Barking Riverside Extension: RSK’s latest major rail win

October 11, 2019

RSK Associate Director, Sid Grover, has given Rail Professional magazine an insight into RSK’s work on the Barking Riverside Extension Project in Barking, East London, UK.

He told the publication: “Transport for London awarded the prestigious Barking Riverside Extension project valued at £196 million at the end of last year. Morgan Sindall and VolkerFitzpatrick have joined forces to secure this contract and will be responsible for constructing the 4.5-kilometre extension of the Gospel Oak to Barking Line. The work will also include refurbishing existing railway lines from Barking Station over a stretch of three kilometres with a new 1.5-kilometre railway viaduct railway extension from Renwick Road overbridge to the new terminus station… RSK has been commissioned to undertake the role of environmental consultant and engineer.”

RSK’s responsibilities currently include the production of section 61 applications: noise and vibration monitoring; air quality monitoring; archaeological surveys; noise and vibration insulation assessments; and dust management plans. RSK’s input will be jointly led by Sid Grover of the environment, health and safety team and Antonio Sanchez from RSK’s acoustics team.

The project places social and economic enhancements as top priorities, alongside safety and sustainability. RSK has a wealth of experience in all these areas to offer to its client in support of its aims. This includes “an in-house consent, risk assessment and reporting software tool, which ensures efficient and high-quality delivery of the project objectives”. RSK’s previous experience on projects, such as Crossrail, Midland Metro Alliance, High Speed 2 and London City Airport, has influenced the successful establishment of this tool.

In terms of sustainability, RSK strives to ‘do the right thing’, as Sid explains: “RSK actively encourages employees to use public transport when practical, such as trains, buses and tube (underground/over-ground) and electrical cars when undertaking site visits. They are also encouraged to assess all safety, health and environmental hazards and any other environmental concerns during their time on-site.

“All the acoustic, air quality and electronic equipment used by RSK is fully compliant to British Standards, but it is also powered through sustainable means such as solar panels, wherever possible, to minimise construction carbon on-site. None of RSK’s equipment is powered by a non-renewable resource. We are committed to implementing MSVF JV’s Sustainability Policy and assisting in meeting its sustainability targets.”