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Capita Symonds Appointed by Network Rail to Develop Agile Working Programme

10 October 2011



Capita Symonds’ Strategic Property & Workplace Projects team have been appointed by Network Rail for the development and implementation of an agile working programme across the company’s vast property portfolio. 

Capita Symonds will be delivering the programme with its strategic partner, iDEA.

The five year programme will cover a significant proportion of the Network Rail estate which comprises 150 offices, over 1500 workplaces, and a total of 35,000 employees. 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 4000 Network Rail staff.

David George, Capita Symonds, says: “We are particularly pleased with our success in securing this major contract - our second with Network Rail this year. 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. Capita Symonds’ role will be to identify, through detailed workforce engagement, the ‘right’ workplace design and configuration for Network Rail and to develop and implement a behavioural change programme to promote more agile ways of working.

David Williams, Project Lead for Network Rail, said: “I am looking forward to working with the Capita Symonds team on this exciting project.  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.”