BakerHicks appointed to Network Rail Design Services Framework
BakerHicks, the multi-disciplinary design and engineering company, have been appointed to Network Rail’s Design Services Framework for Control Period 6 (CP6) to provide track, electrification and plant, and geotechnical services.
The Design Services Framework covers design, technical and engineering consultancy services for upgrade and maintenance projects up to £640m in value for all categories of railway assets across Network Rail’s estate. It will cover the full duration of CP6 (2019 to 2024) and consists of four national multi-discipline Lots and 40 regional single discipline Lots.
BakerHicks have been appointed to three regional Lots: the first (Lot 40) to provide track assessment and design services in the South West; the second (Lot 24) for electrification and plant – contact systems, including ETE, OLE and third rail design, in the North East; and the third (Lot 17) to provide geotechnical investigation, assessments and design, including drainage, earthworks and contamination services, in the North West and Scotland.
Network Rail own, operate and develop Britain’s railway infrastructure, which encompasses 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts, and thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. The Design Services Framework is part of their commitment to deliver safe and reliable railways through the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan. The framework supports a desire to create a safer, more sustainable, better performing and more efficient railway infrastructure through embracing innovation and working closely with supply chain members to encourage collaborative working practices.
James Howles, rail director at BakerHicks, says:
“We have a long and successful track record in the rail industry, working on major infrastructure projects such as the Acton Depot train maintenance unit and the design of the new station at Stanford Le Hope in Essex, and it’s great to see this recognised through our appointment to the Design Services Framework.
“The goals of the framework are closely aligned to our own values as a design organisation and I look forward to working with Network Rail to help develop safe and reliable railways for the ever increasing number of passengers choosing to travel by rail.”
BakerHicks are also currently on Network Rail’s London North Western (LNW) Route Framework and their Design and Monitoring Framework for the Wales Route, as well as the Go-Ahead Group Engineering Framework.