Network Rail Control Centre
Following successful completion of the National Centre, Network Rail’s new head office in Milton Keynes, GMW Architects recommended Planet Partitioning to BAM contractors, for providing an internal partitioning package for a new 13,600 sqm operating centre in Basingstoke. This building would be Network Rail’s control centre for all Cross Rail’s signalling throughout the South West.
Planet Partitioning then set about designing and installing a range of fire and non-fire-rated partitioning screens for the project.
The new operating centre is on two floors. On the ground floor, trains can actually pass into the building for testing and hands-on training.
Working with GMW architects and BAM Construction, Planet Partitioning devised a highly effective partitioning strategy. Where trains pull directly into the building, Planet Partitioning used FireStop single-glazed fire-rated partitioning and FireClear and FireStop doorsets throughout the rest of the building to comply with fire safety requirements.
p100 double glazed partitioning system features throughout offices and meeting rooms, to ensure excellent levels of acoustic performance, with several meeting rooms also created with p20 single glazed demountable partitioning. For meeting rooms and offices that required additional privacy, Planet installed integrated venetian blinds. A striking coloured manifestation film in the meeting rooms and offices provided visual contrast.
Planet Partitioning is recognised as a Tier 1 supplier to BAM, for whom project installation time was significantly reduced by prefabricating fire-rated glazed screens offsite.
The new Network Rail building includes state-of-the-art technology to allow operators to monitor tracks in the region, as well as indoor and outdoor track and welding facilities for training purposes.
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