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Morgan Sindall to build Manchester rail centre

Morgan Sindall has been selected by Network Rail to build a £15.9 million North-west operating centre in Manchester.

The operating centre in Gorton will provide a base from which all of Network Rail’s operations in the region will be run and will accommodate its personnel and control equipment.

The three-storey, steel-framed building is designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating and is due to be completed by December 2013.

The building is a composite structure and includes a variety of specialist design and construction methods and techniques. These include the use of laminated, strengthened glass panels and curtain wall cladding.

A key feature of the building will be its ‘green roof’, which will be planted with sedum vegetation to absorb rainwater and provide insulation. The building is also highly insulated to avoid energy wastage.

The development will see around 110 people working on site at the peak of construction, including a number of specialist contractors.

Morgan Sindall area director James Morgan said: “We are delighted to have won this significant contract which is a testament to the combined expertise of our rail and construction teams.

“Our collaborative and full BIM level two approach will deliver a bespoke solution to Network Rail and provide them with a state-of-the-art home for many years to come.”

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