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

The station renewal was part of a much larger project to improve the wider rail network in the Reading area, previously a bottleneck in the region’s rail system. 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. Among other aspects, six new platforms were created and others refurbished as part of the project.Our work involves the reconstruction of the station platforms, the construction of two new large station entrances and a 30m wide passenger transfer deck. At the completion of our work in February 2014 the station will have 15 platforms, with 9 of them being through platforms.

  • Construction of 5 new platform faces
  • Alterations to existing platforms, including widening and infilling and compliance to Network Rail standards
  • Construction of 1 new terminal platform and lengthening of 2 existing terminal platforms
  • Construction of a transfer deck, including lifts, stairs and escalators to provide access between platforms 7 to 15
  • Construction of various platform buildings
  • Renumbering of existing platforms

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).

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

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.