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September 10, 2014

Balfour Beatty wins Crossrail’s new Woolwich station contract

Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has been awarded a four-year £70m contract to complete and furnish the new Crossrail station at Woolwich, UK.

By Samseer M

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Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has been awarded a four-year £70m contract to complete and furnish the new Crossrail station at Woolwich, UK.

This project aims to provide better facilities for commuters travelling from Woolwich to various other destinations across London and the south-east, in addition to the renewal of Thames Gateway area to reduce travel time to locations, such as Bond Street, Heathrow and Canary Wharf.

As part of the contract, Balfour Beatty will execute the design, fit-out and works handover associated with the new Woolwich Station.

The company will also be responsible for the installation of plant and finishing work at the two portals, where the Crossrail trains will surface from either end of the Thames Tunnel at North Woolwich and Plumstead.

"Our experienced major project team’s ability to deliver high-profile infrastructure schemes has been recognised with this award."

Balfour Beatty UK construction chief executive officer Nicholas Pollard said: "Our experienced major project team’s ability to deliver high-profile infrastructure schemes has been recognised with this award of the final Crossrail station package for Europe’s largest construction project.

"Our use of innovative computer-aided building information modelling tools, linked to off-site construction, will reduce the overall works programme compared with traditional construction methods."

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The project will employ 200 people and Balfour Beatty will work with Crossrail, as well as the London boroughs of Greenwich and Newham, to create apprenticeships and work for the long-term unemployed or those who have been out of education or training for six months.

Work under this contract will start this month and Crossrail is due to start the service in 2018 after the completion of project.

The 118km-long Crossrail route will serve 40 stations and run from Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west, through new twin-bore tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Once fully operational in 2019, Crossrail will boost rail capacity in London.


Image: An architect’s impression of the new Crossrail Woolwich station. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty.

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