Gateline and Station Enhancements

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR)
£1.5 million
Interior Design, Building Services Engineering, Structural & Civil Engineering, Principal Designer, Building Surveying

GTR appointed Frankham to survey, design and specify a package of fourteen station enhancement schemes, including automatic ticket gates (ATG), local power and communications supply improvements, containment required for power/comms and new lighting/emergency lighting.

Key Stakeholders involved were GTR’s Station Management, GTR’s appointed Project Manager, Local Planners, British Transport Police, internal stakeholders and Network Rail. We successfully managed the process and obtained Landlords Consent at all fourteen stations.

Gateline and Station EnhancementsOur team have a full understanding of and worked in compliance with CUBIC’s Acceptable Location Guideline, which enabled us complete detailed reviews of the existing facilities giving particular consideration to the potential siting of the ATG’s, e.g. within booking halls or in alternative external locations where possible.

Our team produced a feasibility study for each site with various options for discussion and GTR’s approval and in conjunction with the key Stakeholders, we reviewed current, likely and preferred use patterns, including the need for night gates. Frankham team prepared and reviewed outline schemes for each station in line with the following requirements:

  • Level and suitable floor surface to meet structural/pull out requirements for ATGs, WAGs, glazed barriers, THSCUs, EMOs and VHPs
  • Protection to the ATGs to shield from rainfall
  • CCTV to cover the proposed ATG positions
  • General power and communications design for ATGs, THSCUs, EMOs and VHPs
  • Relocation and siting of new ticket vending machines
  • Localised staff heating

Following Client’s sign-off, our design team continued to work closely with the Client’s specialist teams and CUBIC throughout the design development to ensure any requirements and input to the schemes, in particular ATG’s, CIS and CCTV, were incorporated into the design. Our team maintained good communication level with GTR’s PM and the key Stakeholders through weekly update reports and monthly review meetings; this helped us manage any change with minimal disruption to the programme and ensured timely delivery of the project.

Frankham’s involvement included the preparation of contract and tender documents using the NEC Option A format and ongoing support during and after the tender analysis and procurement process.

Our in-house CDM team acted as the Principal Designer, providing monitoring and review of the H&S requirements on site during the installation of ATG’s. Also our designers provided supervisor duties to monitor the works, ensuring adherence to the designs and onsite technical support.

GTR had a committed obligation date with the DfT to meet by and would face an uncapped fine if this was not achieved. To ensure the date was met, our design team undertook value engineering exercises to reduce the works where possible whilst still delivering the client’s objectives. It also considered the suitability of materials /products in relation to their order period. The works were carried out in operational stations and the designs were therefore developed to ensure minimum impact to station operations and passenger disruption.

We worked with the client PM team to overcome complexities and challenges in delivering the ATGs and managing a variety of contractors and phased schemes simultaneously. Ultimately, the station facilities were improved with all works completed on budget and to programme, before the committed obligation date. This was possible by working closely and building strong relationships with the Client’s specialist teams and CUBIC.