Our team of civil and structural engineers have a wealth of experience working and designing on the UK railway. We understand the specific requirements and demands of the railway and always provide solutions that are practical, buildable and manage risk.
At the heart of our strength lies the belief that all great railway infrastructure solutions are established in close collaboration with both the client and the contractor. We work hard to develop strong working relationships that ensure all design decisions improve the project outcomes.
In our 40 years’ experience, we have overseen many challenging and demanding engineering projects in the railway, including Kings Cross Square, Charing Cross Platform Replacement and a number of control centres on the London Underground network
A programme of replacing and refurbishing structures and delivering improvements to rail stations is underway across the UK. Robert West are providing design assurance services for the structural repair, refurbishment and re-decoration of footbridges at four stations in the South East of England.
To reduce the inherent risks associated with taking electrical isolations for rail possessions, Negative Short Circuit Devices (NSCD’s) are being introduced to the rail infrastructure at substations in the Southern rail network. NSCD’s provide a point of isolation for Direct Current Track (DC lines) when taking an isolation. The NSCD’s are typically housed in a module or externally on concrete bases with various route works required.
Robert West were briefed to provide design delivery, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and programme management for the route works, foundations and Flood Risk Assessments for the NSCD’s across eight sites in the South East of England over a period of approximately five months.
The Department for Transport recently announced a £150m upgrade scheme for Gatwick Airport station and preparation work is now underway.
Robert West were appointed by Lowery to complete the enabling works design associated with the diversion of High Voltage (HV), Low Voltage (LV) and signalling power cables from the rear of Platform 7 at Gatwick station to between Platforms 7 and 6. The works included two under track crossings (UTX) for the cables and a glass reinforced polymer (GRP) elevated trough route.
Robert West are once again involved with the Crossrail project as the changes it brings require modernisation across the rail network.
Crossrail trains utilise Driver Only Operation (DOO) technology and require new cameras and associated cable routes at Crossrail stations to enable the system to operate.
At Twyford Station in Buckinghamshire Robert West were commissioned by Fourway Communications to carry out the civil design for the DOO scheme. This included the design of the concrete foundations for the DOO cameras, the associated cable routing, canopy camera brackets and a structural assessment of the existing station canopy.
A pedestrian footbridge, originally built in the late 1800’s, had been identified as unsafe and was closed to the public in January 2019.
Robert West engineers were commissioned by Leeke Associates (lead designers for the scheme) to undertake the Temporary Works design for the removal of the bridge in a similar way to that shown in our video of the removal of Oxford Road footbridge.
The footbridge provided pedestrians and cyclists with a method of crossing from one side of the railway line to the other. Our Transport Planners are undertaking a feasibility study to identify the affect of the removal of the bridge for members of the public.
As part of the London Underground Digital Escalator Panel (DEP) Refresh project, Exterion Media are upgrading the current digital advertising panels with new, more energy efficient digital monitors and installing brand new continuous digital ‘Ribbon’ screens. These new screens run along the existing escalator incline at 25 different stations across the London Underground (LU) infrastructure. Our brief was to provide full design and assurance to LU process and requirements services for the Civils, Structural and Premises elements of the project from feasibility through detailed design and construction support.
Through our Transport for London framework agreement, Robert West were appointed as lead designer, structural engineer and multi-discipline designers for the new Piccadilly Line Control Centre. The existing four-storey building required extensive redevelopment to provide a control centre, equipment rooms, an office and staff accommodation. A particular client requirement was to strengthen the building to make it blast resilient – Robert West were responsible for the complex design associated with this.
Oxford Road footbridge is located near Clacton-On-Sea station on the Colchester to Clacton line. It was constructed in circa 1920. The footbridge carries a footpath between Oxford Road and Clacton Leisure Centre, with a single span over four Network Rail tracks. There is Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) in place over each track supported by gantries. The bridge was in poor condition and was identified for deck replacement with a trestle modification scheme.
The proposed intervention work included replacing the main span and landings with a new steel plate girder structure and landings. The new main span and landings were adapted from Network Rail’s standard non-station footbridge details and suited to the longer clear span requirement of 28 metres approximately.
A coordinated design of the new eastern entrance and exit to Shadwell Station, located between Bank, Tower Gateway Stations and Limehouse Station. Access and egress from the station took place from the western end of the station, via the formal entrance on Watney Street. A staircase and lift provide access from street level to platform level above. The eastern new exit and entrance is located in Shadwell Place, a pedestrian way, off Sutton Street and was designated as an emergency exit. The brief specified items to be retained, removed and modified, including retention of the existing staircase and support structure.