Walker Construction

We have been working closely with Walker Construction (UK) Ltd delivering a number of bespoke rail improvement schemes, helping to improve passenger experiences across the South of England.


Project Details
  • Client

    Walker Construction

New train shed roof and ticket gate line at Crystal Palace Station

Updating the busy Crystal Palace Station, involved installing 868m2 of roof covering over the platforms and extending the existing ticket control gating system.

When the station opened in 1854, the platforms were originally covered by a dual bow-spring arch iron roof that was removed, as a precautionary measure, shortly after a similar structure collapsed at Charing Cross station in 1905.

The significant task of re-instating the first 868m2 of roof involved a dilapidation report on the external walls, lighting, drainage, CCTV, as well as temporary works. The new roof has a steel and EFTE roof covering that meets modern standards.

The second part of the project was to modernise the automatic ticketing gate-line to handle higher passenger numbers. The deceptively simple sounding project meant alterations to the existing configuration and the design of steel members strengthening the floor to deal with the increased loading of the newly extended ticket gates.

Forecourt redesign at Hatfield Station

Hatfield Station’s existing forecourt is currently used by cars and taxis, but a redesign will make it strong enough for commercial vehicle loading, including new bus bays, shelters and drainage.

The redesigned forecourt requires a number of improvements including new retaining walls, improved drainage and the infilling of a subway. The infill material options include foam concrete and Benefil Polymer resin, a super lightweight grouting material. Furthermore, a site investigation report has discovered a poor sub-base that will require re-building to enable the new design to go ahead.

New inspection pits at Selhurst Depot

This ambitious project sees our engineering team undertake the full Contractor’s Design Package to create side access pits to existing shed inspection to accommodate a new fleet of trains.

The works will enhance the existing assets on the network using existing track layout and depot facilities. The design includes:

  • Access steps to new side pits
  • Temporary works
  • Side pit lighting
  • Soil investigation works

During this project, our experienced engineers provided civil, structural and M&E design services, while also dealing with the numerous challenges a busy train station, including tight budgeting and timescales.

Chief among the concerns is safety, which is of paramount importance to our engineers, as they break out existing concrete floors, assess ground conditions and implement a design suitable to withstand prescribed wheel loadings within this busy working environment.

Improved passenger facilities at Faversham Station and Rainham Station

As part of the Sponsor’s remit, forming part of the South Eastern (SE) element of the National Stations Improvement Programme (NSIP), Waterman undertook a “Fast Track” study to produce a Report identifying the works necessary to improve passenger experience at Faversham and Rainham stations.

The two stations were due to receive considerable makeovers, enhancing the appearance, access, security, retail and enhancing the environment of the stations and the approaches to them. The nature of the remit results in a schedule of works that can be generally implemented wholly or partly.

The grade 2 listed building, housing Faversham Station, sits within a conservation area and as such, improvements were discussed with the Railway Heritage Trust. It was hoped that the upgrades to the booking hall, ticket office, subway, platform buildings, toilets would correspond harmoniously with the aims and objectives of the Railway Heritage Trust.

Different challenges were presented at Rainham Station; a steel framed building constructed in 1990 where numerous design flaws meant the station is unable to cope with today’s high passenger numbers. Overcoming this obstacle involved removing all internal and external walls and rebuilding the structure. The new building provided an improved passenger experience, enhanced ticket and retail facilities whilst prolonging the future for this important busy station.

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