Christmas Boost for Bond Street
22 December 2014
The Costain Laing O’Rourke Joint Venture Team, working on the Bond Street Station Upgrade Project for London Underground, has restored the station to full operation, three weeks ahead of schedule. The travelling public now has access to both Central and Jubilee lines in time for Christmas shopping in the West End.
As James Brookfield, M&E Delivery Manager and Costain Project Lead, explained, this is the latest success for the project that began in 2010: “At the end of June we closed the Jubilee line platforms at Bond Street. Since then we have achieved a number of key milestones in the tunnelling phase of the project leading up to what was a key date for Costain Laing O’Rourke and London Underground – to open the station by start of business on December 23rd. We managed to beat that by having the station open and fully operational on December 5th. Earlier in the year we closed the Central line platforms and handed that back on time too, so this latest achievement caps what has been a very successful 2014 for us.”
The creation of the One Team – Costain Laing O’Rourke and London Underground – at the beginning of 2014 has played a key part in the successful delivery of the project, said James. “The improved working relationship and better communication has without doubt enabled us to achieve and better key project milestones.”
Achievements completed during the Jubilee line closure included the installation of platform humps as part of the work to make the station step-free; a new staircase tunnel that will help link the Jubilee and Central lines without the need for escalators; and the connection of a new concourse tunnel. Added James: “We also coordinated with London Underground to help them refurbish three escalators at the station which will help reduce disruption to London Underground’s customers.”
Andy Grant, Senior Project Manager at London Underground, commented: “The One Team is a year old and the early return of the Jubilee line and restoration of the full operation of the station is our birthday gift to the public. This has been a fantastic achievement from the whole of the team and over the last year we have overcome numerous challenges to deliver early. We are very proud of what we have built, the quality of the work, how safely it has been delivered, and how well we have worked together to achieve this.”
Work continues on the project with further tunnelling that is due to be completed in early 2016. This will be followed by the fit-out of the new tunnels and the ticket hall. The new station is due to open to the public in 2017 which the team are confident they will achieve.
Costain Communications Department