King's Cross St. Pancras Station Redevelopment for London Underground
c. £800 million.
European train services are now established at St Pancras and in December 2009 the high-speed commuter service to Kent will commence. These are very significant events that will result in an overall increase in passengers using King’s Cross Underground Station from 65,000 a day, to over 90,000 a day by 2011 and a projected 105,000 per day during the 2012 Olympics.
The redevelopment of King’s Cross St. Pancras station has been ongoing since 2001 and is being undertaken in two phases.
Phase 1 – the refurbishment and enlargement of the existing Tube ticket hall and construction of a new Western ticket hall for the station.
Phase 2 – a new, third, ticket hall, new pedestrian tunnels to the Northern, Piccadilly and Victoria line platforms and a fully accessible station, with step-free access to all London Underground lines fully integrated with Phase 1.
This is a massive station and underground construction project in a dense, city centre environment and development of a major operational transport hub and all the work is completed in a very restricted space. There is a high level of interface with a multitude of stakeholders including Network Rail, London Borough of Camden, Argent and the general public.
Balfour Beatty Management are the major contributor to the Atkins/Balfour Beatty Management (ABB) Joint Venture which became involved in April 2003, taking over the programme and project management.
To provide programme and project management for Metronet (SSL) now part of TfL, under their contract with London Underground.
We supplied a dedicated and highly experienced programme and project management team providing management of a variety of contractors, including design, procurement, construction, testing and commissioning.
Phase 1 - has been completed on time and opened to the public in May 2006 and delivered very substantial cost savings for London Underground.
Phase 2 – completion and handover to Network Rail of the roof slab and Bomb Gap infill structure on time and to meet the agreed start date of Network Rail’s Western Concourse Development. The Northern Ticket Hall is on programme to open to the public on 1st December 2009 with overall project completion in 2010.
Thank you for the excellent work you and your team have done for us at King's Cross. You have added significant benefit to the design management process and I have already started to brief this out to the wider Network Rail audience as good practice.