Capel CS Ltd were awarded their first major project for Abellio Greater Anglia Ltd in September 2020 for the refurbishment of the existing operations facilities at Norwich Station. The works were carried out under the JCT Design & Build 2011 with Amendments form of contract
The works at Norwich Station included the refurbishment and remodeling of the first floor office area within the main station building. The station building is a grade II listed building.
The contract value was over £1M in total and lasted circa 7 months.
There were planning constraints in place regarding the extent of remodeling that could be carried out internally. All existing skirting, coving, windows and doors were to be protected throughout the course of the works.
The initial phase of the works required the relocation of the staff working in the Norwich offices into temporary accommodation to allow the construction work to be undertaken. The Norwich facilities, along with Stratford, are key operating facilities for Greater Anglia Rail, and a smooth transition into the temporary accommodation was paramount to ensure no disruption to the day-to-day operations of the network.
New temporary office accommodation was installed on the royal dock sidings to facilitate the migration of staff. The siting of the temporary office accommodation was undertaken at night during possession requiring isolation of OLE’s
Refurbishment and Re-development
Once the staff had been successfully migrated from the 1st floor offices, the refurbishment works were able to commence. The new works included for provision of new staff toilets, Mess facility, open plan offices, meeting rooms, training rooms and a locker room.
The works necessitated the removal of the existing electrical distribution boards and wiring located within the loft space above the first floor. A new 125 m long electric sub mains were installed to provide a new electrical supply to the new main panel board installed within the loft area of the building. The existing ticket office electric supply was to kept live during the works and the switchover of these supplies could only be undertaken at night during station closure times.
Non load-bearing and load bearing walls were removed with structural supports installed to retain the existing coving features.
The existing alarm system was reconfigured to suit the new floor layout.
New suspended ceilings and floor finishes are to be installed throughout, with all existing surfaces made good and re-decorated in accordance with the conservation planners requirements.
Modernisation & completion
Due to the listed status of the building, all refurbishment works were required to be undertaken in a manner sympathetic with the existing structure resulting in minimal alterations to the building fabric.
New doors were manufactured to replicate the existing heritage doors to provide a seamless transition between the existing heritage features and the new installations.
The works are being undertaken during both day and night periods over the 30-week contract period. Works have been completed in accordance with the contract programme.