Rugby Rail Operating Centre

Overview

Project: Rubgy Rail Operating Centre
Client: Morgan Sindall
Value: £4.7m

  • Effective planning and management was imperative throughout the project to avoid disruption to operations
  • A photo voltaic generation from roof mounted solar panels (PV’s) was installed in co-ordination with the power system
  • Dual fully rated 2N UPS systems A and B where installed supporting all essential small power to work stations

Genlec has successfully delivered a complete MEP package for Morgan Sindall at the £22m Rugby 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 and replaces 800-plus signal boxes and other operational locations.

Project

A 46-week MEP programme has been successfully completed and handed over to main contractor Morgan Sindall at the Rugby Rail Operating Centre.

Working closely alongside the main contractor and the supply chain, Genlec delivered a full programme of MEP services for the ROC and Maintenance Delivery Unit. At approximately 100 metres long and 25 metres wide and built to a BREEAM rating of Very Good, the state-of-the-art three storey building sits directly adjacent to Rugby Rail Station and is three metres from the West Coast main line.

The new facility features advanced signalling and telemetry tracking systems helping to reduce delays, improving performance and capacity, providing better passenger information and support incident management and recovery during periods of disruption.

Effective planning and management was imperative throughout the project duration in order to avoid disruption to day to day operations. A team of 30 Genlec skilled staff worked at the site, a figure which rose to 60 during peak periods.

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.

“The challenges around this project arose due to the nature of the development, the location and the high public use of surrounding facilities. The project formed an integral part of Network Rail’s future operational faculties and will help improve efficiency and performance whilst boosting capacity.
“We have taken a collaborative approach to our role within the project, partnering with the client, the rest of the supply chain and our own subcontracting team. Our work has been delivered with the utmost care with precise attention to detail and was handed over on time, meeting all the client and end users objectives at every level.”

Jonathan Twentyman, Managing Director of Genlec
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