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Cross Engineering brightens up Liverpool Lime Street

Cross Services Engineering Limited has played a central role in lighting up Liverpool’s famous Lime Street station. The multi discipline engineering company carried out a series of electrical and mechanical engineering projects during the £35 million refurbishment of the station and its surrounding area.

With Liverpool gaining European City of Culture status in 2008, an extensive project was undertaken to improve the appearance of the historic station. The Lime Street Gateway project saw the station receive a number of improvements to the structure, including a new glass facade and public plaza. During the initial stages of the project, main contractors The Murphy Group turned to St Helen’s based CSEL to help solve an unusual, but important problem, before contracting it to deliver an upgraded electrical and lighting infrastructure throughout the station.

Due to the age of the station building, and the amount of upgrades and additions the electrical system had received over many years, no accurate blueprints of the station’s electrical infrastructure were available. With vast experience in electrical engineering, CSEL performed an extensive ‘enabling survey’ of the stations electrical system before any electrical work could commence.

This achieved, CSEL began upgrading the electrical infrastructure, re-wiring sections of the system and re-diverting the mains supply to provide greater electrical capacity throughout the station. This allowed it to install a range of improved electrical features to the station including, a larger, more powerful lighting system designed to increase the brightness of the station’s platforms, waiting areas, and concourses.

With an increased power supply, CSEL could also provide an improved PA system, network of information screens on the platforms and a more sophisticated CCTV system, all designed to enhance the experience of passengers travelling through the station.

For another phase of the development, CSEL was required to deliver electrical engineering services during the building of a new car park. When a number of buildings were demolished to make way for construction, it isolated the electrical supply from the flattened buildings, and re-distributed the supply back to the surrounding buildings once construction began. During the construction of the car park, Murphy Group appointed CSEL to install the electrical system, including a new distribution board used to light the large car park and power the security systems on the site.

Steve Williams, CSEL’s project manager during the project, said: “With our wide experience of involvement in many electrical engineering projects across the commercial and industrial sector, we were pleased to participate in such a prestigious development, which will benefit the city of Liverpool.

“Not only have we unravelled and mapped out an ancient electrical system, identifying areas for improvement, we have also delivered an electrical network which can support the station’s infrastructure for many years to come, and have provided the foundation for further modernisation in the future.”

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