Network Rail

Background to specification
As one of the UK’s busiest stations outside London, Reading handles around 17 million passengers annually. Not only is it on the Great Western Main Line for express services to South Wales and the West Country, it is the terminus for a network of local routes throughout Berkshire and Oxfordshire.
The station was to receive a complete three-year makeover, with the number of platforms increasing from 10 to 15, the footbridge replaced by a high capacity ‘transfer deck’, and staircases replaced by escalators.
Additionally, new buildings would be constructed at the north and south entrances, a new roof built across the site and virtually its entire infrastructure renewed.

Key criteria
Costain, one of the many leading construction and engineering companies who use our products, commissioned our tanks soon after being awarded the contract to redevelop Reading Station in a joint venture with Hochtief.

Costain already has extensive experience in successfully remodelling major stations – notably St Pancras in central London – and strong experience of this type of work for Network Rail.

Solution & benefits
Started in 2011, the massive project began taking shape with Tubosider stormwater attenuation serving the station.
Two of our conventional tanks in helibore steel pipe have been installed, one of 50 meters at the west end and another smaller tank at the east end. The two single-leg, 1500mm diameter systems give a total storage capacity of 144 cubic meters.
Both stormwater tanks have integral manhole chambers at each end and flow regulators, limiting their respective outfall to 90 and 25 litres per second.