The Costain Group is one of a band of companies heavily involved in transforming the UK rail sector by providing integrated services including design, construction, logistical, environmental and maintenance operations.
The sector is vital for the nation’s future and a key focus for growth for the Costain Group.
The redevelopment of St Pancras was a launchpad for us to work on King’s Cross and Farringdon stations, and Crossrail contracts such as the construction of Paddington and Bond Street stations.
Work on the Paddington contract reached a major milestone in April this year when Costain and our JV partner Skanska completed the diaphragm walls and columns that will support the roof of the new station.
Meanwhile at Bond Street Station the JV is working on two end-to-end contracts that will deliver the station by February 2017.
Elsewhere in London, Costain is working on a Network Rail contract on the redevelopment of London Bridge Station, a key part of the Thameslink project.
Our JV with Laing O’Rourke is about to start the tunnelling phase of the Bond Street Station upgrade for London Underground. Outside the capital, the Costain/Hochtief JV is ahead of schedule on its renewal of Reading Station, again for Network Rail.
“I believe HS2 will go ahead – the country needs the increased capacity that a high speed line provides”
The recent appointment of Gren Edwards as director of rail means we now have capability in specialist rail disciplines as well as major station infrastructure, as two recent contract wins show.
In January 2012 ABC Electrification, a special purpose business between Costain, Alstom and Babcock was established to serve the £9bn electrification market in the UK for Network Rail.
ABC secured its first contract in January 2013 for Phase Three of the West Coast Power Supply Upgrade. Work on the contract is under way and is expected to complete in 2016.
In April ATC, Costain’s JV with Alstom and TSO, won a contract to design, fit-out and commission the railway systems in Crossrail’s tunnel network.
In joint venture with Alstom, we are providing the design, construction and commissioning of the systems that will deliver traction power for the trains and power to the stations in the central tunnelled section of the Crossrail scheme.
But we’ll also be bidding for projects such as the revamps of Bristol Temple Meads and Oxford stations and, looking further ahead, the likes of the redevelopment of Euston Station as part of the HS2 project. I believe HS2 will go ahead – the country needs the increased capacity that a high speed line provides.
Rail will continue to be a challenging sector, but working in collaboration with our customers, delivering innovative solutions, and focussing on value for money will ensure that we deliver the improvements needed to take this asset well into the 21st century.
Darren James is managing director, infrastructure at Costain