This is the final station package to be let on the £16bn Crossrail project.
The provision of a Crossrail station at Woolwich was made feasible by a housing development at Royal Arsenal Riverside. The station was not within the original scope of the project. However, during the passage of the Crossrail Bill, an agreement was reached for developer Berkeley Homes to construct the station box structure. This it completed in June 2013.
Balfour Beatty will now spend four years turning the box into a railway station. Scope of work includes designing, fitting-out and handing over the works associated with the new Woolwich Station together with installing plant and finishing works at the two portals where the Crossrail trains will surface from either end of the Thames Tunnel at North Woolwich and Plumstead.
Work will start this month and complete in 2018 when Crossrail is due to fully open for service.
Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction chief executive Nicholas Pollard, 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 innovative computer-aided building information modelling tools, linked to off-site construction, will reduce the overall works programme compared to traditional construction methods.”
Balfour Beatty is already working on the £130m redevelopment of nearby Abbey Wood station in southeast London for Crossrail, as well as the £64m electrification of a 12.5 mile section of track on the West Outer Section between Maidenhead and Heathrow. In joint venture, it is also working on Crossrail’s £235m Whitechapel to Liverpool Street tunnels and the £110m station development at Whitechapel in East London.