Atkins team wins last Crossrail design contract

Wednesday 06 Jan 2010

Custom House Station contract awarded to Atkins / Arup / Allies and Morrison 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.

Crossrail is the major new rail route connecting the west and east of London. 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.”

The prefabricated elements include a state of the art transparent ETFE roof similar to that used at the Eden Project in Cornwall, precast concrete sections, and modular ticketing and retail units.

Duncan Wilkinson, Arup framework director, said: “This will be a challenging station but with the offsite pre-fabrication proposals it should set a benchmark in both cost and quality for other Crossrail over ground station works.”

Rob Holden, Crossrail Chief Executive added: "...the design of the remaining new station at Custom House and of the rolling stock complete the procurement of design work for Crossrail and herald the start of an exciting year ahead for the project. We are all looking forward to the start of full construction across the route and we now have a world class team of design consultants and architects in place who will help deliver this magnificent railway."

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