Major landmark in the Kenilworth Station construction

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For immediate release: 25 July 2017

 

Major landmark in the Kenilworth Station construction
Dear Kenilworth Chamber Of Trade,

 

Kenilworth Station, which is due to open later in the year, has taken some huge steps towards completion recently.

Earlier this month a major milestone in the construction of the new Kenilworth Station took place when the new footbridge and lift shafts were installed over a number of night shifts.

Works commenced during a track closure overnight earlier in the month when both staircases, bridge supports and bridge deck were installed as part of the main structure across the track.

A 500tonne mobile crane unit was used to allow the contractor, GRAHAM Construction to manipulate and place the structure accurately within the confines of the platform footprint.

Over the next three nights, pre-cast concrete sections, making up the lift shafts construction, were installed in a pre-arranged sequence.  During installation, an internal scaffold was also installed to allow engineers to secure each section as it was being installed before finally being topped off with steel framed canopies overnight.

The completion of this work marks a major success in the Kenilworth Station project.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, Warwickshire’s portfolio holder for the environment, said:  “Excitement is growing in Kenilworth as we are now seeing visible signs of the station after months of preparatory work.  Having the bridge in is a real landmark and a visible sign that the station is on its way.”

Care for the local area has been foremost among concerns with great care taken to keep any disruption to a minimum.

The construction firm responsible for undertaking the building work has been awarded a “Considerate Constructors” award. GRAHAM Construction gained the award in recognition for its efforts across five criteria:

  • Care about appearance
  • Respect for the community
  • Protect the environment
  • Secure everyone’s safety
  • Value their workforce

A particular success was engaging 1,500 local school children from nine Kenilworth schools in a project to design posters showing what the station will mean to the youngsters, and to Kenilworth. As a result, 350 posters are now featured on the station’s hoardings. The site also implements good environmental processes – a particular highlight being the site’s recycling record with 99.8% of its waste recycled.

The Considerate Constructors Scheme is a non-profit-making, independent organisation founded by the construction industry to recognise companies that have demonstrated the highest level of consideration in respect of the community, environment and workforce.

Cllr Jeff Clarke added:  “With a scheme the size of Kenilworth Rail Station, there is inevitably going to be some disruption for the local community.  I am pleased that GRAHAM Construction have taken their responsibility to the community very seriously and that they have matched the county council’s determination that the community is involved and informed throughout the process of construction.”

Jonathan Browning, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said this was a significant step towards the opening of Kenilworth Station.

He said: “The development of a new station in Kenilworth is eagerly anticipated and it is great to see these works taking place.

“The Local Growth Fund was set-up to give LEPs the opportunity to progress transport schemes which will improve connections with other towns and cities and tackle congestion on the area’s roads as well as improve economic activity.

“There is no doubt the opening of Kenilworth Station will be a major plus in Coventry and Warwickshire and the Local Growth Fund has helped make this possible.”

The Kenilworth Station project is being funded by the Department for Transport (DfT), Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Warwickshire County Council. It is part of a major rail enhancement scheme designed to encourage economic regeneration between Nuneaton and Leamington Spa.

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Photographs show various stages of installation

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