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Morgan Sindall wins £15.9 million Network Rail contract

Morgan Sindall has won a £15.9 million contract to construct Network Rail’s North West Operating Centre in Manchester.

The Operating Centre in Gorton will provide a base from which all of Network Rail’s operations in the region will be run and will accommodate its personnel and control equipment.

The three-storey, steel-framed building is designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating and is due to be completed by December 2013.

The building is a composite structure and includes a variety of specialist design and construction methods and techniques. These include the use of laminated, strengthened glass panels and curtain wall cladding.

A key feature of the building will be its attractive and sustainable ‘green roof’, which will be planted with sedum vegetation to absorb rainwater and provide insulation. The building is also highly insulated to avoid energy wastage.

The development will see around 110 people working on site at the peak of construction, including a number of specialist contractors.

James Morgan, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We are delighted to have won this significant contract which is a testament to the combined expertise of our Rail and Construction teams.

“Our collaborative and full Building Information Modelling (BIM) level two approach will deliver a bespoke solution to Network Rail and provide them with a state-of-the-art home for many years to come.”
The contract is the latest in a string of rail projects which Morgan Sindall has been appointed to this year. Schemes include a circa £8 million contract to refurbish the subsurface platforms of Liverpool’s underground stations, a circa £9 million project to install a system to cool the platform areas at Green Park Tube Station and a £13 million project to extend and enhance Centro’s Wednesbury depot in preparation for the arrival of a new fleet of trams.

Last year the company was awarded the C350 Pudding Mill Lane contract, worth in the region of £50 million, to link the new Crossrail tunnels to the Network Rail infrastructure in the London Borough of Newham. In August 2011, a joint venture between Morgan Sindall and Colas Rail was appointed to Network Rail’s Enhancements Multi Asset Framework Agreement (MAFA) to carry out rail improvement works on the Western route, the anticipated turnover for this work is circa £150 million and will run until April 2014.


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