Towards the end of last year, Keltbray and Twinfix successfully completed the renewal of Bognor Regis roof lantern glazing with a 6mm polycarbonate multilink system designed by Twinfix, with additional works of the refurbishment of the Bognor Regis station canopy. This work was done on a listed building and required Keltbray to remove the existing Georgian wired glazing on the fragile roof. The main works started in March 2019 with inspections, surveys and sample testing of the existing components with the core works commencing early June 2019.
The original scope with additional variations took 8 weeks to complete and was finished by mid-November 2019. The project was managed by Keltbray Rail’s Project Manager, Dave Parker, who overlooked the project including gaining access to the station limits and liaising with all parties involved, completing all required paperwork, and updating the client with progress and timescales. A Keltbray site supervisor was present during all the works, monitoring and ensuring all tasks were undertaken safely.
The original purpose for the work was to help Network Rail find an alternative solution to replacing the five lanterns of glazing without the use of scaffolding, to reduce disruption to the general public within the station limits. Keltbray came up with a safe system to undertake the works using cherry pickers and scissor lift machinery, whilst preventing the station from being exposed to the elements. Once all the glazing was installed Keltbray was asked if we could refurbish all the wooden panelling within the five lanterns. This was delivered successfully using a Network Rail specification paint system with a ten-year life guarantee. Additional glazing and painting were also completed at the front of the station using the same methods.
Keltbray Rail Engineering & Civils Project Manager Dave Parker says, “This was a new and exciting project with difficult access issues untried or tested by either party which had its difficulties, but with good collaboration with all parties involved, these challenges were overcome and the project was completed to a very high standard with no accidents or incidents”.
Graham Richards, Network Rail Senior Asset Manager on the South East Route, says, “The photos look great and I am impressed by the way you and your staff have approached this work, it is good to see how this type of work can be delivered efficiently without compromising on safety. The TOC (GTR) has also commented on the professional manner in which this work was delivered. Going forward we will look at future works with Keltbray in mind.”