Jobs in Manchester due to Morgan Sindall £15.9m Network Rail contract

Multi-million bid for rail command centre given the go-ahead

Morgan Sindall has won a £15.9 million contract to construct Network Rail’s Operating Centre in Manchester which will create new jobs and boost the trades.

The development will see around 110 people working on site at the peak of construction, including a number of specialist contractors.

The Operating Centre in Gorton, Southeast Manchester, will provide a base from which all of Network Rail’s operations in the region will be run and will accommodate its personnel and control equipment.

The three-storey, steel-framed building is designed to achieve a BREEAM Very Good rating and is due to be completed by December 2013.

The building is a composite structure and includes a variety of specialist design and construction methods and techniques. These include the use of laminated, strengthened glass panels and curtain wall cladding.

A key feature of the building will be its attractive and sustainable ‘green roof’, which will be planted with sedum vegetation to absorb rainwater and provide insulation. The building is also highly insulated to avoid energy wastage.

James Morgan, area director at Morgan Sindall, said: “We are delighted to have won this significant contract which is a testament to the combined expertise of our Rail and Construction teams.

“Our collaborative and full Building Information Modelling (BIM) level two approach will deliver a bespoke solution to Network Rail and provide them with a state-of-the-art home for many years to come.”