London Office: 020 4566 9616 Contact us

Case studies

Thingley – Christian Malford Resilience Scheme

Professional Services Surveys

Project Value: £140k

Project Commenced: June 2020

Project Completed: November 2020

Client: Network Rail


About the Project

This scheme from Christian Malford to Thingley increases the resilience of the power feed from Thingley ATFS onto the overhead line system which is part of The Greater West (TGW). The scheme comprises two low-level cabled auto-transformer feeders (ATF) and two low-level cabled overhead contact system (OCS) feeders to terminate at new switching structures which will interface with the existing overhead line equipment (OLE). The HV cable element will be approximately 4.2 km along track and comprise of a total of approx. 8.4km of cable containment routes and approx 17.4km of cabling.  


The Challenge 

To design a new low-level HV feeder route between the existing end of electrification at Christian Malford and the feeder station at Thingley Junction. This required interfacing the designed route with existing and proposed infrastructure, including listed structures such as Brunel’s Chippenham Viaduct and through pinch points such as Chippenham station. 


The Solution 

Equate produced a fully integrated 3-D design model considering the requirements of the client, interfacing projects, external stakeholders and coordinated the designs of other disciplines such as electrical design. We managed the NR assurance process including the Interdisciplinary Design Check/Review meetings. Equate also provided the project Contractors Engineering Manager (CEM) and Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE – Design). 

The Deliverables: 

  • Undertake the Civils design for construction, testing and pre-commissioning of new feeder cables and cable containment
  • Undertake all designer responsibilities under Construction (Design and Management) (CDM) Regulations 2015.
  • Design for install of four new feeder cables NR/PS/ELP/00008 25/44kV Graphite Covered MDPE Cables, 25/44kV 400mm2 Cu, XLPE insulated, 83mm2 Cu wire screen. The cables will run from Thingley ATFS substation to the limit of electrification at Christian Malford.
  • UTX, pinch point and through platform duct route designs
  • Designs over listed structures
  • Design for modification, and reuse of existing cable containment routing, where suitable, along with new routing required within the Thingley Junction Substation compound and for the full extent of the proposed HV cable feeder installations.
  • All works associated with the surveys required for the cable route design including managing integration with existing and future assets, i.e. distribution substations, OLE structures, signalling and telecoms equipment; – Civil design works including embankment works to facilitate routing and HV cable route and in accordance with NR/L2/CIV/003– Engineering Assurance of Building and Civil Engineering Works,
  • Design Assurance Deliverables;
    • F001 – Approval in Principle
    • F002 – Statement of Design Intent
    • F003 – Certificate of Design and Check
  • CAD Deliverables
    • Computer Aided Design Drawings Design drawings in accordance with    NR/L2/INI/EDT/CP0091 Specification for Computer Aided Design and in accordance with 118049-INF-PRO-MPM-000028 CAD Manual.
    • Surveys and outputs produced in Snakegrid in line with W&W IMS 866.
    • All Computer Aided Design data integrated within Network Rail’s ProjectWise system in line with GWC91002-NWR-WRK-DCM-000001 – Information Management
    • Geospatially accurate 3D Civil/Structural Design CAD Model Files
    • 2D Civil and Structural Design CAD Drawing Layouts derived as an output of the 3D Civil/Structural Design CAD Model
  • Other deliverables
    • Strategy Development & Approval
    • Survey report & review of Existing Services (inc. buried services)
    • Ground Investigation & Report
    • Cable route Risk Assessment
    • Ground and Structures Investigation Proposals
    • Access strategy document
    • Pinch Point Design Surveys
    • BIM management plan
    • Design Management Plan
    • Ecological Survey