Blog: SECBE Awards 2022 finalist - Denmark Hill Station Enhancements

07 April 2022

Integration & Collaborative Working sponsored by Swegon

Denmark Hill Station Enhancements (submitted by INVVU Construction Consultants)

Integration & Collaborative Working Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2022 finalist

The Denmark Hill Station Enhancement project was a true example of successful integration and collaborative working. A job which historically should have taken around five years from initial concept to completion, was condensed into 30 months, all against the backdrop of a global pandemic, and is testament to the commitment, enthusiasm and cooperation of all the teams involved.

The pandemic further added to the complications of an extremely tight deadline. A new way of working was established, Weekly meetings were conducted via Zoom, meaning all contributors could attend meetings as they were not required on site. This had a positive impact on timings and cost, but also allowed for issues to be resolved quickly and collaboratively.

From the outset all parties involved were enthusiastic and dedicated to delivering this unique project – ‘the first carbon positive station in Europe’, on time, on budget and to a high standard.

Communication and collaboration were key to the delivery of this project, with regular meetings and daily contact forming the backbone to its success. The day-to-day contact between all teams involved, created a culture of trust and mutual respect, and a cohesive group of collaborators, which aided decision making and problem solving, as meetings were both supportive and productive.    

Early engagement with the supply chain has added value to the project in terms of innovation and sustainability, and the products used in this build, this has also helped in relation to the maintenance of budgets and deadlines.

Structured briefings proved successful, ensuring that all briefs, requirements and expectations were understood and acknowledged by all parties, at the same time so that everyone was ‘singing from the same song sheet’.

Transparency and the sharing of information at weekly meetings also created further trust and cohesion from the collaborative group.    

The Denmark Hill Station enhancements project is a unique development, in terms of approach, sustainability and innovation. The model for collaborative working is now being used on other high profile rail developments, supported by government.

This project was delivered in record time, on budget and to a high standard. Its clients and collaborators are delighted with the outcomes of this project, which has resulted in further commissions for INVVU Construction Consultants designs on other rail projects of this nature. 


Key achievements:

  • Delivering the design and build of a carbon positive station, fit for purpose and future proof, on time, on budget and of the highest quality, during a global pandemic.

  • The creation and development of strong, positive client/collaborator relationships which have resulted in the successful delivery of a multi-million-pound project, and the commissioning of further work from the client.

  • The utilisation of existing, cost-effective technologies (Teams/Zoom) to build collaborative relationships which formed the backbone of the delivery of a innovative and sustainable multi-million pound scheme on time, under budget and to a high standard.


Client: Network Rail

Project Partners: Govia Thameslink Railway, BAM Nuttall, INVVU Construction Consultants


Find out who wins at the Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards 2022 Ceremony on Thurs 30th June 2022.


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About the Integration & Collaborative Working Award (sponsored by Swegon): 

Collaborative working is central to the core values of Constructing Excellence and its drive for positive change in construction.  It is most likely to manifest in the delivery of specific projects, however those who can demonstrate a culture across a series or programme of projects show leadership in a sustained approach.  Integration of the supply chain, the client and end users will normally lead to a better outcome satisfying all stakeholders. More info

>> Find out more about the other Constructing Excellence SECBE Awards finalists here

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