Birmingham New Street
CHP was instructed by Mace to assist in the negotiation and settlement of final accounts and claims for the main civil engineering work packages for the £750m Birmingham New Street Station Redevelopment project. The scope included a new station concourse, which is five times the size of the original station and features a striking triple height atrium topped with a glazed roof. The works were subject to various programme constraints owing to the maintaining of train operations and, above all, passenger safety.
These requirements affected the progress of work, particularly when scheduled track possessions were subject to change for operational reasons, resulting in several potential issues with the contractors concerned. CHP, with its experience in multi-package major projects, provided valuable support to the Mace/Network Rail management team in helping to resolve negotiations with contractors and recommending settlement sums in respect of final accounts.
CHP’s excellent service was a contributory factor in the success of the project and their practical commercial advice helped to guide the project team through some difficult issues.
The team faced daunting challenges due to the complexity of re-building a station located in the city centre with trains arriving or departing every 37 seconds, as well as issues such as the crumbling Victorian construction of the original station and the overriding necessity of maintaining train and passenger safety. CHP worked closely with Network Rail and Mace to overcome the impact of programme changes and many other challenges which created commercial pressures for the contractors concerned.