Engineering consultancy Mott MacDonald has been selected by UK-based construction and civil engineering firm BAM Nuttall to offer design services for the upgrade of railway stations at Bingley in West Yorkshire and MetroCentre in Tyne and Wear, UK.
The refurbishments are part of Network Rail’s Access for All (AfA) programme, which aims to offer improved access at key stations nationwide with the installation of lifts and ramps.
The Bingley station project involves providing detailed design for the new 16-person lifts that will be built on both platforms, located between the existing footbridge and waiting rooms.
BAM Nuttall is responsible for carrying out the project’s construction, which includes extending the current footbridge, as well as building a new staircase and landing area.
Mott MacDonald said due to the complexity of Bingley station and the interface with the existing structure, a full building information model has been created by the company to highlight possible design clashes.
The engineering consultancy is also offering outline design for the MetroCentre station upgrade, which comprises civil, geotechnical, electrical, signalling, telecommunication and environmental engineering expertise.
Mott MacDonald project director Stephen Leonard said that at Bingley the company has had to stage the structural works to allow the footbridge to remain open at all times.
"Meanwhile MetroCentre station’s interface with the shopping centre and footbridge has led to challenges with respect to funding, differing objectives and design changes due to the different owners of the station and shopping centre," Leonard said.
"We have delivered a number of other AfA schemes with BAM Nuttall, at stations including Elstree and Borehamwood," Leonard added.
The Bingley and MetroCentre station upgrades are scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2014.
Image: Upgrade of the MetroCentre station is scheduled to be completed by the second quarter of 2014. Photo: courtesy of Chris McKenna