Railway Works and Repairs
BS Steels is active in the Railways sector, and in particular in repair and replacement work of structures, barriers and parapets. This is demonstrated in the following cases studies.
New railway bridge parapet, Marcon Place, London E8
BS Steels designed, manufactured and installed this new railway bridge parapet. Over Easter Bank Holiday 2013, seven independent rail bridges supporting four tracks and four platforms at Hackney Downs Station were demolished and reconstructed – all within 99 hours. Main contractor Osborne’s time-lapse video (below) captures this remarkable and challenging project.BS Steels was asked to deliver the parapet within a 4-week timescale. This included:
- Our own EDM survey, modelled on our TEKLA® system, involving very complex loading calculations.
- Design and manufacture, including galvanising, special anti-graffiti powder coating, and anti-vandal fixings. We called on specialists MGC+ to galvanise and powder coat 10 tonnes of steel plates.
- More than 200 diamond-drilled holes through the concrete upstand, to zero tolerances.
- An on-site timetable reflecting the necessity to have the parapets complete and services relaid and connected, before the platform extensions could be used.
The Marcon Place Underbridge Reconstruction project was ‘Highly Commended’ in 2013’s Network Rail Partnership Awards for ‘Best Medium Project Category’. The Awards were created by Network Rail to reward the great partnerships that exist within the rail industry. We are proud to have played our part in this project.
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Pedestrian footbridge, Wareham Station
The task to renovate and maintain this footbridge required BS Steels to strip the bridge back to its original structure. Any part of the structure which had delaminated or was damaged in any way was then cut out and replaced. The railway underneath had to remain operational throughout the period, requiring the bridge to be scaffolded and totally encapsulated, with relatively constricted working space.
A feature of the finished bridge is the sleek stainless steel handrail. Sealed within the stainless steel tube is LED lighting. This is a capability that can be transferred to any project requiring stylish handrails with built-in illumination: the location, number of lights and angle of light can all be adjusted to provide the desired arc of light.
For enquiries on BS Steels’s capabilities in railway steelwork, bridge repair work or architectural steelwork, please contact Roger Slade on 07802 265438, or by e-mail.