The Challenge:

Construction of the Elizabeth Line as part of the Crossrail project demonstrates Kier’s ability to deliver several complex infrastructure works at the same time. It is the largest construction project in Europe. When complete, Elizabeth Line trains will run 118km from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21km tunnels under central London, to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Crossrail will increase London’s rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital.

We have worked on six major contracts as part of the overall £15bn Crossrail project.

The Solution:

  • Whitechapel station enabling works, including temporary structural steel decks
  • Western running tunnels- Two 6.2km tunnel drives between Royal Oak and Farringdon Station
  • Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road station tunnels- Excavations, sprayed concrete lining and settlement mitigation works
  • Liverpool Street station- Moorgate shaft and Western ticket hall, involving piling, excavation, propping, and installing deep ring beams
  • Whitechapel station advanced works- Diaphragm walling, piling and deep shaft construction
  • Farringdon station – Construction for the whole station, including civil engineering, tunnelling, building, mechanical, electrical and plumbing, and final fit-out, commissioning and handover

The Impact:

These engineering projects will lead to Farringdon becoming one of the UK’s busiest train stations, with over 140 trains flowing through its new interchange each hour.

As the only station served by Thameslink, Elizabeth Line and London Underground together, it will be a key link in bringing passengers from outer London to the business hubs in the City and Canary Wharf. Crossrail will also make it possible to connect directly to three of London’s five airports.

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