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2012 Vol 2 No 8
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Another significant mile stone in the project


Another significant mile stone in the project

One of the key stations on the CrossRail project is that at Tottenham Court Road where a building first was demolished prior to excavation beginning to build the completely new station.

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The top video shows the progressive demolition of the structure that was on site which was done in a very controlled manner using compact mobile equipment to minimise dust, noise and inconvenience to the adjacent buildings.


Time LapseVideo of original surface structure being demolished to enable excavation works to begin.

Photos and videos coursey of CrossRail

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Excavation at Crossrail’s Tottenham Court Road western ticket hall in Soho has now reached track level, equivalent to seven storeys below ground.

Crossrail’s contractor, BFK, has removed 35,000 m³ of soil from the site at Dean Street over a six month period – enough to fill all three Olympic swimming pools in the London Aquatics Centre three times over.

This short time lapse video (bottom right) shows the temporary “propping” of the station box walls as excavation continues to a depth of 30 metres.

Excavation has taken place 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with the team employing a number of excavation techniques including normal excavators, long arm excavators, gantry crane and hydraulic grab to suit the ever increasing depth.

Work has now begun creating the 1.8 metre thick base slab for the ticket hall. Sprayed Concrete Lining (SCL) works will soon begin to prepare the station box to receive the tunnel boring machines, on their journey from Royal Oak (west of Paddington) to Farringdon.



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