Colas rail and Morgan Sindfall have been awarded a £20 million project by Network Rail, as part of the Multi Asset Framework Agreement, to refurbish roof Spans One to Three at Paddington Station.
The joint venture began at the end of July this year and is set to complete by January 2016. Span One to Three of the building’s roof was built by a nineteenth century engineer, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, and is listed by English Heritage as a Grade I structure. The refurbishment of the spans will improve the internal appearance and environment of the station, as well as extend the service life of the roof.
Works on the roof will include steelwork strengthening and repairs to the original wrought iron structure and decorative scrolls. The lighting system will also be upgraded and the polycarbonate roof lights replaced. The onsite team will also undertake internal redecoration and make improvements to the roof drainage.
Neil Barnes, Rail Director at Morgan Sindall, said:
“We are delighted to have been appointed to the next phase of refurbishment at Paddington Station.
“Our team has a wealth of specialist rail experience and will carry out the work from a suspended scaffold above the live railway platforms to ensure the day to day running of the station can continue with minimal disruption.”
The contract follows Morgan Sindall’s successful completion of Paddington Station’s Span Four which was finished in September 2011. The team was recognised for its achievements on Span Four with a number of industry awards. Colas Rail and Morgan Sindall are also working in partnership, under the Multi Asset Framework Agreement for Network Rail, on freight lengthening projects and the £35 million Swindon to Kemble Redoubling scheme.