At Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd (CWCL), we take a pragmatic approach to innovation. Being innovative sometimes means doing something that has been done before, but doing it slightly differently, slightly better. Given that practice makes perfect, we believe we’re in a particularly strong position to deliver innovative solutions to construction challenges.
The Crossrail Station
An example of innovation in practice is the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station for the Elizabeth line.
The Elizabeth line is a new rail line which will run 118 km in 2018 from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Canary Wharf Contractors built the new station at Canary Wharf within the 10m deep North Dock. 396 tubular steel piles 18.5 metres long and 1.2 metres diameter were silently pushed into the dock floor to form a cofferdam to keep the water out and enable construction to start. This was the first time machinery of this size had been used in the UK.
The station is topped by 4-storeys of shops and a park and covered by an elegant, semi open-air timber lattice roof allowing views out over the dock, Canary Wharf and beyond.
The station box was completed in 2015, on time and on budget ready for the tunnel boring machine to pass through. The station box is 260 metres long – greater than the height of One Canada Square – and isup to 30 metres wide. The first trains should be running by autumn 2019.
See also: www.crossrail.co.uk