Second Bombardier contract award endorses Gleeds’ expansion into rail

Gleeds, the international management and construction consultancy, has been hired by Bombardier to project and cost manage the development of a new test and validation workshop at its rolling stock manufacturing site in Derby. The purpose-built workshop will be used for the testing of the new, latest technology trains that Bombardier will deliver for Crossrail in London.

The project involves the clearance of existing structures on the Derby site and construction of a new building that will house assembly and assurance lines. The workshop represents a major investment by Bombardier and illustrates how strategic investment in infrastructure projects, such as Crossrail, often benefit regional economies further afield.

The award is the second Gleeds has secured with Bombardier this year following its appointment on the redevelopment of London’s Old Oak Common Depot in March.

It also coincides with the consultancy’s formal appointment of Director, Martin Smalley, to oversee its rail infrastructure services. For the last 16 years Martin has run Gleeds’ cost management service in the South West and played an integral role in expanding the organisation’s overseas operations. Following the establishment of an office in Western Australia he oversaw the successful completion of a large infrastructure scheme in Queensland and a rail and port project in West Africa.

Richard Steer, Gleeds Chairman, said: “As capital is released for infrastructure improvements there is a greater emphasis on ensuring that the right level of investment is made at the front end, lowering long term maintenance costs and thereby improving end user experience.” He went on to add.

“We have always worked with our clients to drive value and efficiency, which is why we are responding by investing in specialist rail expertise and developing collaborative relationships with prestigious clients like Bombardier.”