The aim of the project was to construct eight steel frame industrial units on reclaimed industrial land between two high speed railway lines.

Project Value: £1.2m
Programme: 52 weeks
Form of Contract: NR10
Consultants: BDP
Client: Network Rail
Key Trades: Groundworks / Steelwork / Cladding / Roofing / Mechanical & Electrical

Project Scope

Spence undertook the installation of a new permanent road along with upgrades to the existing drainage and utility services. In addition to the units, new parking for both cars and cycles was created.

Working in partnership with the design team, Spence were able to achieve BREAM excellence by including numerous elements within the scheme. Rainwater was collected and used to irrigate the soft landscape surrounding the units. Around the car parking spaces and tarmac approach roads, Spence installed self managing ‘french drains’. In order to deal with waste that is generated from tenant occupation of the retail units, Spence installed a state of the art waste processing facility. Wherever possible Spence installed soft landscaping including trees, shrubbery and grass areas and in order to maintain an ambient temperature within the units, all the windows were lined with solar reflective film.

Key Challenges and Solutions

The existing electricity substation was unsuitable to provide enough extra power for the requirements of the new units. A new substation was therfore installed at the entrance to the site, along with upgrades to all feed cables, a new ring main down to Aerodrome Road was also allowed for in the design to alleviate the power loss