Mace brought in to project manage Brent Cross West Station project
Mace, the international consultancy and construction company, has been selected to provide project management services for the Brent Cross West Station development in North London.
The project – being brought forward by Barnet Council – is part of ambitious urban regeneration plans for the wider Brent Cross area. It involves the construction of a new rail station that will be linked to the nearby Brent Cross South scheme and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2022.
The news comes hot on the heels of another Mace win in the rail sector, after the firm secured the Programme Support Office partner role on the £39bn Northern Powerhouse Rail scheme in June.
At Brent Cross West, Mace has been brought in to manage a broad scope of activities associated with the station’s development, including: the relocation of existing rail operations offices and welfare facilities; the realignment of existing railway and creation of railway sidings; and the construction of the new five-platform railway station at Brent Cross West. As project manager for the scheme, Mace will also be responsible for overseeing all planning, integration and construction; implementing of a programme controls function; securing and issuing all notices and approvals; assurance of contractor performance; and commercial and contract management.
A team of 30 Mace people will deliver the services, working hand-in-hand with Barnet Council and other key partners, including the main contractor leading on the station’s construction, VolkerFitzpatrick.
In addition, Mace will be responsible for developing a collaborative working relationship with Network Rail to ensure coordination of different workstreams.
Mace’s existing presence in the area – providing engineering, project management, design management, operational specialist and programme management office (PMO) services on the Network Rail elements of the redevelopment – has helped to support this collaborative approach from the outset.
Councillor Daniel Thomas, Leader of Barnet Council, said: “We are pleased to be working with Mace to project manage the station programme through to completion in 2022 when the new Brent Cross West Station will connect both new and existing communities to the heart of London in under 15 minutes.”
Jason Millett, Mace’s CEO for Consultancy, said: “With the Prime Minister calling for infrastructure to form the backbone of the UK’s economic recovery, flagship schemes like the new Brent Cross West Station are critical to proving our industry is able to deliver.
“Securing this role enhances Mace’s reputation as a leading consultant in the rail sector, adding to a portfolio that includes the new HS2 Euston Station, and marks another important win in our efforts to step up and meet the government’s requests.”
Sean Gray, Mace’s Director of Transportation, said: “This win is a clear signal of our intent in the rail sector. I’m delighted to be working with Barnet Council on this exciting scheme, which is crucial to unlocking wider development opportunities and providing a quick and reliable rail service into and out of Central London.
“In the context of Project Speed, the team and I are particularly looking forward to bringing our knowledge and experience from other major station developments to help drive efficiencies across the project’s timeline.”
For more information about the new Brent Cross West Station visit TransformingBX.co.uk
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