Lanes Group wins Underground contract

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SPECIALIST DRAINAGE contractor Lanes Group has won a contract to upgrade the drainage and plumbing systems at London Underground stations as part of a £330m modernisation programme.

The Leeds-based firm is one of 24 specialist contractors and three multi-discipline design firms to work together on the modernisation programme of 70 stations under a new delivery model, called STAKE.

Under the model, traditional tier one contractors have been removed, allowing London Underground (LU) to engage directly with contractors like Lanes Group, reducing sub-contractor layers in the supply chain and encouraging greater collaboration.

Matthew Todd, Lanes rail division commercial director, said: “This is an exciting opportunity for us to build and broaden our business within London Underground, working directly with LU’s senior project team.

“We believe we have a lot to offer through the STAKE approach, in terms of innovation and excellent standards of health and safety, but we are looking forward to learning from other contractors and LU.”

Lanes Group is one of two drainage contractors which will carry out work including drainage investigation, CCTV surveying, plumbing and the fitting of new sanitary ware in toilets and shower areas.

The aim is to modernise the 70 stations to a standard that will mean no significant further work should be needed for 10 years.