A £250 million contract to upgrade Tottenham Court Road Tube Station is underway in a project being delivered by a joint venture between VINCI Construction UK and BAM Nuttall Ltd.
The project is being carried out for London Underground as part of Transport for London (TfL).
The existing station is being enlarged to provide much greater capacity than at present, including a ticket hall almost six times the size of the existing one. New station entrances, modernisation of the existing station passageways and platforms and a new concourse with links to Tottenham Court Road station are being provided to reduce congestion. Additional escalators and five lifts will provide step free access throughout the station.
A new Crossrail Eastern ticket hall structure is also included in the scope of the contract (Crossrail is a new railway across London that will help cut journey times with high-frequency, high-capacity services). The redeveloped tube station will eventually connect with the new Crossrail station to form one integrated station.
Externally, improved facilities will be provided for pedestrians, cyclists, bus passengers and other road users, including a new piazza outside Centre Point as part of the contract.
Significant enabling works commenced 2007 and included the realignment of utilities and demolition to create the space to build the station. VINCI BAM Nuttall JV commenced with the main construction in 2010.
The new plaza at the entrance to the tube station is scheduled to open in 2013. The first new station entrance is due to open in 2015 and the redeveloped tube station is scheduled for completion in 2016.
Tottenham Court Road station, which originally opened in 1900, is currently used by 150,000 passengers each day and that number is expected to rise to over 200,000 when Crossrail services commence in 2018.
BAM Nuttall is focused on providing the highest professional standards in the civil engineering market, with emphasis on building strong, honest and long lasting relationships with satisfied customers.
The company has established an unrivalled reputation for delivering complex and challenging civil engineering projects that have played a significant role in shaping the infrastructure of modern Britain.
Vinci Construction UK is a national construction and facilities company and is part of VinciI, – a world leader in concessions and construction.
At local level the company’s regional teams operate throughout the UK, offering a fully-integrated service – from inception, ground investigation and remediation, through to project completion and beyond to the delivery of operational solutions.
Olympia Test & Crane
Olympia Test & Crane supplied an overhead travelling crane at the site. The company was chosen from a shortlist due to the experience which they have in bespoke crane systems, enabling them to provide the client with exactly what was required, over and above the major crane suppliers in this field.
The work includes an ongoing maintenance agreement with Olympia carrying out regular service checks as well as any ad hoc breakdown visits.
Since completing the project at TCR, Olympia have also provided bespoke crane solutions to such companies as Dornack International in Essex, Valen Fittings in Aldridge in the Midlands, AG Precision Engineering in Lancashire and Central Networks, Birmingham. The company has completed the manufacture of two cranes for smaller independent companies in Nottingham and Aberdeen.
More recently, the largest order in the company’s history has been secured, with the supply and refurbishment of 8 cranes for European Steelcraft Ltd. Currently located in Derby, the company is developing a brand new site in Brownhills with Olympia given the task of providing all of their crane solutions.
An order has also been secured for the supply of a crane to Africa’s sole bus manufacturing plant, in Nairobi, Kenya. This will also include the provision of two fabricators to oversee the modification and installation of the crane on site.
Looking to the future, the company is in the final stage of negotiation with a major UK train manufacturer for the provision of two brand new cranes and installation.