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Kings Cross Station, London, UK

GRP End of Platform Steps | Case Study

Project: Kings Cross Station, London, UK

Client: AmcoGiffen

King’s Cross Station is the southern terminus for the East Coast Main Line, which is one of Britain’s major railroad arteries serving cities such as Leeds, Newcastle and Edinburgh. It also hosts outer-suburban services to Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

The original station opened in 1852 with two platforms but by 1972, the station had 11 platforms and needed a significant upgrade to cope with projected demand of 47 million people per year and to provide a better interchange for passengers. Known as the King’s Cross Station Redevelopment Programme, one of the facets of this complex project involved the reconstruction of platforms 1 and 8 and shortening of platforms 5 to 8 to enlarge the concourse.

Contractor AmcoGiffen selected Dura Composites to design and fabricate 6 sets of GRP End of Platform Steps which were installed by Amco in a very short time frame to meet the needs of the tight project timescales.

Weighing up to 80% less than steel and 30% less than aluminium, Dura Composites End of Platform Steps offer equivalent performance for considerably less weight. This results in major savings including lower installation costs due to more economical transportation, handling and on-site positioning.

The client was delighted with the quality of the design and workmanship and with Dura’s ability to turn the fabrications around in such a short space of time, describing the structures as having “gone in like a dream”.

As well as fully fabricated non-corrosive and non-conductive single unit GRP end of platform steps Dura Composites can also supply in component or flat pack kit form ready for quick assembly on-site.

For help and advice on your station platform steps or rail platform staircase project, get in touch with us today.

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Dura Slab Structural Stair Treads incorporate a number of ground-breaking features. Their single unit construction speeds up install times, reducing costs and limiting disruption to end users. Known as Dura Slab Structural Stair Treads, they are made from pultruded GRP and are lightweight, high strength, anti-slip, non-corrosive and non-conductive.

Designed for use on footbridges and staircases, they overcome all of the problems normally associated with the use of traditional materials such as wood. Whilst timber treads need regular refurbishment as they are prone to rotting which compromises the structure and provides potential “slip or trip” risks for pedestrians, our GRP treads are safe, easy to work with and low maintenance.

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Why Choose Dura Composites for your Fabrication?

Our fabrications are constructed from the latest GRP composite product design, technology and manufacturing techniques known as the d2 product range. Heavy duty, non-conductive, non-corrosive and chemically resistant access structures fabricated in the UK to provide a safe, cost-effective and durable alternative to steel.

We have supplied fabrications to a wide range of demanding environments including the UK defence sector, water industry, power generation industry, rail, electrical, manufacturing, and materials handling sectors.

Services available in-house include:

  • Finite element analysis
  • Engineering calculations
  • Design optimisation
  • Design troubleshooting
  • 2D and 3D designs
  • CNC cutting
  • Drilling
  • Off-site assembly

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