Posted: 10 April 2019

Following a successful competitive tendering exercise under OJEU, TSS was appointed to the Framework in April 2014 to provide Project Management, Quantity Surveying (QS), CDM coordination (CDMC) and site management / Clerk of Works services across the Merseyrail network.

TSS work with an integrated project team providing liaison with key stakeholders both internal and external, including Network Rail, Merseytravel and the project designers, the development of detailed project scopes to set budgets was assured. A key aspect to our approach with Merseyrail is the collaborative nature in which we work. We hold regular formal and informal face to face meetings with the contract stakeholders, consolidated with formal review processes, and governance reporting at key stages of all projects. At the outset of being appointed, we took the decision to co-locate with Merseyrail, enabling close collaboration and cohesive team working.

James Street Station was built in 1898 and forms part of the Wirral Line of the Merseyrail network, it sits beneath the Grade II listed India Buildings and together with Hamilton Square underground station in Birkenhead, are the oldest deep level underground stations in the world.

The project work was to refurbish three areas of the station that were dilapidated and underused. The project brief was to restore with ‘a heritage theme’ with key features retained but lovingly restored with a modern twist using architectural feature lighting enhancing its period features whilst also resolving some historic issues in the pedestrian subway tunnel in relation to ingress of water due to the proximity of the River Mersey.

The completed works at James Street were nominated as an outstanding project at the RICS Awards 2016, Rail Business Awards 2016, National Transport Awards 2016 and while beaten off by stiff competition from Manchester Victoria, Birmingham New St and London Underground, the project won the Award for Urban Heritage at National Railway Heritage Awards on the 7th December 2016.

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