WSP, one of the UK’s leading engineering professional services consultancies, supported Crossrail Ltd’s delivery of the landmark Elizabeth line, which opened to the public on Tuesday 24 May.
At the height of construction, Crossrail was Europe’s largest infrastructure project. Once fully open the Elizabeth line will stretch over 60 miles and serve 41 stations, including ten new stations.
London's newest railway has capacity for over 200 million passengers annually.
Multidisciplinary engineering and design teams from WSP helped deliver key stations including Paddington, Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon, and the firm was also the leading engineering consultant on Bond Street station, providing a full multidisciplinary design service as well as structural engineering services for one of the over-site developments.
At Paddington station, where the heritage of the existing Grade I station has been reflected and preserved, WSP’s 60-strong team comprised of MEP (mechanical, electrical, and public health) engineers, facade engineers, engineering safety management specialists, fire engineers and RAMS engineers.
In 2010, WSP was appointed to undertake design and consultancy services for the south-east section of the Crossrail project from Plumstead portal to Abbey Wood.
WSP’s team led the multidisciplinary engineering design, project engineering management, environmental consultancy, and systems integration across the entire project, including civil and geotechnical engineering, highways and bridges, drainage, and signalling and electrification.
In 2019, WSP was appointed to establish and lead a systems integration capability to provide a holistic and targeted approach to bring together and integrate critical activities. Through WSP’s role of System Integrator, it seconded a team into Crossrail to help manage the overall integration and migration of the railway into service, applying its SI:D³ system integration methodology.
Darren Reed, Managing Director for Rail at WSP, said: “Crossrail is a truly iconic project and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for engineers and designers. The potential of the Elizabeth line to boost connectivity across London, regenerate many parts of the capital and deliver economic benefits to the UK as a whole cannot be understated, swiftly becoming a vital component of London’s transport network.
“I’d like to congratulate Crossrail Ltd and Transport for London on reaching this important milestone and thank the hundreds of talented WSP colleagues who have worked tirelessly to aid the delivery of this landmark project.”
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