Structural steel specialist on track with £3.5m multi-project railway delivery

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 30 Apr 2019

Two new railway upgrade contracts have been won by Scunthorpe-based Britcon Engineering Services, nudging recent wins in the sector to nearly £3.5 million.

The structural steelwork specialist has been awarded a £900,000 contract as part of an Access for All upgrade by Network Rail at Mexborough, near Sheffield.

Issued by Construction Marine Ltd, Britcon will supply drawings, material, fabrication and protection system application for a 15m span footbridge, stair structures and 160m ramps.

The restricted nature of the site, with limited evening track possessions for installation, means Britcon will trial assemble the bridge, its support towers and stair assemblies in its own stockyard and store to deliver to the Ferry Boat Lane station in the sequence to be erected from the neighbouring county.

As part of the complete refurbishment and modernisation of Market Harborough Station, Britcon has been instructed by Amey Ltd in a £500,000 contract to provide a 15m span link bridge, stair enclosures and two lift-shafts. This is to provide new access to a redundant platform now being reactivated.

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Again, to minimise site working during limited track possession periods, Britcon has allowed for cladding of the bridge, stairs and lift shafts off site, to be installed during a series of night-time possessions. 

The fabrication for both projects incorporated all Network Rail standard protection specifications such as anti-trip nosings, corduroy deck inserts on the stairs for the visually impaired as well as a bespoke handrail/balustrade system.

Britcon's estimating manager, Peter Redfern, pictured left, said: “We are pleased to secure these contracts and remain a recognised and prominent contractor to the Network Rail upgrade programme. Our expertise in the rail sector spans many decades and our capacity to trial assemble components off site significantly helps the restrictions imposed by limited access for installation. All of our fabrications conform to exacting Network Rail standards and CE level 3 accreditation.”

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It follows the recent completion of a £1 million project to provide new structural steelwork for the creation of a new station at Ilkeston, Derbyshire, a £480,000 steelwork upgrade project for Carillion at Doncaster Station, and a £540,000 project for Balfour Beatty at Abbeywood Station, South East London.

Network Rail’s Railway Upgrade Plan is one of the biggest investment programmes ever carried out on Britain’s rail network and includes new lines and upgraded stations, electrification and signalling.

British Steel, also based in Scunthorpe, is the rail provider for the UK network, winning an extension to the five year deal that ended last month in September last year. 

It supplied more than 9,000km in that period, and demand is accelerating, with more than 4,000km to be provided in the next two years.



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