The brief for this project was to carry out the interior upgrade and refurbishment of the existing steel portal framed shed and single storey extension to provide a Maintenance Delivery Unit (MDU) for Network Rail to accommodate railtrack site staff with administration support staff.
Network Rail sought to create a contemporary workspace solution, sustainably mixing a contemporary office with a tough, robust, work yard environment. The notion of creating one place, to house two contrasting workspaces that were traditionally kept apart was initially a challenge.
The feel of the place is great. I took a walk round the other day just observing. There was a mix of people working at their desk, having coffee in the breakout areas and having meetings in the informal meeting areas. It was great to see. Colin Wilson, Maintenance Delivery Manager – Network Rail
Early engagement via a design & build procurement route ensured Morris & Spottiswood fitout and m&e services divisions worked with the Network Rail Design Team and KJ Tait appointed services engineers to ensure the creative design was made a reality.
Undertaken over a 17 week period, the project incorporated a wide range of innovate design and construction techniques aimed at delivering a high quality refurbishment to BREEAM standards.
The new Offices were also awarded the Regional Committee Chair Award for Innovation at the Regional BCO Awards 2017 which reflects the success of this vibrant sustainable workplace.
The project adopted a sustainable solution by using shipping containers to form meeting rooms, kitchenette units and stair core. This resulted in a sustainable lower cost and quick installation alternative for the project, in comparison with alternative construction methods. All materials were considered from whole life costing and sustainable aspects. Waste was meticulously managed from site for its potential to be recycled; even the redundant waste container frames was adapted into cycle shelters!
Edinburgh MDU sets a new initiative for Network Rail as it has never been attempted within the business before. Not only is it the first of its type, it is also an excellent example of a workplace that reinstates a previously lost sense of pride and honour back into the workforce. It has set a bench mark for all further MDUs within Network Rail and this seeks to have a ‘domino effect’ on all further developments for the business.