READING STATION RENEWAL

Client: Costain Hochtief
Location: Reading Station
Value: £6m
Duration: 24 months (3 Phases)

Reading station renewal was part of a much larger project to improve the wider rail network in the Reading area. The aim of the project was to create new capacity at the station, which is one of the busiest outside London, with some 20 million passengers a year passing through.

Our works involved the reconstruction of 5 new station platform faces, alterations to existing platforms including widening and infilling, the construction of two new large station entrances, a 30m wide passenger transfer deck including lifts, stairs and escalators to provide access between platforms 7 to 15. And construction of various platform buildings.

Our team delivered the scheme through the Grip Stage 5-8 process through close involvement with the Client, Network Rail (asset owner) and First Great Western (end user).

We supported and delivered a series of successful blockades culminating in a milestone four-day (109-hour) blockade during Easter 2013, allowing Network Rail to re-sequence the project, and accelerating it to one year ahead of schedule. This required extensive collaboration between the various stakeholders and contractors.

Completed 1 year ahead of schedule
Minimal number of train delays
Customer satisfaction from the public and train operating companies