Joint Venture Wins Team/Partnership Award
16 April 2015
The Costain Laing O’Rourke – London Underground (LU) team undertaking the major upgrade of LU’s Bond Street Tube station in central London has seen its success under the streets of the capital reflected above ground.
The combined team won the Team/Partnership of the Year award at the annual London Transport Awards for its work over the past 12 months.
The award, handed over at an awards ceremony at Lancaster Gate, west London, came at the end of a year that has seen the team consistently perform above par in increasing capacity at the busy station.
More than 155,000 customers use the West End station daily, a figure that is expected to climb past the 225,000 mark when a new Crossrail station opens adjacent to the Tube station and is linked into it later this decade.
In early 2014, Costain Laing O’Rourke and LU adopted a one-team approach which was tightly focused on delivery, this change started to clock up production successes almost immediately.
The year saw major changes to the station, which necessitated first its Central line platforms, followed by those of the Jubilee line, closed to passengers and trains for extended periods while work continued.
The successes of the new one team involved managing the difficult tunnel construction and still returning the Bond Street station to full operation 19 days early– just in time for the Christmas shopping rush.
“We’re still in the tunnelling phase,” said Station Fit Out Project Manager, James Brookfield.” It’s going well at the moment and the tunnelling programme will be completed in April 2016.” Station fit-out will follow on throughout 2016 and into 2017.
The award, at a ceremony hosted by former Defence Secretary and now television presenter Michael Portillo, not unsurprisingly went down well: ”Everyone has bought into the one team approach and that is why it has been such a success,” said James. Hopefully it will continue to enable the project to achieve its key objectives right through to completion in 2017.”
Costain Communications Department