Station Enhancements programme

Frankham is appointed to survey, design and specify a package of 24 station enhancement schemes which we managed through procurement and on site.

We have been carrying out design duties and advised on programming, planning and batching of the sites. Working with a corporate design manual our Building Surveyors completed detailed reviews of the existing facilities. In conjunction with the local operating managers we reviewed current, likely and preferred use patterns. Outline schemes for each station were prepared and reviewed with local station management for sign off. The detailed design and specification included the building fabric, architectural and the design of mechanical and electrical services installations, and allowance for CIS and CCTV systems.

As part of the design consultation process mood boards describing the sanitary ware, furniture and fixtures were prepared and distributed for comment. An extensive review of fixtures, resulted in a significant change to corporate standards for taps in particular.

Station Enhancements programmeA number of the stations required additional listed building consent (one was on the English Heritage ‘at risk’ register). The application process, the additional detailing. Further and wider consultation required were all completed as part of our service. This included the bespoke package of heritage sympathetic features such as stair handrailing and departures from the design manual to permit the retention of heritage seating for example.

Our deliverables also included the specification of remedial works arising from an asbestos survey, organised and delivered by Frankham’s own asbestos specialist team. This greatly improved the speed of delivery to the benefit of the programme.

Similarly drain repairs were specified further to our having commissioned a CCTV drain survey to all sites. Coordination of this specialist with our own survey teams was key to us minimising disruption to railway operations and many of the CCTV surveys were undertaken out of hours to avoid risk and disruption to the travelling public.

The Building Surveyors liaised closely with client specialist teams who input to the schemes, in particular the CIS and CCTV systems.

Our involvement included the preparation of contract and tender documents using the NEC Option 3 format and we provided support in the tender analysis and procurement process.

Regular formal and informal contact with the client Project Manager allowed us to manage change with minimal disruption to the programme.

During the site phase we completed regular inspections of works in progress. We convened, chaired and minuted monthly progress meetings, we undertook financial management, completing monthly assessments of works and issued certificates for payment. As work sites completed we undertook snagging with the contractor and ultimately signed-off the project on completion. Throughout all we held bi-monthly review meetings with our client to ensure solid communication.