The project involved the upgrade and refurbishment of an existing steel portal framed shed and single storey extension to provide a Maintenance Delivery Unit (MDU) for Network Rail. The first of its type, the Edinburgh MDU has helped to reinstate a previously lost sense of pride in the workforce and has set a bench mark for all further MDUs within Network Rail.
The brief was to create a contemporary workspace solution alongside a tough, robust, work yard environment. The notion of creating one place, to house two contrasting workspaces was initially a challenge, but was resolved through creative design.
The project adopted a sustainable solution by using shipping containers to form meeting rooms, kitchenette units and stair core. This reduced the project’s costs and environmental impact. Waste recycling was prioritised; even the redundant waste container frames was adapted into cycle shelters.
Early engagement via a Design & Build procurement route ensured our fitout and M&E divisions worked effectively with the Network Rail Design Team and the appointed engineers, KJ Tait.
The project incorporated a wide range of innovate design and construction techniques which ensured that the refurbishment was delivered to BREEAM standards.