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Case Study - Network Rail

Organisation : Network Rail

Application : Offices

Product : Titan

Location : Montrose

Requirement :

Network Rail had inherited a large number of 15-20 year old modular trackside accommodation units from the previous infrastructure maintenance company. These buildings were in a poor state of repair and at the end of their useful life, so needed to be replaced. A programme was initiated to replace all of these units with much better quality facilities for the Network Rail maintenance teams working on the tracks.

Solution :

For the buildings required at its Montrose site, Network Rail looked at a number of modular solutions from a range of suppliers, some of which had been used elsewhere on the network. The company selected Portakabin, which recommended using two linked Portakabin Titan buildings as the most cost-effective option. The quality of the building was above anything Network Rail had used before and the floor space it provided fitted the bill precisely.

The Portakabin Titan building is the largest relocatable building on the market, offering unrivalled floor space and giving the end user complete flexibility to configure the interior to their requirements. The layout of the two Titan buildings purchased by Network Rail was tailored to the specific requirements of the 20 people who would be based there. The two linked buildings incorporate a spacious office area, mess room, locker room and drying room, as well as two toilets and a storeroom.

Brain Deas, Business Development Manager at Portakabin says: “Network Rail were absolutely delighted with the quality of the new buildings. They provided its Montrose-based teams with a much more pleasant working environment than they had ever had before.

“Unfortunately the site wasn’t quite ready when our buildings were due to be delivered, but we were able to make arrangements to locate the buildings on another part of the site until the final destination was ready – a solution that Network Rail was very happy with.”

Portakabin prides itself on the timely delivery of its buildings and has a track record of completing 99.6%* of projects on the agreed date. This delivery commitment is set out in the unique Portakabin Customer Charter, which promises that all buildings will be delivered on time and on budget. Portakabin even promises that if it ever fails to meet this commitment it will provide an additional 12 months product warranty, free of charge.**

Eddie Barber, Logistics Coordinator for Network Rail’s Perth Delivery Unit, says: “The Portakabin installation team were excellent. We were very happy with the build quality of our new accommodation and the service provided by Portakabin throughout.”

Brain Deas adds: “The team at Montrose were so pleased with their building that they have recommended it be used as a model for all other Network Rail trackside maintenance accommodation.”


* Based on Portakabin order analysis for January 2004 - June 2008.
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