Hull's Spencer Group wins national award for London rail station project

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 2 Apr 2018

Hull engineering giant Spencer Group has claimed a national industry award for its work at a major railway station.

The rail infrastructure specialist based in Hull city centre has been recognised for completing a project to improve passengers experience at one of the London’s busiest underground stations.

Spencer Group claimed the Outstanding Projects – Medium (£3m-£20m) category in the prestigious UK Rail Industry Awards 2018 for a scheme to achieve step-free access to platforms at Finsbury Park, one of the oldest and most used stations on the underground.

The award recognised Spencer Group’s successful delivery of the project which involved the sinking of two new lift shafts, the construction and refurbishment of staircases and the extension of an existing, disused passageway.

Spencer Group staff working at Finsbury Park station

The improvements delivered by Spencer Group will double the capacity for travellers and reduce congestion by enhancing connectivity from ground level to the underground Victoria and Piccadilly Line platforms.

Passengers will have more space and journeys through the station will be quicker, while the station will be accessible for the first time for wheelchairs, prams and buggies.

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Glen Smithson, operations director at Spencer Group, said: “We’re proud of our work at Finsbury Park and delighted it has been recognised with this prestigious award.

“From the outset we committed to ensure the station remained fully operational throughout the works and we achieved that objective, while delivering improvements that will benefit commuters and other travellers for many years into the future.

“This project, and others such as at Penzance, showcase the safe, innovative and collaborative approach we take to the successful delivery of demanding engineering challenges.

Spencer Group staff working on the Finsbury Park project

“Our ambition is to become the contractor of choice for complex, multi-disciplinary and high-risk projects in the rail industry and our other key sectors and this recognition underlines our credentials to achieve that status.”

Spencer Group is one of the UK’s largest privately-owned engineering businesses and the UK Rail Industry Award underlines the company’s reputation across the rail industry and other sectors, such as energy and materials handling.

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The firm is currently completing the £200m Energy Works development on Cleveland Street in Hull.

Spencer Group project manager for Finsbury Park, Menelaos Lydakis, said: “This award is a great tribute to the project team and the excellent relationships we forged with the London Underground and Network Rail teams to deliver this project under extremely challenging conditions.

From left, Finsbury Park project director Menelaos Lydakis, rail director Simon Bethell and operations director Glen Smithson

“We’re very proud that we minimised the impact on the service to travellers. In fact, our approach to the project has meant it has been business as usual for one of the busiest stations outside zone one of the London Underground, for the full duration of the project.”

The UK Rail Industry Awards are the biggest and most prestigious celebration of excellence in the industry, and was hosted by comedian and actor Rufus Hound at London’s Battersea Evolution events venue.

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