Costain, Reading Station

Billed as the biggest build project outside of the London 2012 Olympics, we are thrilled to be working with Costain on this ‘monumental piece of work’. The refurbishment of the station is a £100 million project that involves the construction and upgrading of 7 platforms and the replacement of the old station bridge with the construction of a transfer desk which links the station concourses as well as full refurbishment of the Western Gateline and Northern Entrance buildings.

Metric have been involved with the office planning and design, the control room and services areas, the platform dispatch rooms, locker rooms, the supply and installation of blinds and we will be completing the processes required for all of the internal moving of staff.

To date this project has involved FF&E to the ground and first floor of the Northern Entrance building. So far Metric has supplied office furniture, cable and wire management and storage solutions, and completed a bespoke design for the station control room design, including installation, and incorporating a media wall. Metric has also fitted out the platform offices and first aid points, ticket offices and transfer decks and this work has included the removal and disposal of all existing furniture.

Each phase of the project has had to be meticulously planned to cause minimal disruption to passengers using the station. In support of this, much of the work already undertaken by Metric has been completed out of hours with our staff working through the night and over bank holidays (Easter). We were proud to be part of a team of 2,000 contractors who optimised the quieter travel period over Easter and reduced rail services to help bring forward the completion of the project.

To date, all of Metric’s work on this project has been delivered on-time and on budget.