29 June 2009
The successful delivery of Corby’s new railway station has been recognised by a leading professional body within the transport industry.
At its annual award ceremony, held on 19 June 2009 at The Royal Airforce Museum in Hendon, London, the Institution of Highways and Transportation (IHT) named Corby Railway Station as the winner of the IHT/ Costain Award for Effective Partnerships.
The Award was presented to the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), a funding partner and site owner and project consultants WYG Engineering, by sporting legend Sir Geoff Hurst MBE.
The IHT Awards celebrate innovative achievements and rewards case study examples of best practice that can be emulated by other professionals within the transportation industry.
In the case of Corby Railway Station, the Award was given in recognition of the close partnership working that enabled the £8.3m station to be constructed on time, on budget and to a very high standard.
In making the award, Judges commented: “A transformational project delivered to a very constrained timescale. The project clearly required a very effective partnership to manage the requirements of a large number of stakeholders combined with the multiplicity of inter-agency working. The submission demonstrated very clearly that this had been achieved very effectively.”
Construction of the station began in February 2008 and was completed in December 2008. The project signalled the end of a 40 year wait for the return of a passenger rail service and means Corby is no longer the largest town in Europe without a train station.
An interim service run by East Midlands Trains began in February 2009 and the full service, including a direct hourly service between Corby and London St Pancras, was officially launched in April 2009.
The Homes and Communities Agency and WYG jointly accepted the Award with a number of representatives from the other public and private sector partners who helped to deliver the project including: North Northants Development Company, East Midlands Development Agency, East Midlands Trains, Network Rail, DfT, Corby Borough Council, and Northamptonshire County Council as well as key contractors Dean and Dyball Rail and Lodge Park Construction.
The final scheme comprises a new railway station as part of a mixed use gateway development, including a public transport interchange, car parking, cycle parking and high quality public open space.
As well as providing a fully integrated public transport hub, the new station will boost economic regeneration by encouraging both businesses and individuals to relocate to the town and supporting existing commerce and infrastructure within the region.
It is estimated that the new train station will unlock an estimated £200m of further commercial investment in the area, creating more than 1,200 new retail and office jobs.
Margaret Allen, Regional Director of the HCA in the East Midlands, said: “This is an excellent achievement and well deserved. Congratulations to all the team involved, it is a true demonstration of partnership working between public and private sector organisations and of the rewards of true tenacity. The lengths the team went to, to bring this about, from what looked like a mission impossible at the start to the delivery on time have been suitably recognised - delivering regeneration and further enhancing Corby as an attractive place to live and work.”
Richard Brown, Regional Director at WYG Engineering, added: “Although this award has been made to the Homes and Communities Agency and WYG Engineering, delivery of the project has been a team effort. To be involved in such a pivotal project in the regeneration of Corby has been a real privilege and we are all very proud of the resulting development. We have worked to a very challenging programme and, despite our original contractor, going into receivership, we were able to deliver a completed station ready for the first train to arrive.”
Image (L-R): Mike Parker – Dean & Dyball Rail; John Huthwaite – Dean & Dyball Rail; Simon Evans – North Northants Development Company; Paul Barnes-Gott – Network Rail; John Holling – WYG Engineering; Nick Hilton – Network Rail; Rob Noble – The Homes & Communities Agency; Neil Murphy – The Homes & Communities Agency; Richard Brown – WYG Engineering; Derek Maughan – Lodge Park Construction; Sir Geoff Hurst MBE; David Tarrant – IHT President; Anthony Sowden – The Homes & Communities Agency; Cliff Kirby – WYG Engineering; Darren James – Costain