Crossrail - Whitechapel Main Station Works
Whitechapel is an important interchange station on the Elizabeth Line, serving approximately 99,000 passengers per day.
Contract C512 was a main station contract worth £110 million, awarded as part of Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure scheme.
Connecting the City, Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to commuter areas east and west of London, the Elizabeth Line (formerly known as Crossrail) was designed to provide a world-class, affordable railway with high frequency, convenient and accessible services across the capital.
When the Elizabeth Line opened in December 2018, Whitechapel station was a key interchange hub, with up to 24 Elizabeth Line trains per hour operating in each direction, in addition to the existing London Underground and London Overground services.
BBMV, the joint venture encompassing Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and VINCI Construction, constructed the new station bridge concourse above the East London Line cutting and the new ticket hall behind a retained Victorian façade. In addition, the platforms of the existing Hammersmith & City and District Lines were upgraded and extended.
The contract involved constructing new shafts and platforms for the Crossrail tunnels, as well as the related architecture and mechanical and electrical infrastructure. Piling works were carried out in-house by Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering alongside Bachy Soletanche, while the mechanical and electrical work was installed by Balfour Beatty Kilpatrick.
Whitechapel station is situated in the heart of a busy neighbourhood, abutting homes, shops and a school, amongst other public services. The BBMV team worked closely with local residents and other stakeholders to ensure disruption was kept to a minimum during construction.
Furthermore, throughout the life of the project, the underground and Overground lines needed to continue to operate as normal, making Whitechapel an incredible complex construction challenge.
In November 2020, our teams successfully completed over 2,000 engineering night shifts with no delay handing back to London Underground / London Overground.
Whitechapel Station facts and figures:
- 18,000m³ concrete poured
- 1,200 tonnes of structural steel work used
- 355m cross passage tunnel
- 3 x escalators installed
- 2 x 30m-deep shafts excavated