Highly Sustainable Project Offices and Welfare Facilities for HS2 Phase One
Costain Skanska JV
4 Weeks on site
John Harrison, Section Lead Construction Manager, SCS JV
“Premier developed the most cost-effective building solutions that met our requirements and budget. Their team has been very flexible, adapting the designs to our changing needs, and with a strong emphasis on customer care.”
HS2 is the new high-speed railway linking up London, the Midlands, the North and Scotland, serving over 25 stations, including eight of Britain’s 10 largest cities, and connecting around 30 million people. The construction of the new railway is split into three phases, with Phase One linking London and the West Midlands.
Project offices and welfare facilities were required by the Skanska Costain STRABAG Joint Venture (SCS JV) for 15 sites along the final 26.4km of HS2 to the southern terminus at London Euston. This forms part of the first phase of HS2.
The SCS JV contract involves the construction of a variety of structures and 21km of the line will be in a tunnel created using six boring machines.
Premier was able to offer building solutions to SCS to suit the wide range of sites, in compliance with Building Regulations Part L and to stringent fire ratings because the facilities will be in use for at least five years.
On each project the Premier teams worked to short programmes and on some highly constrained sites in close proximity to live railway lines. This required liaison with teams at Network Rail and careful logistical planning particularly for the building installation phases.
Premier Modular was awarded the multi-million-pound contracts to provide more than 15,000sqm of buildings made up of over 500 modules configured to SCS’s precise requirements and specification.
The facilities accommodate open plan offices, meeting rooms, break-out spaces, showers, drying rooms, toilets, first aid rooms, and canteens.
Each building was installed complete with lighting, air conditioning, fire and security alarms, toilets, partitions, and doors.
MINIMISING IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
The buildings will be in use for at least five years and have a number of sustainability features to minimise impact on the environment, including:
• Rainwater harvesting to provide water for site operations
• Low energy lighting
• PIR lighting sensors
• Low water consumption showers
• Dual flush toilets
• Effluent tanks to minimise discharge into local drainage