Project Description

FP McCann’s Brick-Faced Platform Retaining Wall installed on Edinburgh Station Project

Status: Completed

Location: Edinburgh

Division: Railway

Main Contractor: Carillion

Market Sector: Transport


A unique precast platform retaining wall unit from FP McCann is playing a major role in platform extension works at Edinburgh’s main line Waverley Station, supplying bespoke retaining front wall systems.

The multi-million-pound project involves the lengthening of three of the station’s platforms for the introduction of new longer, faster and greener electric trains on the East Coast mainline.Platforms 5, 6 and 12 are being lengthened and it is on platform 12 where FP McCann has supplied a bespoke retaining front wall system. The individual units, each weighing 4.5 tonnes, have been cast with facing brick slips and pointed at FP McCann’s Littleport factory in Cambridgeshire.

FP McCann secured the £325,000 supply contract to platform 12 with Carillion, with the work being undertaken prior to the demise of the business. Construction is now complete at platform level where significant building demolition works were undertaken to allow for the additional 75 metres extension to platform 12. The new platform is 204 metres long.

In total, FP McCann supplied 138 of the special walling units which were installed using a bespoke lifting beam, also designed and manufactured by FP McCann. Deliveries were made to one of Network Rail’s maintenance yards in Edinburgh and the units were then transported by rail into Waverley station during engineering work closures.

Speaking on behalf of FP McCann, Paul Smith, Bespoke Projects and Planning Manager says, “The project demonstrates FP McCann’s ability to design, manufacture and supply such specialist precast concrete products to match the design engineering brief. Our Littleport facility is best placed in terms of experience, capacity and expertise to deliver on projects with such challenging programmes of work. The successful installation of the retaining walls at Waverley Station has once again promoted the efficiency and benefits of using off-site precast concrete solutions.”

When completed early in 2019, the platform infrastructure works, and new faster-rolling stock will help to transform travel on both routes, increasing passenger capacity and reducing journey times by around 10 minutes between Edinburgh and Glasgow, and by around 20 minutes between Edinburgh and London.

Note: FP McCann is a Network Rail approved supplier. Achilles RISQS Supplier Number: 061598

For further information on FP McCann’s rail solutions, contact the team at Littleport on 01353 961416 or email