Willesden Depot Upgrade


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Located in North West London, Willesden depot sits beside Willesden Junction station. This important hub sees a steady flow of London Overground services pass through on their various routes around the capital.  The depot has been situated here since 1965 but when Transport for London’s project to extend the length of the Overground trains to increase capacity got underway, an upgrade to the depot was required. Emico was proud to partner with Laing O’Rourke from the very start of the process.

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We collaborated during the tender and the project.  Emico was engaged to provide a new 11kv/400 volt supply with isolating transformer, provide a dedicated earthing system along with associated switch panels. In the sidings our works included new column, bollard and walkway lighting, power distribution, water service points, 1,000m of walkway handrail, integrating the CMS and lighting units, signalling power, points heating, communication supplies, trace heating and earthing and bonding.

 Emico developed a high-level programme of works with a clear focus on achieving early delivery, staged integration and handover of the services.  This was particularly challenging given the multiple disciplines within a small and restricted environment. Emico led innovative design proposals such as specifying fully insulated lighting bollards and columns with a protective coating reducing the overall touch potentials on a 3rd rail site – enhancing safety of the workforce. 

With operational railways and overhead lines to contend with a skilled experienced team was needed.  Emico was delighted to collaborate with our client, Laing O’Rourke, from the tender stage onwards to deliver a first class upgrade to this vital depot, delivered 'right first time'.

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