Kent Multifunctional Framework (MFF) for Network Rail

Frankham is delighted to have provided a CEM (Contractor’s Engineering Manager) into the Costain Group PLC, operating the Kent Multifunctional Framework (MFF) for Network Rail, for the construction of a HOOB (High Output Operating Base) at Sevington, Ashford, Kent. Design work has been largely completed by BCS Capita.

Kent Multifunctional Framework (MFF) for Network RailThe HOOB has LA approval for permanent use of the site for the storage and loading onto train of track ballast, maintenance activities and erection of accommodation and new sidings. The site forms part of the existing railhead which was originally developed in 1987 to provide aggregates and aggregate products for the construction of the Channel Tunnel.

The current scheme has bought with it many challenges including working on land used for railway purposes but owned by Robert Brett & Sons, with adjacent residential properties and high speed rail link train movements, tight programme constraints and tough budgetary controls to provide a working facility. The site recently opened to successfully receive its first modern generation ballast trains.