Global Rail Services Ltd was appointed Main Contractor and PSCS by Irish Rail (IE) for this multi-disciplinary rail project. The works included the installation of two precast concrete (PCC) lifts, associated precast concrete stairs and footbridges at Gormanston & Dalkey stations. The bridge structures were encapsulated on both sides and on the roof. All enabling, utilities and services works were carried out by Global Rail Services and their approved specialist subcontractors.
This project was completed as part of Irish Rail’s Accessibility Programme. The objective of the programme is to improve accessibility across the Irish Rail network in line with the priorities set out in the Accessibility Project Feasibility Report 2014, and the prioritised Track Crossing Report as completed in 2019 following consultation with the National Transport Authority (NTA), the Accessibility User Group and internal stakeholders.
Casement Aerodrome is a military airbase in southwest Dublin. It is the headquarters and sole airfield of the Irish Defence Forces Air Corp. Global Rail Services Ltd (GRSL) were commissioned to install new outdoor radiation measurement equipment within the confines of the airfield on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Global Rail Services Ltd were appointed Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS) for the works. Works involved the construction of two concrete plinths complete with a galvanised ESB approved mini pillar on each. Trenching and ducting works, including 6 access junctions, were carried out through a field adjacent to the airfield runway and on a concrete footpath adjacent to the transmitter hut building, to allow for cable entry to the building. On completion, the grass area was re-graded and re-seeded. The concrete footpath was reinstated to match existing.
ESB Networks commissioned ESB Engineering & Major Projects (EMP) to undertake an environmental screening assessment of the fluid filled cables network to identify and assess leaks. Following the completion of the assessment, in agreement with the EPA and relevant authorities, a decision was made to begin intrusive assessments at agreed locations in order for an Environmental Consultant to complete the assessment. Global Rail Services Ltd (GRSL) were appointed as main contractor and PSCS for the project for the 23No sites identified – encompassing both slit and 90° L trench excavations – at locations and sensitive receptors in agreement with the Environmental Consultant.
Project activities included the safe exposure and logging of all services, ground conditions and make up therein. No outages were available for the cables during the works, so all cables were treated as live. Global Rail Services were responsible for the temporary works required to support the trench excavations. Water samples were taken by the Environmental Consultant, which were recovered from rivers and canals close to each leak location.
Rail infrastructure contractor Global Rail Services was awarded accessibility works at three railway stations on behalf of Irish Rail in August 2016.
Customers at Rathdrum, Mullinger and Leixlip Louisa Bridge Stations are now benefiting from Global Rail Services’ extensive experience in delivering construction solutions that enhance and improve their passenger experience.
The project was successfully completed, with key project milestones being met and a high quality end product to match, with Global Rail Services effectively 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. Global Rail Services also used its full infrastructure contracting experience to manage and deliver the interface between the highway and railway authorities.
The works were completed in a phased manner, with a final completion date of February 2017. To ensure that each milestone was achieved, Global Rail Services prepared detailed programmes and schedules and provided a dedicated and co-ordinated approach to project management throughout the works. Liaison with a myriad of stakeholders, along with a collaborative approach to these works, has paved the way for a professional delivery that has met and exceeded expectations.
Procurement of long lead items and contract approvals has formed an integral part of the project success. Global Rail Services has used its rail engineering experience to deliver a fully managed multi-disciplinary rail project to the delight of the client.
Global Rail Services secured a four-year framework with Irish Rail to provide maintenance and renewal, of the mechanical and electrical systems and services at 400No railway stations throughout Ireland.
Having submitted a most compelling tender, Global Rail Services, have delivered, tested and commissioned over €2.6m of mechanical and electrical works to date.
The works, which include both planned and un-planned maintenance and renewal, also relied upon Global Rail Services registration with an authorised Electrical Safety Supervisory Body (ESSB) and their registration and compliance with both The Energy Act 2006 and the Commission of Energy Regulation (CER).
The Dublin based business, is also an RGI registered mechanical installer and is completing PPMW works as per NSAI SR50 – 1:2010 Code of Practise for building services – Part 1 Domestic plumbing & heating systems, implementing all UARW works in compliance with IE
Specification for Mechanical Installations 10/SP-005 and service all existing gas filled air cooling systems as per BS-EN 15240 – Air Conditioning Systems.
By appointing Global Rail Services in the roles of Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP) and Project Supervisor Construction Stage (PSCS), Irish Rail were able to ensure that the works would be managed in full compliance with the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work (Construction) Regulations 2006.
A vastly experienced in-house mechanical and electrical engineering team, has allowed Global Rail Services to provide resources to fulfil these roles and deliver an emergency call-out service which meets the two-hour response window.
Having commenced their first framework for Irish Rail back in 2006, Global Rail Services are now working on their third consecutive four-year railway agreement for both the construction of station cark parks and platforms.
As one of eight current preferred contractors, Global Rail Services have maintained high levels of customer satisfaction for their performance, consistently delivering a high quality service and as a result have been awarded works in excess of €15m to date.
Civil Engineering is at the core of Global Rail Services’ offering. The company have constructed new station car park & Platforms facilities and built and upgraded many station new platforms to both increase capacity, and to comply with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), across mainline and metropolitan stations throughout Ireland.
These works also encompass electrical, mechanical, CCTV and telecommunications installations and upgrades, where Global Rail Services are able to call upon their in house M&E department to provide the necessary engineering and delivery support.
It is this turnkey solution that has enabled Global Rail Services to provide comprehensive project solutions – providing Irish Rail with contract surety.
The works formed a fundamental part of the Irish Rail’s programme to improve passenger experience and increase capacity, at both mainline and metropolitan railway stations throughout Ireland.
The scope for the car parks involved the complexities of working adjacent to a live railway station and required professional community engagement to ensure that patrons and stakeholders were fully informed before and during the works.
The platform works involved close liaison with Irish Rail’s railway systems signalling team and also their track infrastructure engineers. Although, Global Rail Services undertook any associated track modifications as part of another framework with Irish Rail for Permanent Way.
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.
Global Rail Services provided a most compelling offer to Irish Rail and were awarded a €1.1m track renewal contract, to remove and replace 1km of railway track on both the Up and Down lines between Tara St and Connolly Station.
The works were to be completed during restricted working hours – 24/7 possession working – commencing on St Stephens’s day and for 14 consecutive days thereafter throughout the Christmas period.
Having a vastly experienced project engineering team, enabled Global Rail Services to put together a fully planned and detailed methodology to deliver a huge volume of critical infrastructure works, which formed part of Irish Rail’s railway upgrade programme.
With access over ¾ of a mile away from the site and the works limited to a single line for both removal of the old and delivery of the new track materials, Global Rail Services meticulously prepared a detailed hour-by-hour programme for all activities. This included full contingency provision.
With this is mind, early stage preparation works were undertaken to build the track panels in readiness for the works. A bill of materials was also prepared, so that all materials could be delivered, quality checked and stacked ready for the Christmas shutdown.
The works also involved the re-alignment of a bridged line over the centre of Dublin, which required advance notices and planning and also the replacement of curved check rails.
Having a strong in-house capability of 60 track staff provided Irish Rail with the confidence that Global Rail Services were the partner of choice and this proved to be a wise decision.
With strong supply chain partnership with their plant and machinery providers, Global Rail Services provided full project surety, enabling the works to be handed over defect free, on time and to the required budget.
Irish Rail having purchased a further fleet of 57 Intercity railcars (ICR) formed up by 19 x 3 car sets, which were identical to their existing operational fleet of 177 Class 22000 railcars, sought a partner to modify, test and commission the units for continued and effective service.
The fleet, which was manufactured in South Korea by Hyundai Rotem, was shipped to Ireland in batches.
Having competitively tendered for the works, Global Rail Services were selected as the contractor of choice to undertake all modification and warranty work, inclusive of testing, commissioning and shakedown running, providing a 24-month warranty for their service.
The Works are necessary for the continuous improvement, upkeep, continued reliability and safe operation of these cars, which are currently being used in Irish Rail’s passenger service operations.