Creating two linked cabins for a Network Rail Signal Box to be used as a Simulator Training Unit in Cambridge was a straightforward project for the skilled Portable Space team – however, a site visit revealed some delivery and installation challenges.
Railscape provides the rail industry with a range of services – from arboriculture to fencing – and over the years has ordered a number of Jackleg Cabins to be used in various locations. Jackleg Cabins are timber-framed and plastisol-clad, with steel external support legs to allow for levelling on uneven surfaces.
Danny Napier, Senior Modular Projects Manager said: “We agreed with the client that the most cost-effective way to achieve the space needed was to link two single wide cabins together. Production went well but when we conducted a site visit, it quickly become apparent that the units were not going to fit through the access gate. Not only was the location restricted around a populated area, it was also adjacent to Student Accommodation.
“Thankfully our in-depth experience of accessing sites enabled us to devise an alternative way to put the units in place. With the assistance of expert hauliers and crane operators, together with Simon Cousins our Appointed Person, an evening delivery was arranged with an 11.00pm lift. Everything went perfectly to plan and the units were delivered, off-loaded and positioned within just four hours.”
Post-delivery, final linking, snagging and step installation was arranged which coincided with COVID-19 lockdown and so the final handover was completed in July 2020 with a very positive outcome.
Danny concluded: “Railscape’s team always has a flexible attitude to any challenges that emerge and our team worked closely with them to deliver a successful project with which they are delighted.”