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Contract awarded for £20m Paddington Station refurbishment

A Colas Rail and Morgan Sindall joint venture (JV) has been awarded a £20m project from Network Rail to refurbish roof spans one to three at Paddington Station.

Work on the project, which is expected to start at the end of July, will include steelwork strengthening and repairs to the original wrought iron structure and decorative scrolls.

Additionally, the lighting system will be upgraded and the polycarbonate roof lights replaced.

Spans one to three were built by Isambard Kingdom Brunel and are listed by English Heritage as a Grade 1 structure. It is hoped that the refurbishment of the spans will improve the internal appearance and environment of the station and extend the service life of the roof.

Neil Barnes, rail director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed to the next phase of refurbishment at Paddington Station.

“Our team has a wealth of specialist rail experience and will carry out the work from a suspended scaffold above the live railway platforms to ensure the day to day running of the station can continue with minimal disruption.”

The contract award follows on from Morgan Sindall’s successful completion of Paddington Station’s Span 4, which was finished in September 2011.

During the new project, the joint venture will work collaboratively with Network Rail under BS 11000 to deliver the scheme by January 2016.

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Nonsuchmike   12/07/2014 at 14:01

Much as I applaud this necessary and important refurbishment to a major rail terminal, this sort of announcement should draw little attention as it is routine; more like re-arranging the deckchairs @ Benidorm beach whilst the Hotels remain half finished! What steps are being taken by the TOCs to improve the frequency of services out of Paddington? We hear precious little about THAT. And you may argue that this is the raison d'etre of a famous old terminal: to be efficient enough to turn around the trains that the passengers want and need, but not have them packed in uncomfortable, sometimes archaic, rollingstock like Norway sild. Yet charge them a king's ransom for the privilege of buying a season ticket for that very affront!

Kent Railman   24/12/2014 at 16:38

I'm surprised it needs refurbishing again, only 20 years after it was last done - as reported in But it certainly needs cleaning, after exposure to 20 years of diesel fumes.

Charlie Brown   18/02/2016 at 09:13

At first, I didn't think the station needed refurbishing, but now the roof renovation is complete, I can see why they invested £20m! In my opinion, it has really modernized the station and made it so much brighter, full of natural daylight :)

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