Manchester Rail Operating Centre

Overview

Project: Manchester Rail Operating Centre
Client: Morgan Sindall
Value: £5.6m

  • The state of the art building is one of 12 within the UK which will control the entire rail network in Britain
  • Dual fully rated 2N UPS systems A and B where installed supporting all essential small power systems
  • The power distribution system included 2-levels of UPS back-up to maintain power supplies to all critical systems

Genlec has successfully delivered a complete MEP package for Morgan Sindall at the £15.9m Manchester Rail Operating Centre (ROC). The state of the art building is one of 12 within the UK which will control the entire rail network in Britain, replacing 800-plus signal boxes and other operational locations.

Project

The delivery of a new £15.9 million facility from which Network Rail’s North West Operating Centre will be based is now complete.

The  M&E  system included a host of sustainable features including rainwater harvesting, solar hot water, low energy lighting, super insulation and inverter driven displacement ventilation.

Genlec formed part of the Morgan Sindall supply chain team managing all M&E works at the Gorton, Manchester site. The three-storey, steel-framed building was designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating, and is of a composite structure. A range of specialist design and construction methods and techniques where implemented across the project including a full Building Information Modelling (BIM) level two approach.

The facility features advanced signalling and telemetry tracking  systems helping to reduce delays, improve performance and capacity, provide better passenger information and support incident management and recovery during periods of disruption. The centre, in Gorton,  provides a base from which all of Network Rail’s operations in the region are managed and accommodates its personnel and control equipment.

M&E Works

The power distribution system included 2-levels of UPS back-up to maintain power supplies to all critical systems even in a multiple worst case failure scenario with an extremely high reliability rating.

A photo voltaic generation from roof mounted solar panels (PV’s) was installed in co-ordination with the power system. These where supplementary to the building electrical supply with potential to reduce energy bills by providing maximum output when solar availability is highest.

A permanent stand-by packaged and attenuated diesel generator sited adjacent to the building was installed complete with bulk storage, transfer pump, daily service tank, controls etc providing further back-up for the grid supplies.

Dual fully rated 2N UPS systems A and B where also installed supporting all essential small power to work stations, S&T equipment, and essential mechanical services in accordance with Network Rail S&T requirements.

“This is the second ROC contract that we have successfully delivered on behalf of Morgan Sindall. We understand and appreciate the nature of the project and the challenges and constraints under which a development such as this presents. We worked effectively and cohesively as part of the wider supply chain team and once again, delivered the project on time, meeting all of our clients wider objectives.”

Jonathan Twentyman, Managing Director of Genlec
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