Currently working on their third consecutive prestigious four-year railway framework for building works, Global Rail Services Limited (GRSL) were awarded a contract to completely refurbish a historical listed building at Dundrum Station.
The specialist building framework which was let by the organisation that maintains Irish Railways – Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) – was won by Global Rail Services following competitive tender giving TII the mechanism to let individual packages of works to their preferred contractors of up-to €1m.
Having successfully delivered many contracts throughout the framework, TII selected Global Rail Services as their partner of choice for the sympathetic refurbishment of a listed heritage structure known as ‘Dundrum Station House’ and demolition of an adjacent two storey derelict structures parallel to the existing live Dundrum LUAS stop.
The completely derelict building – which had been subject to intense vandalism – was to be carefully re-built and restored to its former glory and converted into a café and two offices. Works included structural alterations and repairs to the building, brickwork restoration, full heritage internal refurbishment works and the provision of new mechanical and electrical installations throughout – all in accordance with exacting conservation standards.
The scope of works also extended to transforming the surrounding areas by demolishing an adjacent dilapidated industrial unit to form a new car park including cycle storage, providing external lighting, CCTV and external landscaping.
The works formed a fundamental part of the TII’s programme to improve passenger experience at metropolitan railway stations by refurbishing commercial buildings and structures in and around them.
The scope involved the complexities of working adjacent to a live railway environment, materials management and site logistics, all whilst delivering works to an exacting heritage specification. GRSL have an experienced project management team and held weekly site progress meetings to ensure works were being delivered to the required standard.
Having a multi-disciplinary in-workforce including Building, Civil and Structural Engineering, M&E and General Construction along with in-house site management, allowed Global Rail Services Ltd to provide a compelling solution, deliver to program and produce a lasting legacy for the building and the surrounding area.