Project: Ashington
Client: Northumberland Council
Main Contractor: Morgan Sindall
Value: £3.8 million

The Challenge

Ashington Station marked the first phase of the Northumberland Line Project and was Hewitson Ltd’s inaugural project with Morgan Sindall Infrastructure under Network Rail conditions. The project involved constructing a new platform using precast walls and developing a new car park. Initial earthworks were particularly challenging due to the discovery of a World War II unexploded ordnance (UXO), alongside navigating Network Rail rules and handling contaminated material.


The Solution

Hewitson Ltd addressed these challenges with a structured and adaptable approach. Upon discovering the WW2 UXO, the team promptly followed established procedures for safety and compliance, ensuring the site was secure and mitigating any risks. The project team adapted quickly to changing circumstances, demonstrating resilience and problem-solving capabilities.

The management of contaminated materials was handled through meticulous planning and implementation of a Materials Management Plan (MMP) and proper segregation practices. This ensured that all work met safety and environmental regulations while maintaining project momentum.


The Results:

The Ashington Station project was delivered on time, meeting all program milestones despite the initial challenges. The successful handling of the UXO and adherence to Network Rail’s stringent rules showcased Hewitson Ltd’s commitment to safety and operational excellence. The effective management of contaminated materials further underscored the team’s capability in dealing with complex environmental issues.

The project not only met the client’s expectations but also led to Hewitson Ltd assisting with further works on other rail projects, reinforcing their reputation as a reliable and skilled contractor in the rail infrastructure sector. The completion of Ashington Station highlighted Hewitson Ltd’s adaptability, expertise, and dedication to delivering high-quality results under challenging conditions.



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