Consultant to develop agile working programmes for 4,000 Network Rail staff

Capita Symonds has been appointed by Network Rail to develop and implement an agile working programme across the company’s vast property portfolio. 

Capita’s strategic property and workplace projects team will be delivering the programme with its strategic partner, iDEA. This is the firm’s second contract with Network Rail this year.

The five year programme will cover a significant proportion of the Network Rail estate which comprises 150 offices, over 1,500 workplaces, and a total of 35,000 employees.

Capita’s role will be to identify the ‘right’ workplace design and configuration for the client and to develop and implement a behavioural change programme to promote more agile ways of working.

Work will start immediately with the commencement of Phase 1 which will focus on five key buildings in Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham and London that house some 4,000 Network Rail staff.

David George, of Capita Symonds, says: “As you would expect, the tender attracted significant competition from other well known consultancies in this field and to secure such a project with this high profile client reinforces our innovative approach to designing and implementing agile working programmes.”

Network Rail’s agile working programme aims to optimise the efficiency of the company’s office portfolio, increasing both financial and operational benefits while providing the workforce with an ideal working environment.

David Williams, project lead for Network Rail, said: “The Agile Working programme presents a huge opportunity for our organisation to consider how we work, provide an environment that reflects our business needs and importantly supports and enables the workforce to become truly agile.”