Landore depot project takes shape

J. Murphy & Sons Limited is underway with a £3 million project in Swansea as part of its Operational Property Framework Agreement with Network Rail – a four year £100 million Design and Build contract which sees the two companies partnering to successfully deliver a range of large and small station, depot and infrastructure  projects across the UK. 

 Murphy is focusing its renewals work at Swansea Landore Maintenance Depot to completely re-roof the 48,000 sq ft shed using Kingspan Composite Roof Panels with integral hi-bay lighting and ventilation.  The depot is a busy location for the servicing of First Great Western’s fleet of inter-city high speed trains, including Class 08 locomotives. In order to keep disruption to a minimum and to ensure the depot can run at full capacity throughout, the majority of the installation works will be carried out above a scaffold crash deck, to be fixed within the shed above the gantry crane beams.  

 This type of work is directly within the remit of the OPFA contract, which was awarded in January 2008, as works generally fall into the category of renewals, including stations, light maintenance depots and other operational line-side buildings such as signal boxes and freight facilities.  

 Mechanical and electrical works, such as escalators and fire alarms plus CCTV, public address, CIS and security lighting, are also covered within the framework.  

 Sean Blackmore, Murphy’s Framework Manager, said: “The roof is in poor condition having been previously damaged by high winds in December 2004. The renewal replacement requires extensive access scaffolding and a temporary ventilation extract system.” 

 He continues: “Accordingly renewal work is required in order to prevent functionality loss. Renewal of the ventilation system is also necessary to protect operatives who work in an environment containing high concentrations of diesel fumes. A new gantry crane is also to be installed for ongoing train maintenance.”

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