Crossrail is a transit line development project in London, UK. It is a significant infrastructure which will result in a new underground railway line running across the capital from east to west and is arguably the city’s largest infrastructure project this century.
Exyte Hargreaves was contracted to design, manufacture, deliver and install 25 individual ventilation systems / 54 transition pieces across five separate sites on the Crossrail network including Canary Wharf and Bond Street. These transition pieces are vital in managing air flow within the tunnels.
Given the space restrictions involved with an underground project, Exyte Hargreaves had to utilise intelligent digital design and construction methodology to enable it to deliver the systems effectively. The challenges overcome have been featured on BBC’s £15Bn railway.
Our approach focussed on 2 aspects of the project to overcome the challenges; firstly logistics to the location (through tight London streets) and secondly the installation of fans and transitions in vertical shafts with very little room for manoeuvre.
Throughout the project, intelligent design and forward planning have had to take centre stage every step of the way, from the initial drawings, through to manufacture right to delivery and installation itself.