Since the early 19th century and the first shuddering breath of life of Stephenson's rocket, railways have been the arteries of most economies. Allowing vast numbers of people and goods to get where they need to be.

With populations growing rapidly and roads becoming more congested, investment in rail has never been so important. For example, railways in the UK now carry more passengers than at any time in the past six decades on a network that is 40 percent smaller than is was in the 1950s. It is no wonder that in many countries investment levels are on the rise, with pressure to deliver projects quickly and at good value to tax payers.

Rail carries an enormous amount of goods and people, creates opportunities and connects families and communities which means different stakeholders needs have to be carefully balanced. Our approach, which combines construction and consultancy expertise, provides clients with the technical ability, approach and techniques to allow them to make informed real-time decisions and keep projects on track.

Our work at Birmingham New Street for Network Rail created a new modern facility that has seen customer satisfaction rocket, and required us to manage a complex, multi-phased programme in the UK's second largest city. Meeting this challenge required a team that had the best expertise from Britain and around the world.

What we offer

Whether a shining new station hub or a complex multi-phased programme, our combined consultancy and construction knowledge means we know what is possible, while having the experts to manage the approvals and secure buy in from the right people. We can establish the right project controls to give you the security and visibility you need, while innovating to solve some of rail's most complex challenges.

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  • Sean Gray

    UK & Europe Director of Transportation – Rail, Highways & Ports

“The work Network Rail has done with Mace to develop Birmingham New Street station has been extraordinary. Together we have transformed a dark, unwelcoming and overcrowded station with poor access for passengers beyond recognition. Birmingham now has a bigger, better, brighter station which has transformed the experience of millions of passengers.”

Why mace?

A collaborative journey

Using BIM to delivery Birmingham's new station led to more collaborative working and the sharing of information, allowing the model to be developed and drive more efficiencies on the programme. This team ethos also led to a very successful community engagement programme, which has seen over 100 apprentices being taken on as part of the work.

Smooth journeys, minimising disruption

The tailored approach we have honed over 20 years means we are the partner of choice for complex construction projects where it is essential that disruption is kept to a minimum, security is maintained and the passenger experience preserved. We oversaw the building of The Shard on top of London Bridge Station, used by well over one million commuters every day. We were handed responsibility for transforming Birmingham New Street Gateway – the UK’s busiest station outside London and the largest station development in Europe – while keeping the station open for business.

Construction and consultancy combined

Uniquely Mace is an expert in construction and consultancy, meaning that we bring knowledge from the whole project lifecycle. This has helped our clients avoid potential pitfalls and created a track record of completing projects ahead of deadline and under budget. This flexibility has led to Mace providing multiple services on London Bridge where we provide a construction assurance service to Network Rail as well as a delivery close out function.