and GRA Networks – a division specifically formed to supply a more comprehensive delivery model in respect of Wireless Telecomms Services for major telecommunications projects and providers – fully managed the logistics in respect of the monopole components and carefully assembled them ready for the installation.
The monopole works were completed on time and to the satisfaction of Efacec. The full LUAS project is due for completion at the end of the year.
Tom Staunton, Global Rail Services General Manager, commented on this latest project milestone saying:
“Our partnership with Efacec continues to go from strength to strength. It is Global Rail Services ability to provide a fully managed and integrated service with our telecom division GRA Networks that really sets us apart. We look forward to further project milestones being achieved over the coming year”.
Global Rail Services is a rail infrastructure contractor operating on both mainline and light rail systems, with in-house capabilities across Civil Engineering, M&E, Building and Permanent Way. They offer a fully managed and cohesive service for their clients.
GRA Networks is a leading provider of services to clients in the transportation, telecommunications, utilities and energy markets, providing either sector specific services or a fully managed turnkey solution. They specialise in the design, installation, commissioning and testing of critical infrastructure in both Ireland and Australia.
Global Rail Services is pleased to confirm that the building works at the Progressive Credit Union Building in Dublin has been successfully concluded.
The refurbishment project involved constructing a new entrance to the front of the building together with enhancements for fire safety and disabled access to the external areas.
Internally, further works were required to enhance the building for fire safety and disabled access together with improving the work environment and the long-term maintenance requirements of the building.
The project required Global Rail Services to complete all works within a fully operational office environment. This required careful segregation of the works, a detailed schedule of planned activities and close liaison with the many stakeholders that use or come into contact with the building.
Global Rail Services is a leading Irish multi-disciplinary contractor that offers a one-stop building and refurbishment solution, using a combination of their in-house Project Management, Building and M&E workforce.
Works were completed and handed over to a delighted client in March 2017.
Global Rail Services, the Dublin based provider of multi-disciplined contracting services throughout Ireland, has just commenced GSM-R Package 2d.
The overall objective of the project is to install telecoms towers and monopoles to facilitate the roll out of the GSM-R project Phase 2.
Package 2d specifically relates to the eight remaining sites within the greater Dublin and North East Leinster areas.
Global Rail Services is providing a fully project managed service for the complete Civil Engineering and Mechanical and Electrical scope of works, and is working closely with its sister company and telecoms specialist GRA Networks, to deliver the contract requirements.
The works include:
Works are due for completion late spring 2017.
Global Rail Services (GRSL), has just completed infrastructure works on behalf of ESB Networks, the electricity supplier that provides nearly 2.3 million customers throughout Ireland with a safe and efficient power supply.
The purpose of the project was to provide a new ESB power connection to the new Courthouse in Drogheda. The works completed, under Global Rail Services national trenching and ducting framework, is part of ESB’s investment to the electricity network, increasing reliability and performance of the nation’s power network.
The specific works at Dominic Street in Drogheda, involved a huge amount of stakeholder interface and advance planning for GRSL and encompassed a series of road and pavement closures, traffic management, permits and licencing – all to the satisfaction of the ESB and Louth County Council, whilst the infrastructure contractor effectively managed both the public and its own direct labour workforce.
The scope of works included the open cut excavation of a new power route through Dominic Street, Drogheda to a depth of nearly one metre below the existing road surface and the installation of 2 number 125mm ducts on a bed of sand.
The ducts were then backfilled with lean mix concrete 75mm above the top of the duct and compacted.
Following ESB’s cable installation, the trench and road surface was then permanently reinstated in accordance with the purple book and in compliance with the conditions set out in the road opening licence issued by Louth County Council.
The project had tight deadlines and a narrow window of opportunity, which GRSL managed well to complete the project successfully. ESB were very satisfied with the works delivered and complemented the team for a job well done.
Global Rail Services are pleased to announce that it has just secured the Roxboro House renovation project from Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail).
This prestigious multi-disciplinary building project, involves the specialist rail building contractor, fully refurbishing an existing two storey building, which is situated on the Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail) railway works site to the north of Colbert Railway Station in Limerick City.
The two-storey structure, houses generally office accommodation and is currently in use. Global Rail Services will have to manage the extensive works with care, as parts of the building will remain in use and will be occupied during the works.
The works will be completed in three phases and include; demolition of the existing lobby, new internal walls, full M&E fit out, full office fit out, installation of new internal doors, fit out of new canteen, new external security doors, new uPVC triple glazed windows, new external insulation to be installed, new roof construction, repairs to existing roof and chimney, new foul and surface water drainage connections, new SVP’s, RWP’s and gutters, full internal and external painting and new external lighting and a CCTV system.
Rail infrastructure contractor Global Rail Services, is progressing well with accessibility works at three railway stations on behalf of Irish Rail, having been awarded the project in August 2016.
Customers at Rathdrum, Mullinger and Leixlip Louisa Bridge Stations will soon be benefiting from Global Rail Services’ extensive experience in delivering construction solutions that enhance and improve their passenger experience.
The project is well on its way to completion, with key project milestones being consistently met and a high quality end product to match, Global Rail Services is certainly hitting the right notes in terms of managing and delivering the full suite of stakeholder expectations.
The works include complex in-situ civil engineering works, temporary works, roads and pavings, as well as rail engineering activities in respect of upgrading station platforms and railway pedestrian access. The Group used its full infrastructure contracting experience to manage and deliver the interface between the highway and railway authorities.
The works are due to be completed in a phased manner, with a final completion date in February 2017. To ensure that each milestone is achieved, Global Rail Services has prepared detailed programmes and schedules, providing a dedicated and co-ordinated approach to project management throughout the works. Liaison with myriad stakeholders, along with a collaborative approach to these works, have paved the way for a professional delivery that is meeting and exceeding expectations.
Procurement of long lead items and contract approvals has formed an integral part of the project success to date. Global Rail Services has used its rail engineering experience in delivering multi-disciplinary rail works to manage these proactively, to the delight of the client.
Global Rail Services is delighted to announce a second consecutive award of distinction for its positive impact to health, safety and wellbeing practices from the National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO).
The National Irish Safety Organisation Limited (NISO) was set up to promote Irish workplaces as being among the safest and healthiest in Europe, and rewards excellence in workplace health and safety.
By promoting a safety culture through a series of events such as the All Ireland Safety Awards, NISO is able to credit those organisations which make a positive impact on the lives of their workers and the stakeholders they engage with.
When presented with the award, Global Rail Services’ QSE Advisor, Ciaran Kelly, said:
“The health and well-being of our workforce is central to our approach. We work continuously to improve our occupational health and safety management, which is fully accredited to the requirements of OHSAS 18001:2007.
“These awards show us that we are on track, as we continue to grow our rail and wider infrastructure contracting business.”
Irish Rail Infrastructure Contractor, Global Rail Services Ltd. (GRSL), has successfully completed its project works on behalf of Irish Rail.
The large multi-disciplinary project – which was commissioned by the National Transport Authority – was part of providing a fourth direct route into Dublin city centre via Heuston Station. It involved upgrading a branch line serving as a direct connection to the Kildare commuter areas, both North and South of the city.
GRSL works as part of the upgrade of the 735m long tunnel will now allow commuter trains to operate through it for the first time, and will improve the congestion around Kildare.
The project was reliant upon GRSL’s multi-disciplinary in-house approach. Works in the tunnel include not only cleaning and repairing the masonry, but providing new signage, new lighting and new telecoms.
Separately, GRSL carried out site investigation works on the existing steep embankments leading to the tunnel. The project examined the stability of the existing embankments and recommended stabilising works required for the reopening to commuter usage.
GRSL’s building division upgraded both Drumcondra and Tara Street stations; this included the creation of new ticket gatelines and a new lift shaft.
Global Rail Services Ltd’s General Manager, Tom Staunton, had this to say about the successful conclusion of the project:
“The challenges of working around a live railway environment have been met head-on by our professional project management team.
“Meticulous planning and the experience needed working in a multi-stakeholder rail environment sets Global Rail Services apart.
“Many thanks to the team.”
Global Rail Services has commenced works for Irish Rail to upgrade CCTV and PA Systems at Connolly Platforms 5,6 & 7 and Tara Street South Entrance and Platforms 1 & 2
The multi-disciplinary contractor has its own dedicated in-house Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) division and will be providing a full-turn key service for the works:
This full scope includes for the supply, install, test and commission of:
Global Rail Services is a long term M&E framework partner to Irish Rail and this new project award evidences the high regard for the quality of Global Rail Services work over several years.
Global Rail Services are registered with the authorised Electrical Safety Supervisory Body (ESSB) and they are also certified and compliant with both The Energy Act 2006 and the Commission of Energy Regulation (CER). The Dublin based business, is also an RGI registered mechanical installer.
Aiden Kelly, who manages all mechanical and electrical projects at Global Rail Services commented:
“This continues to cement Global Rail Services as one of Irish Rail’s preferred M&E specialists.
“We have a full compliment of staff to tackle the most complex of projects, either as stand alone projects or as part of a wider multi-disciplnary offering.
“Works are progressing well – it has been a great team effort to date.”
Global Rail Services, the Irish infrastructure-contracting arm of the Global Infrastructure Group, are on track with their civil engineering and building works for Irish Rail.
The major improvement works at three stations – on the Dublin to Rosslare lines at Rathdrum and the Dublin to Sligo lines at Mullingar and Lexilip Louisa Bridge – will further enhance the passenger experience for commuters.
The scope of works include the installation of new footpaths, footbridges, widening of road entrances, new kerbs and ramps, upgrading of handrails, new lighting columns, ducting and chambers, new signage and platform reinstatement works including new platform markings.
Global Rail Services are working with long-term client Irish Rail, to further improve and enhance the accessibility in and around the stations.
The team is meeting daily challenges, as the works are being completed in a fully operational station environment. Global Rail Services as an experienced railway contractor are meeting these head-on and delivering a fully co-ordinated programme of activities that keep disruption to the absolute minimum.
Mitigation measures include, separating the access areas from work areas with temporary partitions to protect members of the public from materials and equipment.
The three concurrent sites are currently on schedule for their completion date later this year.
Global Rail Services Ltd. – part of the Global Rail Infrastructure Group – has just been awarded the Luas Light Rail Cross City BXD Signalling, Electrical and Telecoms package on behalf of Efacec Portugal.
Luas Cross City is a new 5.6km light rail line that will run from Dublin city centre to Broombridge in the north west of the city.
Efacec is the Principal Contractor and responsible for the design, supply, installation and commissioning of the Control Systems for this new LUAS line, which has 13 stops and connects the current Green Line from St. Stephen’s Green through the city centre with the Red line at O’Connell St.
Global Rail Services’ specialist contract includes a full railway systems installation and commissioning scope of signalling, electrical and telecommunications.
Specific items of work include:
The contract commencement date for planned works is September 2016 – and Global Rail Services is currently fully mobilising to meet this date. The project is due for completion at the end of 2017.
Tom Staunton, Global Rail Services General Manager, said of this award:
“We are delighted to be partnered with Efacec on this important infrastructure project, which provides further connectivity into the centre of Dublin. Due to its size and scope complexities, this new contract award shows the confidence Efacec has in Global Rail Services’ abilities. It is these credentials which demonstrates the full scope of Global Rail Services’ expertise across railway systems, much of which has already been seen on previous contracts implemented for the RPA.’
Global Rail Services project works on behalf of the National Transport Authority, are heading towards the completion date of Autumn 2016.
The large multi-disciplinary project – which has been commissioned by the National Transport Authority – is part of providing a fourth direct route into Dublin city centre via Heuston Station, by upgrading a branch line that will serve as a direct connection to the Kildare commuter areas – both North and South of the city.
Global Rail Services upgrade of the 735m long tunnel, will allow commuter trains to operate through it for the first time and is fundamental to addressing the current deficiencies around Kildare.
The project is reliant upon Global Rail Services multi-disciplinary in-house approach. Works in the tunnel not only include cleaning and repairing the masonry and providing new signage, new lighting and telecoms are also required.
Separately Global Rail Services carried out site investigation works on the existing steep embankments leading to the tunnel. The project examined the stability of the existing embankments and recommended stabilizing works required for the reopening to commuter usage.
Not to be left out, GRSL’s building division have also been busy preparing for the new passengers, by upgrading the both Drumcondra and Tara Street stations. Works include new ticket gatelines and a new liftshaft.
The project challenges around working in a live railway environment have been planned professionally by the experience rail team, allowing the project to stay on track for its completion date.
By promoting a safety culture through a series of events such as the All Ireland Safety Awards, the National Irish Safety Organisation (NISO) are able to credit those organisations who make a positive impact on the lives of their workers and the stakeholders they engage with.
Set-up to create conditions where Irish workplaces are among the safest and healthiest in Europe, the National Irish Safety Organisation Limited (NISO), provides:
With health and well-being central to their approach, Global Rail Services were commended for their continuous improvement in occupational health and safety management. This performance is achieved through the implementation and maintenance of an occupational health and safety management system which meets and is fully accredited to the requirements of OHSAS 18001:2007.