Final major Crossrail contract awarded to Atkins team

Crossrail Ltd (CRL) has chosen a design by an Atkins / Arup / Allies and Morrison team which will see the only new over ground Crossrail station largely prefabricated off-site. The major elements of the new Custom House station will be transported to site and assembled at the location similar to the way a meccano set is built. The process will save time and cost, and reduce the project’s carbon footprint.

The project has to be completed without causing major disruption to the existing Docklands Light Railway’s (DLR) Custom House station and the adjoining Excel Centre, which hosts up to 50,000 visitors per day.

According to Atkins’ programme delivery director, Simon Layzell: “The new station will act as a catalyst for regeneration in the area but it is an incredibly complicated site and we needed an elegant and efficient design and engineering solution to meet the project requirements.

"By maximising the use of off-site fabrication techniques we will be able to guarantee quality before assembly begins and also significantly reduce the time needed to complete the build. Also, because you are minimising the amount of material coming to site you make it a far more carbon critical design.”

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