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New Cross Gate Feasibility Study – Drainage Surveys

Professional Services Surveys

Project Value: £28k

Project Commenced: Jan 2021

Project Completed: May 2021

Client: Network Rail


About the Project

The New Cross Gate Site Office was built approx. 10 years ago and while not life expired, the original teams occupying the building (Thameslink & Hither Green Teams) no longer require the building. There was a requirement for Network Rail’s own S&T and VARS Teams to have their own office space and mess facilities, but the existing building and its facilities were not deemed suitable for their requirements.  

Network Rail requested that Equate Design survey the existing building and surrounding infrastructure and undertake a Feasibility Study and develop it through to confirmation of a single option, looking at options for the internal layout so the S&T and the VARS Teams could have their own independent office space and facilities, as well as looking at looking at the external layout to ensure the required storage and parking was available to those teams. Equate Design was asked to identify opportunities for efficiencies within this work, such as elements that can be reused, or refurbished. 


The Challenge 

There were two main challenges to consider with these works:  

  1. The more cost effective solution was to not alter the building, but manage to fit all the client requirements within the remit into the existing building
  2. As the building is still occupied, Equate Design had to provide a solution that would cause minimal disruption to the Network Rail Teams currently using the building

The Solution 

Through working closely with the Network Rail Team and other internal stakeholders, Equate Design assisted with reviewing the initial requirements and worked with Network Rail to arrive at a more comprehensive set of requirements which would enable to the Feasibility Study to be undertaken in a more efficient manner. Equate Design managed to overcome the challenges through clever use of spatial planning and use of office furniture and managed to fully overhaul the full internal and external layouts, while causing minimal disruption to the teams currently occupying the building.

The Deliverables: 

  • Production of a measured survey of the internal and external layouts 
  • Full Drainage Survey, with CCTV Survey of the drainage network in and around the existing building and car park  
  • Condition Survey of the current building 
  • Structural Survey of the current building 
  • Utilities Survey of the current building and surrounding infrastructure  
  • Topographical Survey of the current building and surrounding infrastructure