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Service | Hewson's rail offer

Luton dart

Hewson Consulting is well known for its award-winning bridges. Less well know is the firm’s strength in railway stations and underground structures.

Using its well-honed problem solving and collaborative skills Hewson has successfully delivered some creative engineering solutions to a number of these complex projects in the UK and overseas.

In 2010 the firm worked alongside Hong Kong’s MTR Corporation to develop preliminary and detailed designs for the most complex sections of Hung Hom Station on the Shatin-Central Line project.

This required construction of a new underground station beneath an existing piled building podium.  The Hewson team value engineered the permanent works to facilitate underpinning of the podium by adopting top-down construction techniques.  

Since late 2013 the firm has been working with Obayashi in Indonesia on Jakarta’s first metro line, designing four elevated stations that span existing at-grade highways. This project is complicated by the earthquake-resistant design requirements but Hewson has still managed to deliver simple buildable stations.

More recently the firm assisted Balfour Beatty on the ICE Saltire Award-winning Edinburgh Gateway Station, part of Network Rail’s EGIP programme. It value-engineered the design of an underpass below the busy A8 road into Edinburgh and delivered a further £2.5M of construction savings by incorporating an existing anchored retaining wall into the permanent works through an innovative and sustainable alternative design.

At present the firm is working hard to deliver two station designs for Luton Direct Air Rail Transit (pictured), a new, high-capacity automated people mover running connecting the existing Luton Parkway station to the terminal building at the airport.

The new Parkway station is an above ground interchange while the one at the terminal is in a 200m-long underground box. This project is expected to be operational in 2021.

Paul Perry, Hewson’s recently appointed specialist associate

director in underground structures is excited about what Hewson has to offer in this market.  

“We’ve got a fantastic team of engineers here who are equally adept at the design of stations and underground structures as they are at bridges.  What we do well is listen to our clients and then think creatively about how to shape designs to their requirements and the needs of the project. One size doesn’t fit all in this game,” he enthuses.

“Not only do we have the technical skills but we’ve now got a great portfolio of projects behind us that demonstrates that we really can deliver.

“There’s going to be huge demand for these skills over the next five years and I’m convinced that Hewson can play a key role in delivering this type of transportation project.”

Produced in partnership with Hewson Consulting

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