SOURCE BEHIND THE SCENES AT ROYAL ALBERT HALL EXCAVATIONS

Source Design Services; a specialist utility engineering design consultancy and part of leading engineering service provider McNicholas Group, are excited to be working on the latest phase of improvements to the Royal Albert Hall. This will facilitate the Grade I listed building’s development of an underground expansion project on the west side of the building to be ready for the Hall’s 150th anniversary in 2021.

The £1 million contract is part of a project, which has been fondly nicknamed ‘The Great Excavation’ and will facilitate the rationalization of the Hall’s backstage areas to provide much-improved facilities for artists, promoters and staff, whilst also creating dedicated public spaces. The basement of the new scheme will also house a new boiler room.

Source were instructed by Sir Robert McAlpine’s team on behalf of the Royal Albert Hall (RAH), to carry out a Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) and Sewer Closed Circuit TV (CCTV) survey to determine which Utilities would be affected by the new basement.

From this information, and the development of a suitable plan Source were instructed to carry out a trial trench around the perimeter of the new proposed basement, liaise with all of the utilities affected, and arrange for them to be either cut back, capped off or diverted to a more suitable and permanent route where possible.

On the back of the company’s performance on this contract, Source secured other large elements of works on the project, including the development of a trial hole shaft (3m X 3m X 6.6m) to identify the depth of a significant chimney flue, and the extent of the footings which is now complete, and the installation of a 5m X 6m X 5.5m shaft and a 5m X 1.5m X 1.5m tunnel. This will allow the Royal Albert Hall’s underpinning team to remove the spoil and pump in the necessary concrete, whilst minimizing any disruption to the Hall and any of their shows.

“To minimize disruption, speed was of the essence on this project, and so to save time we went for a steel reinforced box which we hydraulically pushed into place, rather than using conventional timber heading. This meant the underpinning contractor could install a more robust conveyor system, and weld the concrete pumping pipes in place within the tunnel sections,” explains explained Business Director for Source Design Services, Rob Campbell.

“We are also undertaking all negotiations and developing the designs for a full diversion of a Thames water sewer. This involves the excavation of a 3 m x 5.1m x 6.5 m sheeted shaft to accommodate the new 2.1 m diameter manhole over the 450mm existing sewer. This means that the manhole that was meant to make up part of the basement construction will now be removed; therefore freeing up valuable basement space for the Hall,” Rob said.

Source has also been awarded the construction phase of these works and are on target to complete all works on the Hall’s basement improvements by xxxx

 

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SOURCE DESIGN SERVICES

Source Design Services is the design and consultancy arm of the McNicholas Group specialising in the delivery of utility design and consultancy services. Our multi-disciplined team of engineers and experts have an unrivalled depth of understanding and practical experience in the challenging area of utilities. Working with a client base that encompasses diverse industries and includes clients, such as Canary Wharf Contractors, Sir Robert McAlpine, Tesco Stores Limited, Network Rail and many more, Source Design Services have a wealth of experience in the understanding of utility processes. We successfully complete projects from feasibility studies through to detailed design and delivery; all with a focus on programme certainty and achieving tangible savings for our clients. www.sourcedesignservices.co.uk

SOURCE ON TRACK FOR DELIVERY OF BIGGEST CONTRACT TO DATE

Source Design Services; a specialist utility engineering design consultancy and part of leading engineering service provider McNicholas Group, has reached the half way mark in the delivery of designs for the upgrade of 170km of the Sussex Route rail infrastructure.

This major milestone is part Source’s biggest ever contract for Network Rail and part of its Control Period 5 Delivery Plans, which have been designed to improve service resilience, certainty of power supply and improved frequency of trains for The Sussex Route; the ‘spine and rib’ route of the Brighton Main Line, which runs from London Victoria to Brighton.

With more than 500 design submissions in total, Source is providing designs for the ancillary civils, under-track (UTX) and under-road (URX) crossings, electric track equipment, positive and negative cabling, signalling assurance and Critical Rail Temperature management along the route. The biggest element of the contract, however, is the upgrade to the power supply and associated equipment. This will facilitate service growth and maintenance switch-outs; improving working conditions and safety for Network Rail’s operational staff by moving equipment further away from the track to positions of safety. This will also help meet the future development requirement of this route, which is the busiest and most densely congested within the network.

“Our contract with Network Rail is unique in that it is our biggest ever to date, and that it requires us to operate in a design engineering management capacity, where we coordinate and oversee up to five other specialist design contractors at any one time, while also operating in a hands-on specialist contractor role,” explained Business Director for Source Design Services, Rob Campbell.

Source commenced work on the contract for Network Rail in January 2016, and is on track to complete the works by the beginning of April 2017

 

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For more information or high resolution photographs contact Marit Meyer-Bell
e: marit@meyerbell.co.uk
t: 0786 765 3392

SOURCE DESIGN SERVICES

Source Design Services is the design and consultancy arm of the McNicholas Group specialising in the delivery of utility design and consultancy services. Our multi-disciplined team of engineers and experts have an unrivalled depth of understanding and practical experience in the challenging area of utilities. Working with a client base that encompasses diverse industries and includes clients, such as Canary Wharf Contractors, Sir Robert McAlpine, Tesco Stores Limited, Network Rail and many more, Source Design Services have a wealth of experience in the understanding of utility processes. We successfully complete projects from feasibility studies through to detailed design and delivery; all with a focus on programme certainty and achieving tangible savings for our clients. www.sourcedesignservices.co.uk

SOURCE PROVIDES INNOVATIVE UTILITY SERVICES AT SOUTHBANK PLACE

Source Design Services; a specialist utility engineering design consultancy and part of leading engineering service provider McNicholas Group, has taken on a dual role as part of its utility design contract at Southbank Place for Canary Wharf Contractors, which is managing construction of the project.

Source won the contract in September 2015 to coordinate; challenge and value engineer the design of the utility diversions. Source have been retained over the last year as an embedded member of the on-site team advising on and overseeing all utility coordination and implementation for the project.

Currently the company are undertaking the design of a multi-utility trench in Chicheley Street to accommodate the required diversions from the public realm. Four new sewer connections are also required around site, and Source are consulting with Thames Water to affect the most cost effective, safe and efficient design.

Rob Campbell Business Director for Source Design Services explains Source’s role in more detail: “We are an extended part of the construction team and play a consultative role in the development of utility designs for the project. We also provide an overarching role for all of the utility design requirements. This means we develop engineering designs for certain aspects and manage a number of other specialist utility service providers for others, and oversee the design implementation and physical delivery.

“Utility disconnections and diversions can seriously delay the programme timelines and have disproportionate impact on the project critical paths, and so this way of working helps to de-risk large scale developments, such as this one, and ensure that the utility infrastructure requirements are coordinated efficiently. Ultimately, it will save Canary Wharf Contractors both time and money,” Rob continued.

Southbank Place is a £1 billion mixed-use property development on the Shell Centre tower site on London’s South Bank, which is being constructed in phases from now until 2019. Once complete, it will include 800 apartments and 4,500 m2 of retail outlets, restaurants and cafés.

“This is an area that has long been neglected, but will offer the best of all worlds, from the bustling culture of the South Bank to some spectacular views of the most recognized landmarks in the Capital, the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben. Southbank Place is also playing a major role in the development of the local community by creating new jobs, providing affordable housing and stimulating the growth of local businesses,” said Canary Wharf Group Chief Executive Sir George Iacobescu.

 

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For more information or high resolution photographs contact Marit Meyer-Bell
e: marit@meyerbell.co.uk
t: 0786 765 3392

SOURCE DESIGN SERVICES

Source Design Services is the design and consultancy arm of the McNicholas Group specialising in the delivery of utility design and consultancy services. Our multi-disciplined team of engineers and experts have an unrivalled depth of understanding and practical experience in the challenging area of utilities. Working with a client base that encompasses diverse industries and includes clients, such as Canary Wharf Contractors, Sir Robert McAlpine, Tesco Stores Limited, Network Rail and many more, Source Design Services have a wealth of experience in the understanding of utility processes. We successfully complete projects from feasibility studies through to detailed design and delivery; all with a focus on programme certainty and achieving tangible savings for our clients. www.sourcedesignservices.co.uk

McNICHOLAS SHORTLISTED IN 2017 CN SPECIALIST AWARDS

McNicholas have been shortlisted in the Category for the Project of the Year (subcontract over £2m) for our work at Bank Station.

Barry McNicholas, CEO commented: ‘We are delighted to have been shortlisted in the Category for the Project of the Year (subcontract over £2m) for the prestigious 2017 CN Specialist Awards.

This is further good news where we have been recognized for the quality of our work and is important as Construction News endeavors and creates the opportunity to highlight the best of the industry each year through their award programme.

McNicholas are very proud to have had our work in Utility Enabling works with 3D/BIM utility design for the Bank station shortlisted, it being a pilot for a new way of collaborative working for major capital investments by TfL – and the foresighted subcontract created by our client Dragados.’

The shortlist will be featured in next week’s Construction News and is available via this link: https://specialistsawards.constructionnews.co.uk/2017-finalists

The next stage of judging will require a team from McNicholas to present our entry to the judging panel within a 30 minute window and then following the results of judging the final winners are announced in an awards ceremony in London on 22 March 2017.

McNICHOLAS JOINS FORCES WITH GROUNDWORK UK ON A BIKE RECYCLING INITIATIVE

As part of an ‘Our World’ sustainability workshop held in September 2016, the IP Southern contract based in Brighton on behalf of Network Rail was asked to think of some ways in which they could contribute to the sustainability agenda in the local area. One of the suggestions was to work with Groundwork UK, a national charity whose aim is to improve local communities through among many things providing training to create jobs. There were a number of opportunities available so the team worked together to identify the initiatives they could assist with in a way that utilised our contacts, resources and skills.

The local Groundwork UK branch in Brighton were looking for assistance with sourcing abandoned bikes which could be returned to their ‘Changing Gears’ shop for refurbishment and eventual sale. Changing Gears is a community bike repair and restoration project run by Groundwork South’s team in Sussex and Surrey and a group of dedicated volunteers. For more information, visit their website www.changingears.co.uk

The welcoming team of bike and community enthusiasts provide training on bike maintenance (and can fix your bike for you too!), restore and sell pre-loved bikes and provide volunteering and accredited training opportunities for people of all ages. All proceeds from the sale of the bikes helps sustain the project and this in turn allows them to provide further training and volunteering opportunities.

Initially the thought was to replenish their supply of bikes into the shop by collecting them from our worksites but we hit upon the idea of approaching the Station Manager, Graham Thrower, at Brighton station to see if we could join forces and help both parties. We established an agreement to transport abandoned bikes from the station to the Changing Gears shop which not only provides a constant flow of bikes for refurbishment but also means the hundreds of bikes that were previously destined for landfill are now being 100% recycled. It’s a win-win situation! Since September we’ve been helping to transport bikes from the station to the shop on a weekly basis and are committed to continuing to do so.

Going back each week also provides us with the opportunity to see the process in full flow. The bikes that we’ve supplied are now either on the shop floor up for sale or, if they were deemed not commercially viable, they have been stripped of parts and used in other bikes.

It is clear example of how bringing different parties together and working collaboratively can really make a difference. For more information about the work of Groundwork UK, please visit their website www.groundwork.org.uk

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