Spencer Group was contracted to extend three car parks at Network Rail sites, of which St Neots was the largest. The project involved demolishing an existing building to create two car parks, one each side of the station, and an access road to link them. This required considerable planning around both civil and rail engineering to minimise the project’s impact on these services.
|Location||St Neots, Cambridgeshire|
|Contract Form||ICE 2nd Edition NR9|
The works involved in this project encompassed the full range of civil and electrical engineering required of a car park from design to delivery, including: interfaces between the road and rail links, CCTV, crash barriers, drainage, kerbing and fencing, landscaping, lighting, pedestrian walkways, signage and speed bumps. Spencer’s major contribution to the success of this project was our ability to successfully manage the needs and considerations of several stakeholders representing diverse engineering sectors, due to the depth of our own expertise in these areas. With this skill, we aimed to complete these works without disrupting station operations through complex planning and consultation work.
The project was successfully and safely delivered by Spencer Group without impacting station operations. We delivered this as a two-phase project, finishing the North car park before commencing work on the South, to ensure car parking spaces were not reduced during the works. Alterations to the scope identified during delivery included the existence of asbestos, which was removed and disposed of safely, and a retaining wall that need to be raised, both of which were completed without impacting the programme. The facility was seamlessly incorporated into the existing infrastructure with minimal inconvenience to local residents and station users, and there were zero resident complaints during the works, demonstrating Spencer Group’s ability to carefully manage stakeholder interfaces throughout project delivery.