Balfour Beatty has been awarded the £70m contract to complete and fit-out the new Crossrail station at Woolwich.
Work will include the design, fit-out and hand over of works at the new station in addition to installation of plant and finishing works at the two portals at North Woolwich and Plumstead at either end of the Thames Tunnel where Crossrail trains will surface.
Crossrail’s Chief Executive, Andrew Wolstenholme, said: “Crossrail will help to transform Woolwich, supporting regeneration, reducing journey times and creating new transport links for local people.”
The new contract will also include the creation of apprenticeships and job opportunities for Londoners living within Greater London or a mile of the Crossrail route, who are long-term unemployed or who have been out of education for six months or longer.
Work will begin later on this month with completion anticipated for four years’ time in 2018 when the Crossrail service is scheduled to be fully operational. Once open, the station will see up to 12 trains per hour link Woolwich with Canary Wharf, central London and Heathrow without having to change trains.
Nicholas Pollard, Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Chief Executive Officer, said: “Our experienced major project team’s ability to deliver high profile infrastructure schemes has been recognised with this award of the final Crossrail station package for Europe’s largest construction project. Our use of computer aided building information modelling tools, linked to off-site construction will reduce the overall works programme compared to traditional construction methods.”
It is expected the new Crossrail station in Woolwich will stimulate regeneration in the local area and attract investment, development opportunities and local businesses in the area, all of which will create supporting jobs.