Reading Station is undergoing a transformation programme as part of the wider £850m Reading Improvement scheme. With almost 15.3 million passenger entries and exits between April 2011 and March 2012, Reading is the eighth-busiest station in the UK outside London.1 It is the third busiest interchange station outside London, after Birmingham New Street and Manchester Piccadilly, with almost 3.8 million passengers changing trains at the station annually.2
Over the 2013 Easter break, the most extensive phase yet of the Reading Station improvement project was completed. Since April 2013 customers at the station have benefitted from:
• a spectacular new passenger bridge improving access to all platforms
• two additional entrances to the north and south of the station
• four enhanced new platforms coming into service
• more than 100 new customer information screens
As part of this major project, Caliba (as part of the TEW Group) were successful in being awarded the £250,000 contract from Main Contractor, Costain, after a rigorous tendering process, to manufacture and install 915No signs which constitute the wayfinding and key arrival placemarking signs. The contract also included over 500No poster display units.
The whole requirement, including surveys, detail design, fabrication & install for the 2013 Easter handover was completed in just 8 weeks following a number of last minute design changes and multi-disciplinary user group meetings with Network Rail, Architects Grimshaw and Costain.
Signs range from coated aluminium fabricated units with bracketary & fixings bespoke to the locations, trolley parks, finger posts, illuminated main arrival signs and poster display.
Caliba and TEW are a major player in the Rail Signs market where high quality, a right first time approach and ensuring target dates are met every time.
We congratulate Dagan Bradbury who led the Project team, from all aspects of the project including on site coordination with multiple managers, through the Ester holidays. Costain had expressed that Phase 1 installation had to be completed by the Easter deadline or the Station could not open.
Tom Pearse, Design Manager for Costain said “Your team working on Reading Station in the lead up to. And during the Easter Holiday, were fantastic. They have done an incredible job in completing the signage to the new platforms & buildings. In the words of our Project Director – “Caliba/TEW were our star contractor!”, thank you”