Going to Ground

The simultaneous construction of two new entrances, four platforms on top of a Victorian rail bridge, and a new Underground station make the rebuilding of Blackfriars stations one of Network Rail’s most challenging projects to date. All of this work has been completed with some 300,000 people moving through the worksite every day, and while underground and overground trains continued to run through Blackfriars and traffic used the river and roads below. This article describes the construction of the foundations for this project, which involved numerous challenges, including constricted work spaces, work near live rail lines, hundreds of large diameter piles, and a legacy of hundreds of years of foundation solutions below ground. Because this particular project required custom solutions and to mitigate construction delays, an equipment technician was permanently based at Blackfriars. In order to further mitigate delays, a pattern of double shift working was used. Collaborative partnerships were integral to the success of this project, especially during the early development stage. The collaborative approach continued throughout the project, with weekly planning and daily logistics meetings and regular project reviews occurring to ensure any issues were rectified before they impacted on the project.


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  • Accession Number: 01485713
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jul 5 2013 9:07AM