Durham Station Underpass Refurbishment

We were appointed as Principal Contractor for this exciting project by our long-standing Client, London North Eastern Railway (LNER). The project sought to rejuvenate the underpass at Durham Station with vibrant and innovative solutions.


  • Partial removal of the existing walkway structure
  • Construction of a new reinforced concrete and paved raised walkway with handrails
  • Installation of supporting steelwork structures
  • Construction of a new entrance enclosure and cladding panels
  • New lighting
  • Laminate glazing
  • Installation of the bespoke feature vitreous enamel (VE) panels complete with local, feature artwork

Due to the extremely busy nature of Durham Station, it was essential that our dedicated Rail Project Delivery Team collaborated closely with our Client and local stakeholders throughout the project. Ensuring public safety at all times was our absolute priority. We subsequently developed a detailed Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan.

These collaboratively prepared documents were prepared and approved by our Client in sufficient time to allow works to progress safely, whilst causing minimal disruption to commuters.

Challenges and Solutions
Maintaining public and client access – As the worksite was within a live rail station underpass, minimising disruption and maintaining safe access past our worksite was of paramount importance for our Client, commuters and ourselves. The Construction Phase Health and Safety Plan was extremely effective in setting out an efficient method for maintaining access to all parts of the station throughout the works. Our collaborative approach to safe planning of work, prior to and during the construction phase, included designing and maintaining a safe temporary walkway through the underpass. This ensured that minimal delays were experienced by commuters, whilst their safety was ensured at all times.

Through excellent communication with our client, we successfully delivered a very unique and eye-catching solution to this ambitious project. All works were completed in a timely manner and came within budget, much to the delight of our Client. Whilst retaining commuter access throughout by designing and implementing a temporary walkway, our Rail Project Delivery Team provided an innovative solution. We were delighted to be able to deliver this exciting project.

The Difference We Made:
Our experienced Rail Project Delivery Team were supported by pre-approved, specialist supply chain member to deliver this stunning underpass project that will serve the city for generations to come.

Durham Station Underpass Refurbishment

Client: London North Eastern Railway (LNER)
Location: Durham
Contract Value: £481,000
Contract Period: 34 weeks, ending October 2019