The impact of Crossrail on the UK economy and employment show that businesses from right around the UK are benefitting from work connected to Crossrail. Our case studies below show just some of the businesses from across the UK who are already working with us to deliver the Elizabeth line.
Environmental Fabrications Ltd, based in Dromore in Co. Down and employs around 30 people, is a business that has already won work connected to the Crossrail programme.
The company has provided 300 tonnes of steel to Crossrail programme worksites and fitted gantry cranes along with the additional structural support steel, jetties, access platforms and handrails to sites in east London and Kent to help transport concrete segments that will be used to line the new rail tunnels underneath London. The Crossrail programme work has played a significant part in helping the company to pick up more work.
The PODFather, a technology company based in Edinburgh, has supplied an innovative handheld PDA system to capture vehicles’ arrivals and departures from Crossrail project worksites. The system provides real-time reporting of vehicle movements and has replaced paper-based worksheets, saving time and reducing mistakes. The Crossrail programme contract has opened up new business opportunities for the company in London and the South East of England and has resulted in it recruiting extra staff to cover the increased software development work and support.
Celsa Steel UK, a steel mill, which directly and indirectly employs over 2,000 people and is based in Cardiff, has made steel and rolled rebar for steel cages that have been used to reinforce concrete at a number of Crossrail project worksites. In total, around 50,000 tonnes of steel has been produced in Wales.
Conemasters, based near Cowbridge in South Wales, has supplied hundreds of signs, cones, barriers, traffic management drawings and escort vehicles with message boards to assist with deliveries as part of traffic management schemes around Paddington and Bond Street Elizabeth line stations, At the peak of work, the company took on around ten extra staff to deal with the extra work.
Express Reinforcements, based in Neath, this firm receives the rolled steel from its parent company Celsa Steel UK and manufactures steel cages to reinforce concrete which have been used at ten Crossrail project worksites. The work has resulted in the creation of 80 temporary jobs and many more have been preserved. Depots in Neath, Cardiff and Newport have been involved in the Crossrail programme and their premises have had to be expanded to deal with the extra demand created by the Crossrail programme contracts.
Booth Industries, based in Bolton, has supplied specialist high performance steel door sets across several Elizabeth line stations and in the tunnels. The contracts were awarded from 2015 onwards, providing a stable revenue stream over a six-year period. The projects allowed the company to invest significantly in R&D and employee development. This has culminated in the business moving on to other high-profile projects, such as HS2.
Dew Piling, based in Oldham, has provided in excess of 1,000 tonnes of steel to construct shafts and other structures at a number of Crossrail project worksites, including the Limmo Peninsula and Pudding Mill Lane in East London. The company employs 24 people and has recently taken on two junior engineers, partly on the back of Crossrail programme contracts which last year accounted for approximately a quarter of its workload.
Lifting Gear UK, which has its head office in Preston, supplied a contract lifting service to the Plumstead site in southeast London to manage the lowering of the thousand-tonne tunnelling machines, Sophia and Mary, to build the only section of the Elizabeth line that crosses under the Thames. The company has a number of branches in the North West of England as well as two in London. It currently employs 46 people in total.
Teckentrup UK Ltd, based in Warrington in the UK and Bielefeld in Germany, manufacture a full range of steel door sets, delivering a multi-certificated solution backed up with comprehensive assurance documentation and project management teams. Teckentrup UK has worked on the Whitechapel and Liverpool Street Elizabeth line stations and has also supplied specialist door solutions at Farringdon, Bond Street, Paddington and Woolwich Elizabeth line stations. They have developed a full range of UK specific products and their ability to service contracts has grown immeasurably due to their exposure whilst working on the Crossrail programme.
Watson Steel has supplied around 2,500 tonnes of steel to the Crossrail project at Farringdon Elizabeth line station. The Watson factory in Bolton employs approximately 280 people of which around 40 have been working on the Crossrail programme contract. In addition, Watson has also supplied elements of steelwork to another Elizabeth line station at Canary Wharf.
Advanced Engineering Solutions Limited, based in Cramlington in Northumberland, inspects underground pipeline sections to see whether they need remedial work where Crossrail’s tunnelling machines were in operation nearby. The company employs 40 staff and the Crossrail programme contracts have played a significant part in its business in recent years.
Mammoet, a specialist Heavy Lift contractor based in Newcastle with depots in Teesside and Leeds, supplied heavy telescopic mobile cranes and specialist jacking, skidding and transportation equipment to assemble and transport the huge thousand-tonne tunnelling machines at Royal Oak portal in West London. Mammoet also supplied smaller mobile cranes for putting up gantry cranes at Crossrail’s Limmo and Canary Wharf sites. The company employs around 170 staff and has taken on more staff, in part due to the additional demand created by the Crossrail programme.
Yorkshire and Humber
Romtech Ltd based in Sheffield is a specialist ground engineering company that produce reinforcement cages used for piling and foundation works for major developments. The company picked up a range of contracts working on Elizabeth line stations at Bond Street, Farringdon and Tottenham Court Road with a total value of around £10 million. The contracts involved supplying more than 10,000 tonnes of steel in total - the single biggest piece of work the company have delivered to date. The scale and complexity of the works required Romtech to take on a second factory in Mansfield, taking on 40 extra workers to help deliver the Crossrail project works.
Servaccomm Redhall Ltd based in Ottringham, Nr Hull East Yorkshire provide modular building solutions. Servaccomm supplied one of the Main Contractors with a 1,400 metre squared storey office and a 600 metre squared, two-storey welfare facility for the Westbourne Park works. The bespoke building was designed to fit onto a curved disused platform. Due to the tight timescales to maintain the works programme, both buildings were manufactured offsite in the company’s factory, delivered to the site and installed within five weeks. The Company employs around 80 staff and welcomed the opportunity to be involved with the Crossrail programme to maintain turnover.
UKDN Waterflow, based in Leeds, has carried out essential work at a number of Crossrail project worksites using innovative no-dig UV lining solutions to strengthen and protect London’s Victorian sewer networks before construction and tunnelling work could take place. At Moorgate, the site of the new Liverpool Street Elizabeth line station, the company installed the biggest UV sewer liner in Europe. UKDN Waterflow’s contracts with the Crossrail programme continue to be an important part of their business, with around 125 of the company’s workforce having worked on various Crossrail projects and 27 new management and specialist jobs created as a result.
Beaver Bridges, from Shropshire, are a specialist bridge design and manufacture firm based in Church Stretton. They picked up a contract to design and build a temporary bridge and tower structures to carry a series of utility pipes, allowing ground works to take place at the Crossrail project Plumstead tunnelling site in southeast London. The bridge and tower structures were fabricated at the company’s West Midlands facilities before being transported down to London for installation.
Keller Ltd, based in Coventry undertook several types of piling, compensation grouting and structure monitoring to a number of Crossrail project worksites in London, including Tottenham Court Road - Dean Street, Tottenham Court Road - St Giles, the Plumstead portal and Bond Street station. The company provides specialist ground engineering processes on tunnelling schemes and has taken on several additional staff to deal with the demand created by the Crossrail programme.
Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park factory based in Steetley has constructed the new Custom House Elizabeth line station. The major structural components were built on-site and then transported to London and re-assembled. The £100 million plant employs 364 people, around 80 per cent of whom live within a 25-mile radius. Laing O’Rourke is also supporting the Crossrail programme through its delivery of new Elizabeth line stations at Tottenham Court Road, Canary Wharf and Liverpool Street, with many segments and components manufactured at the Steetley plant.
Reader Grout, a company based in Sutton-In-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire which employs 20 people has supplied a thousand tonnes for grouting at the Whitechapel and Liverpool Street Crossrail project worksites. The company has already hired four new staff to deal with additional demand created in part by the Crossrail programme order.
Street Crane Co Ltd, based in the High Peak, manufactured and installed ten cranes on the Crossrail programme, including one in Oxford Street during the construction of the new Tottenham Court Road Elizabeth line station. In total the company has provided ten cranes to the Crossrail programme, weighing in at 180 tonnes with an equivalent overall length of 19 double-decker buses end-to-end. Up to 60 employees were involved in the Crossrail programme contracts.
East of England
Bauer Technologies Ltd based in Bishops Stortford, has carried out deep foundation works for Elizabeth line stations at Tottenham Court Road, Whitechapel and Liverpool Street. At Tottenham Court Road, the company provided more than 15,000 cubic metres of concrete as part of work that drove piling down 65 metres below ground level. Being involved in the delivery of the Elizabeth line has allowed the company to invest in the further development of new ideas and technology which will contribute significantly to the company's growth opportunities in the future.
DB Construction, based in Sawbridgeworth in Herts, has provided a range of work for the Crossrail programme. It has put in place and monitored traffic management systems, connected temporary offices to water mains and sewers and dug and prepared metre-deep trenches for the monitoring equipment used by the Crossrail programme along the length of the route taken by the tunnel boring machines. The company, which employs 18 people has taken on additional staff largely due to the scale of the work it has undertaken on the Crossrail programme.
Omtech Services Limited, based in Rayleigh, Essex, has produced Operation and Maintenance manuals and has carried out Asset Tagging services for Tier 1 contractors across the Crossrail programme. The company has grown as a result of the work on the Crossrail programme, enabling them to take on new employees and connect with new clients across the infrastructure sector.
L.B. Foster Telecoms (TEW Plus) Ltd based in London, has provided telecoms installation teams across six Elizabeth line stations, including Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel. The Crossrail project has enabled L.B. Foster Telecoms (TEW Plus) to expand its workforce to deploy over 450 employees across the six sites it served.
A J Wells & Sons Limited are a family business based on the Isle of Wight and are a key supplier of the London Underground vitreous enamel signage. They design, manufacture and install a wide variety of signage, cladding and fabricated metalwork products. The company was awarded a number of contracts across several of the new Elizabeth line stations to provide wayfinding signage, vitreous enamel and stainless-steel cladding, stainless steel brackets and CCTV housings. The contracts have boosted revenues over the last five years and have allowed for investment in staff recruitment and training as well as new machinery and equipment. AJ Wells & Sons have also honed their production skills and increased their product offering as the programme requirements demanded a level of quality and innovative designs that pushed the limits of traditional signage production.
Kilnbridge, an East London-based specialist structures contractor, has been involved in the Crossrail programme for over 10 years. The company undertakes various construction and engineering works, including demolition and enabling works, sub and superstructure frame construction, and structural steelwork. Throughout their involvement in the Crossrail programme, Kilnbridge has employed between 20 to 30 apprentices across all of their disciplines at any one time. Participating in the Crossrail programme has enabled the business to grow both its workforce and turnover. Today, the company employs over 800 personnel and turns over circa £90m.
KONE Plc, based in Chertsey, Surrey, has worked on numerous projects within the Crossrail programme, including at the Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth line stations where they designed and delivered two incline lifts per station in addition to over 200 lifts and escalators across the Elizabeth line and London Underground portfolio. All units once commissioned will be maintained as part of the pan-TfL contract by KONE’s dedicated team, building on their existing portfolio. KONE has been operating in the UK for more than 40 years and serves customers from regional offices across the country with its team of nearly 1,800 employees.
Ashridge Engineering, based in Okehampton in Devon, has designed and manufactured control and measurement equipment for water mains. The systems monitor the noise, flow and pressure of underground water pipes and are able to send an alarm to Crossrail’s central system if they distinguish unexpected or unusual activity happening in and around the pipes. The company will be providing over 60 units to the Crossrail programme, employs 12 people and is set to take on extra employees in the near future. The Crossrail programme is currently a significant contract to the company.
Bourne Construction Engineering, based in Poole in Dorset, has supplied 710 tonnes of steel to Crossrail project worksites at Liverpool Street, Pudding Mill Lane and Paddington. At Liverpool Street, the company built a new, three-storey power substation to facilitate the construction of the new Elizabeth line station. Across all three projects, twenty construction jobs were created and the work has helped to safeguard a further 150.
HPC Products is a family owned and run company based in Bournemouth, Dorset. It supplied the thousand-tonne tunnelling machines with oils and lubricants as well as pipes and valves that transport compressed air and water for the machines. The company liaised with the Crossrail programme to establish technical requirements and worked with the product manufacturer to supply the material.
Winning the Crossrail programme business has guaranteed the HPC products orders that will keep the growing company of ten busy. The Crossrail programme contract has been one of the biggest infrastructure projects HPC Products has supplied in recent years.
Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems UK offers a wide portfolio of rail vehicle systems technology as well as platform screen systems which it markets under the Westinghouse Platform Screen Doors brand. Knorr-Bremse Rail UK operates from four facilities: Melksham (HQ) and Corsham in Wiltshire, Burton-upon-Trent and Manchester. The company delivered UK-designed and manufactured platform doors for all the new Elizabeth line below-ground stations. Supplying the Crossrail programme has helped to secure and promote the company’s UK-based expertise in engineering and manufacturing around the world.