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150 years of commitment to performance
02/03/2009 | Channel:
Contracts, Station Development, Infrastructure
John Sisk & Son offers expertise in a range of sectors including industrial, commercial property, retail,
rail and civil engineering
Celebrating its 150-year birthday in 2009, John Sisk & Son Limited, a leading private construction firm, is part of the Sisk Group of construction companies founded in Ireland in 1859 and remains a family-owned business. Sisk, which has developed steadily throughout its 150-year history, is a contractor serving customers throughout the UK and Ireland. UK turnover is £250 million and the group turnover is in excess of £1.3 billion. Sisk has a strong commitment to performance, quality, teamwork and ‘hands-on’ management, which ensures client satisfaction.
Sisk’s experience in the rail sector ranges from successfully completed high-profile signature design transport interchange buildings to property works services at less than £1000. Their client list includes Network Rail and numerous train operating companies.
The company is a patron of Link-up v2 and holds a full Principal Contractor Licence. Geographically, Sisk has the capability to deliver schemes throughout the Network and has strategically based offices in London, Birmingham, Manchester, Reading and its Rail Division’s head office in Bristol.
Currently, Sisk Rail is undertaking works on a variety of disciplines that include both frameworks and competitively tendered works. An example of works being undertaken presently include building fabric frameworks, mechanical and electrical frameworks, litter picking, bridge refurbishments, provision of First Class lounges, station refurbishments, platform extensions and multi-storey car parks.
The secret to the success of the company is its ability to utilise the vast array of resources within the group, from their in-house mechanical and electrical engineers to their management teams on contracts such as the new Lansdowne Road stadium in Dublin.
Parkwest & Cherry Orchard station
Contract value: 9 million euro
Client: Airscape Ltd.
Parkwest & Cherry Orchard station & plaza forms part of the Kildare Route Project (KRP). Located within Park West Business Park on the Dublin – Cork rail line, the project was developed as a joint venture between Harcourt Developments, Dublin City Council and Iarnród Éireann.
The project consisted of the construction of platforms, the main station building and concourse and a plaza. The concourse, measuring 500sq m, is constructed in structural steel, spanning both the existing Dublin – Cork rail line and the proposed future (KRP) tracks between the main stair cores, which are constructed in reinforced concrete. The steel structure was assembled offline and installed during two-track possessions using a 500-tonne mobile crane. The concourse is located approximately 5m above the existing track levels. The concourse roof canopy features a spaceframe structure, providing the most visually striking feature of the station. The spaceframe roof was fully assembled offline and installed during a single-track possession using a 500-tonne mobile crane. The concourse incorporates ticketing and retail facilities, automated ticket vending machines and ticket validation barriers.
The 2000sq m plaza connects the concourse to the existing Parkwest Avenue overbridge, spanning the existing and future tracks. This structure is constructed of a combination if in situ reinforced concrete and precast concrete elements, which support a reinforced concrete slab and structural screed. The plaza is finished in granite paving with recessed and above-ground lighting. The plaza is designed for traffic loading although it is not envisaged that this will be a feature of its use.
Finally, two 200m-long platforms located north and south of the existing Dublin – Cork rail line were constructed using a combination of strictly controlled daytime procedures and a number of track possessions. The platforms are finished with concrete paviors and are fitted with platform furniture, stop shelters and electronic public information displays.
Sisk commenced construction on the project on 25th June, 2007 and the station became operational on 28th July, 2008.
Sisk Rail awarded refurbishment works at Newbury Railway Station
Contract value: £500k
Client: First Great Western Trains
Architect: Oxford Architects
Sisk Rail has recently completed works on behalf of First Great Western to update and refurbish Newbury Station. The works involved providing new facilities and updating existing areas on each of the two station buildings, which are located on each platform.
The works comprised new waiting facilities, male & female toilets; new disabled and baby change facilities; a new ticket hall, ticket counters, staff/ticket office and station manager office/mess facilities on Platform 2; and new station facilities within an old disused station building. These new facilities included new waiting room, male & female toilets and disabled and baby change facilities on Platform 1. The works involved making structural alterations to the existing buildings, comprising the removal of chimney stacks and walls with the installation of structural steelwork.
Throughout the contract the station remained in operation, with detailed phasing of the works being undertaken to minimise disruption to the travelling public.
N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown Road Improvement Scheme: Construction of 1 New Road Underbridge over Irish Rail Railway Lines
Contract value: 2 million euro
Client: South Tipperary CC
Sisk successfully constructed a new rail overbridge (road underbridge) over the main Limerick – Waterford Rail Line in 2006 as part of the N8 Cashel to Mitchelstown Road Improvement Scheme. The structure was constructed of precast concrete arch units with reinforced earth retaining walls.
The structure was constructed on poor ground, which required the use of large diameter piles to support the arch units. The use of the bored piles removed the need for any temporary works with the rail track support zone. Constant monitoring of the track was undertaken and there was no movement in the track. The structure was completed in nine months, which was ahead of programme.
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Tel: 01179 163 800
Web: www.sisk.co.uk and www.sisk150.com