London UK, March 9th, 2017 – SPIE UK has been awarded a £750K contract under the current 4-year framework for Merseytravel to upgrade the George's Dock Ventilation and Control Station in Liverpool.
Taking place over six months, the scheme encompasses the delivery of the design, supply and installation of 7 new high voltage transformers; the design at the Grade II listed building is currently under way and installation works are about to commence.
On-site, SPIE have the full turnkey responsibility to deliver the replacement of 7 HV VCBs (Vacuum Circuit Breakers) switchgear, HV, LV and associated control cables including those linking Scottish Power’s and Merseytravel’s HV switches. Whilst maintaining continuity of service, SPIE also have responsibility for the removal and safe disposal of the redundant transformers.
George’s Dock Ventilation and Control Station is one of several ventilation buildings for the Queensway Tunnel, which runs beneath the River Mersey, between Liverpool and Birkenhead. Located behind the Port of Liverpool building, the Art Deco structure was erected in the early 1930s and features large fans with 3m diameter blades that ventilate the tunnel via the building’s central square section shaft.
Steven Nanda, Industrial Services Managing Director at SPIE UK, comments: “We are currently working on the relighting of Kingsway tunnel for Merseytravel and having now been awarded the George’s Dock project, we are delighted that our client has shown their continued trust in us to deliver such prestigious schemes. It enables SPIE to demonstrate our onward commitment to the relationship as well as being proudly involved in the development of a building, which is a real landmark for many of those who visit, live and work in Liverpool.”
Tony Killen, Head of Asset Management at Merseytravel says: “SPIE has extensive, demonstrable experience in the delivery of high quality multi-technical turnkey projects and we look forward to working with them on the upgrades at George’s Dock. This structure is one of the most recognisable in the city and we have a duty of care to ensure it continues to operate in the manner it was intended.”