Stannah shines big time at new-look Birmingham New Street
The Stannah Lift Services team has every reason to celebrate its shining performance in The New Street Gateway Project – Network Rail’s £750-million regeneration of Birmingham New Street railway station, the largest and busiest of the city’s three main railway stations and a central hub of the British railway system.
Working in a heavyweight partnership that included main contractor, Mace, Birmingham City Council, Advantage West Midlands, Centro and the Department for Transport, Stannah’s Escalators & Moving Walkways and Major Projects teams joined forces to supply, install and commission 30 escalators and 12 lifts to help boost access for people and goods throughout a rail complex that needed to handle a 315K passenger footfall.
The installations comprised:
7 passenger/goods lifts
1 platform lift (a Phase I temporary measure for Equality Act 2010 access)
2 scenic lifts
2 goods-only lifts
24 Network Rail specification escalators
6 heavy-duty retail escalators to service the shopping centre
The 5-year regeneration was completed in stages around a fully functioning station, and only round-the-clock shift work allowed Stannah to complete by the opening date in October 2015. Their outstanding performance helped transform this much-slated, grey-faced 60s’ monolith in to a light-saturated, architectural masterpiece comprising:
a new concourse, 3.5x larger than its predecessor, with a central, domed, light-amplifying atrium
refurbished platforms accessed by new lifts and escalators
new station façade and new entrances
Grand Central Birmingham Shopping Centre – the refurbished Pallasades
Thanks to Stannah’s impeccable track record, not only with the lift and escalator installations but also with the mountain of paperwork that forms the backbone of such projects, Mace confidently handed over 11 new lift installations which were destined for other providers, showing the confidence and trust that they had in Stannah.
“The project was something of a moving target”, says David Saunders, EMW Department Manager at Stannah Lift Services. “Because of the building’s age and constraints, coupled with the scale of the project, adaptability of both product and team was required throughout the 5 years. There was also a need for accurate attention to detail throughout all supporting processes, with Health and Safety being at the forefront at all times.
“Our agile performance won the main contractor’s confidence which allowed us to take on additional project responsibilities where trust in other contractors was lost. By allocating a dedicated full-time site administrator, we ensured that these additional work packages kept to the overall project schedule, to finish on time and on budget, to the delight of Mace and Network Rail.”