It is crucial that upgrade or improvement works can proceed smoothly without incurring disruption to the operation of the railway network. Consequently all projects require careful planning and management. SRC’s Construction Management and Site Supervision teams contain experienced project managers who are members of the Association for Project Management, PRINCE2 Practitioners and accredited on the relevant project managers safety module. They all follow high standards as delineated in SRC’s Operating Procedures.
SRC has carried out the role of Site Supervisor on many projects and project managed a variety of contracts. This has included managing and co-ordinating a series of structural assessments at Bond Street Station, to establish what effects the interface works for the new Crossrail sub-surface ticket hall would have on the existing station. SRC was also responsible for planning, managing and co-ordinating the installation of 37km of power and signalling cables between Bow Road and Stepney Green on the District Line. On this project SRC developed an innovative solution involving the use of specialist plant to enable this to be achieved within the tight space constraints available. The entire route was installed within a 52 hour possession window.
As part of its involvement with the Jubilee and Northern Lines Upgrade Project, SRC managed the design and installation of the essential new Cable Route Management System (CRMS). This process involved considering buildability, so SRC’s structural engineers completed a series of assessments to confirm the existing structures had sufficient strength to accommodate the additional loads. SRC was involved with the specification and installation of the new Service Control Centre for the Victoria Line at Northumberland Park, and the specification and build of a new backup control facility at Blackhorse Road.
All site works must also be undertaken in such a way as to allow network operations to continue normally, other than in exceptional circumstances. So carrying out improvement works to existing railway assets requires experience and knowledge of the operation of the LU infrastructure, systems and equipment.
Patrick Keegan, SRC's Engineering Director
"It is vital to London Underground that design consultants have the relevant specialist knowledge of how the existing infrastructure functions before, during and after construction. At SRC our engineers are able to adopt a multi-disciplinary approach to projects, due to their experience of LU systems and construction methods, as well as design. SRC engineers understand that each station is unique and that designs must be approached differently depending on the site-specific conditions, and they can also incorporate lessons learnt from previous experience.”