Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded £70 million contract for Crossrail's new Woolwich station

9 September 2014


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces the award of a £70 million contract to complete and fit-out the new Crossrail station at Woolwich.

The four year project will ensure quicker, easier and more convenient travel for commuters from Woolwich to a range of destinations across London and the South East, supporting regeneration in the Thames Gateway area and significantly reducing journey times for commuters to locations such as Bond Street, Heathrow and Canary Wharf.

Works will include designing, fitting-out and handing over the works associated with the new Woolwich Station together with installing plant and finishing works at the two portals where the Crossrail trains will surface from either end of the Thames Tunnel at North Woolwich and Plumstead.

At its height, the project will employ two hundred people. Balfour Beatty is committed to supporting apprenticeships and local employment and will work with Crossrail and the London Boroughs of Greenwich and Newham to create apprenticeships and roles for the long-term unemployed or those who have been out of education or training for six months or more.

Work will start this month and complete in 2018 when Crossrail is due to fully open for service.

Balfour Beatty’s 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 to traditional construction methods.”

Balfour Beatty is an experienced construction partner to Crossrail and is currently delivering the £130 million redevelopment of Abbey Wood station near to Woolwich in South East London, the £64 million electrification of a 12.5 mile section of track on the West Outer Section between Maidenhead and Heathrow and, as part of a joint venture, the £235 million Whitechapel to Liverpool Street tunnels and the £110 million station development at Whitechapel in East London. 

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Balfour Beatty ( is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance. Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK and the USA, with developing businesses in Australia, Canada, the Middle East, South Africa and South East Asia. With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors focus on infrastructure - transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, water, and complex buildings (both commercial and social). Balfour Beatty employs 40,000 people around the world.

Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland construction business ( is a leading integrator of complex, sophisticated and innovative projects that improve the UK’s and Ireland’s national infrastructure and an experienced provider of local and regional projects that help build lasting communities. We offer a broad range of capabilities in construction, civil engineering and mechanical & electrical engineering services. With offices throughout the UK and Ireland, we deliver a locally-focused service with the support of our national network of expertise and resources. Balfour Beatty’s UK and Ireland construction business employs over 9,000 people.

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