New Procurement Model Brings Benefits for Station Upgrades

Dale Potts
Innovative procurement strategies introduced by consultant Faithful+Gould will assist in maximising cost efficiency and delivering high quality facilities whilst achieving economies on GNER’s East Coast Mainline station upgrade programme.

Faithful+Gould is providing project and cost management and planning supervisory services for the enhancement programme which involves work at six stations - Darlington, York, Doncaster, Newark, Grantham and Peterborough.

The fast track programme is scheduled for completion in November and focuses on the provision of new travel centres, passenger lounge refurbishments, toilet facilities, subways and improved disabled access. The diverse nature of the work means that rather than using standard rail sector procurement models, Faithful+Gould has recommended contracting and contract arrangements more akin to those adopted within the general construction sector.

York station has listed building status and the work is being undertaken in close consultation with Network Rail, railway heritage and planning authorities to ensure all aspects of the project complement the existing structure. Improvements at Doncaster station include relocation of the travel centre as an integral part of the new bus interchange which is, itself, part of the town’s £multi-million shopping centre development.