Worksop Galvanizing has played a key role in helping one of its clients secure a prestigious award chosen by the public in recognition of design excellence.
The plant has worked with Bourne Construction Engineering as part of an extensive regeneration project at Reading train station. The engineering excellence which drove the project successfully secured the Public Choice Award at the 2012 Tekla BIM awards.
Worksop Galvanizing treated 485 tonnes of steel used by Bourne Construction Engineering and subcontractor, Structural Manufacturing Products Ltd, for the huge renovation of Reading station, one of the busiest junctions on the National Rail Network. The redevelopment has been key to increase capacity whilst modernising facilities, and included the build of two new station entrances. The scope of works has also seen the delivery of 1.3km of roof canopies that were constructed offsite and installed overnight, to avoid disruption and ensure the safety of rail passengers. The work to build the new station is part of Network Rail's £895 million overall investment to transform the railway in Reading.
The project was shortlisted amongst fourteen other entries in the Public Choice category at the Tekla BIM Awards, which recognises engineering design excellence within the construction industry. The project, which defeated other notable entries such as The Shard in London, and the Thames Cable Car, was described as ‘an amazing feat of engineering’ by the public, and was praised for its modular construction, which reduced the number of man hours on site.
Paul Robinson, Commercial Manager of Worksop Galvanizing, said: “We are delighted to have lent our expertise to the Reading station development scheme, especially as the project has been recognised for its innovative construction. As the station was still operating during the redevelopment, the structure was manufactured offsite, which required us to work to a tight but totally achievable schedule.
"We would like to offer our congratulations to Bourne Construction Engineering for the award, and look forward to working with them on future projects.”