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The winners of our sixth annual Partnership Awards have been announced
Network Rail’s 300-strong army of engineers who worked tirelessly, battling to overcome every obstacle thrown at it by Mother Nature for over two months, to rebuild the railway after the damage caused in Dawlish by the storms of February 2014.
When choosing a winner, it is easy to be attracted by the huge scale of some of the projects and the breadth of capability.
But what is really important for us is safety, a customer focus and the ability to be responsive and collaborative, and that is why we have decided to give the award to Story Contracting, a company that has set high standards and plays to its strengths.
Described as an industry model for a collaborative project, Atkins, Balfour Beatty, Spencer Rail and Medway Council have been working together to deliver a considerable project of works including signalling renewals, platform extensions to accommodate 12 car-trains and even in a new station – all within a limited timescale. Their approach and collaborative working is achieving great results.
East Midlands Trains, Nottingham re-signalling customer information and service excellence.
Signalling Solutions Ltd, National ERTMS programme phase 1.
The Spencer Rail team used its multi-disciplinary expertise to overcome huge challenges, including the worst winter storms in years, to complete the project successfully in the 20-month timeframe.
Judges were particularly impressed by the impeccable planning of this project from start to finish and the complex interfaces with stakeholders.
Costain Hochtief JV, Reading station.
Avoiding closing the station for three months the team, in partnership with Northern Rail, developed a possession schedule that kept the station open and delivered a quality job on budget and months ahead of schedule.
And all the while the team adopted a can do attitude and fully embraced collaborative working requirements. Described by the judges as "exceptional work".
Capgemini UK plc, LINEAR ASSET DECISION SUPPORT (LADS).
Despite myriad difficulties posed by working underground, the team developed innovative processes, products and machinery and successfully delivered a modern infrastructure that promotes comfort for passengers and extends the life-span of the railway.
Judges were particularly impressed by the focus on legacy, building in safety, ease of future work and innovation into each stage.
CrossCountry trains, CrossCountry Integrale Resource Management System.
Capgemini have helped present data in 14 disparate systems in a form that engineers can use. This consolidation of asset information will help Network Rail to make quicker, more informed and cost effective decisions about maintenance.
It will help provide a better understanding of how assets degrade and how effective work is. This will ensure that the right work is carried out, in the right place at the right time.
Dual Inventive, ZKL(RC).
MiPoint (MITIE and Reference Point Ltd), Sentinel Enhancement Programme.
Haymarket station now has a new modern concourse, improved platforms and redeveloped Grade A listed station entrance.
Judges were particularly impressed by the truly collaborative Haymarket station capacity improvement project that has provided a lasting and sustainable legacy for the local community.
Colas Rail / Morgan Sindall joint venture, Energlyn & Churchill Park station.
Spencer Rail, Ipswich Chord.
Carillion played a major role in reducing the cost of the Southampton to Basingstoke W10 gauge clearance project.
They worked tirelessly to make significant efficiencies as a result of prefabrication, early involvement and innovative design solutions.
AMCO Rail, CP4 enhanced spend.
Siemens Rail Automation, Shrewsbury to Crewe modular signalling pilot programme.
The bridge repair is a fine example of how Balfour Beatty has helped to provide a technical solution that has not only saved an original Stephenson bridge, but can also be used on other arches.
This system offers real heritage and financial benefits across the whole railway.
Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, Llandudno transport interchange - station improvements and car park.
The team at ScotRail have clearly invested both time and money into their people development. The judges were impressed with their range of programmes; from apprenticeships to graduate development to accredited structured leadership programmes.
Key achievements included a 127% increase in employee engagement and 3,900% increase in training days. The entry also clearly demonstrated impact and return on investment.
Carillion Rail, Crewe OHL training span.
Emergency Planning College, incident management training framework.
Throughout the Finsbury Park to Alexandra Palace capacity improvement project, the Balfour Beatty Rail team relentlessly championed a strong safety culture, focussing on continuous improvements.
This was an excellent entry, where the organisation clearly made very positive benefits for the safety of workers.
Mission Room Limited, Mission Room - Street View for the railway.
ScotRail, safety cultural change programmes.
From wind turbines and rainwater capture at stations and depots to innovative eco-driving techniques and at-source recycling on trains, ScotRail is reaping the rewards for its long-term commitment to creating a greener railway for Scotland.
Judges were very impressed by the long term commitment across the wide range of measures.
Buckingham Group Contracting Ltd, Ryton distribution centre.
Signalling Solutions Ltd, BASRE project.