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Derby goes Global

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Global Rail Construction Limited (GRCL) has opened an office in Derby to head up its new labour supply arm.

The new office will be used to meet external client demands for labour, including safety critical personnel, as well as supporting GRCL’s own current and future rail projects in the Midlands and the North.

The company has assembled an experienced and committed management team to run this new labour division.

GRCL said the new business arm is well placed to support the company’s work on some of the UK’s biggest rail infrastructure projects.

GRCL holds a full principal contractors licence and is a leading UK provider of design and build services to clients in the rail and transportation sector.

With its head office in Hertfordshire, the company undertakes projects throughout the UK; the opening of the new midlands hub, on 3 April 2017, allows project managers direct coverage of contracts across this region of the country.

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It is also a milestone for the company due to the city of Derby’s significance to the rail industry.

The Roundhouse at Derby is the world’s first and oldest surviving railway roundhouse. It was originally developed in 1839 by four rival rail companies, including North Midland Railway (NMR) for whom George Stephenson and his son Robert were engineers.

The Midland Railway became one of the country’s prominent railway companies with lines throughout Derbyshire, up to Carlisle in the North (including the country’s highest station at Dent) and to the south with its London terminus at spectacular St Pancras.

From 1873, the Midland Railway Locomotive Works, known locally as “The Loco”, became a major manufacturer of locomotives and rolling stock units.

When the railways were nationalised in 1947, the Derby works became part of the BR Workshops. GRCL’s new office in Derby is a signal of its growth and success across its rail infrastructure sectors of operation, which encompass civil and structural engineering, E&P, signalling and building works – as well as its new labour supply arm.

The company has a strong track record of achievements across the country, including in the Midlands where GRCL helped deliver the East Notts Resignalling project, which was completed at the end of 2016.

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