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Lead Designer

RPS can, and often, undertakes the role of Lead Designer (LD) on projects, supporting both clients and contractors.

As Lead Designer, we have overall responsibility for the co-ordination of the design process ensuring the delivery of a quality service on time and to budget.

Our LD's are required to have excellent communication skills and a clear understanding of the design process and technical issues to inform project programming and the flow of information between design consultants. Internal design co-ordination meetings will be convened to ensure a consistent approach from individual design disciplines and the LD will conduct design reviews at key planning, tender and construction stages.

The LD acts as the main point of contact between the client and the design team and attends all relevant project progress and technical meetings ensuring effective communication between all disciplines.

Case Studies

Ashford Railcare Centre

Ashford Railcare Centre


Department for Transport / HSBC Rail

RPS acted as Lead Designer for the largest traincare facility constructed in Europe, providing vital maintenance facilities for the fleet of Hitachi trains.

This world-class facility includes a five road rail maintenance building with a landmark design that houses a state of the art pit-stop type operation, an equipment drop pit and a heavy inspection road plus trainwash, shunters’, cleaners’ facilities, wheel lathe, offices and conference rooms.

RPS provided Architectural, Structural and Civil Engineering and CDM Co-ordinator services for the development.

Additional facilities include:

A 25kV test track

A bio-hazard pit for the safe removal of waste

A tandem wheel lathe

Carriage washing plants

Stabling facilities for the Class 395 unit, designed and built to UK / European safety standards in Hitachi's facility in Japan.

Drax Power Station

Drax Power Station


Drax Power Ltd / Shepherd Construction Ltd

RPS is Lead Designer, Architect and Civil / Structural Engineer for the Eco-store and biomass fuel transfer element of Project Phoenix, a programme to convert three of six generating units from coal to renewable, cost effective biomass material.

The biomass conversion programme depends upon the design and construction of a new fuel storage and handling facility, together with associated plant modifications to secure the maximum benefit from co-firing.

The implemented solution is an innovative and complex system of fuel delivery, handling, storage and reclaim for the pelletised fuel. It is delivered to site by train and automatically unloaded as the train passes, without stopping, through a dedicated multi-level unloading building incorporating a 15m deep sheet piled basement.

The fuel is transported via a system of conveyers, most supported on steel gantries, to a maximum height of 65m. A bespoke process building facilitates the screening of the fuel to remove over-sized materials and ferrous contaminants. The fuel is then conveyed to one of four 63m diameter, 50m high storage domes, each one capable of storing more than 110,000m3 of biomass fuel.

Musgrave Distribution Group

Musgrave Distribution Group

Musgrave Group


RPS was appointed by Musgrave Group for the design and site support of a new 282,000 sq.ft. warehouse facility for dry-goods storage.

The works involved the construction of a new 3 bay portal steel framed warehouse for dry-goods storage for the Musgrave Group on a 20 acre greenfield site at Boycetown, Kilcock. The complete scheme entails 282,000 sq.ft. of warehouse facility. The project was completed in two phases, phase 1 consisted of 150,000sq.ft of warehouse, 2 storey office block, ancillary offices, services housing, a vehicle maintenance building and an automated truck wash.

The contract also included the construction of a concrete ring road and a car park. Following on from the successful completion of the Phase 1 works in 2005, Musgrave appointed RPS as designers for the Phase 2 expansion in 2008. The 132,500 sq.ft. extension was completed on programme without a single disruption to the existing operations. This is despite the fact that the entire back wall of the building had to be demolished just 1.2 metres away from their storage and distribution aisles, as well as tying in to existing services such as sprinkler systems, fire alarms etc.

RPS was responsible for the mechanical, electrical,
sprinkler, civil/structural and architectural design.

Pearse Station

Pearse Station

Irish Rail

Dublin, Ireland

RPS was appointed by Irish Rail to provide Consultancy Services for the upgrade of the existing power supply and associated ancillary works at Pearse Station in Dublin in 2007.

The project included the construction of a new ESB substation, built within the confines of an existing unused goods store, situated below the station administration offices. For construction to take place, removal of the existing timber column supports was required whilst the offices above were occupied. RPS designed new structural supports, freeing up clear space below for construction of the sub-station.

At platform level RPS provided structural and civil design expertise for the widening of two areas of the northbound platform and installation of ticket barriers. New ticketing machines were also installed on the southbound platform.

RPS provided design expertise for the demolition of an existing shop and the provision of revised structural support to the adjacent external entrance canopy. Floor levels and ramps in the main concourse were also adjusted to provide easier access to the station platform.

RPS also provided full Mechanical and Electrical design services on this project, which was successfully completed in Autumn 2008.

Project Hal

Project Hal


News International Limited / Carillion Construction

RPS acted as Lead Designer for a new print facility, co-ordinating all aspects of the detailed Architectural, Structural and Services design.

This involved an intensive exercise to ensure successful integration with all News International’s equipment installations including the presses, conveyers and control systems.

We worked closely with the project and process engineering team to custom design the facility to house six highly automated, full colour broadsheet printing presses. The new print facility was sympathetically designed around the 30m high press hall which has a gross internal floor area of 67,000m2 over four floors and incorporates associated offices, goods in/dispatch area plus storage and welfare facilities.

The 15.5ha site also has a separate batching/packaging facility, a new electricity substation, standby generators, sprinkler tanks/dampening water tanks and a pumphouse.

Measures were incorporated into the design to minimise the facility’s impact on the surrounding area and local residents. As it operates primarily at night it required appropriate noise assessments and innovative solutions to minimise emissions and inconvenience.

RPS’ role was Lead Designer, this involved an intensive exercise to ensure successful integration with all News International’s equipment installations including the presses, conveyers and control systems.