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 Crossrail.
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 Crossrail’s Plumstead tunnelling site in south-east 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 has undertaken several types of piling, compensation grouting and structure monitoring to a number of sites in London, including Dean Street, Tottenham Court Road, the Plumstead portal and Bond Street. The company provides specialist ground engineering processes on tunneling schemes and has taken on several additional staff to deal with the demand created by Crossrail.
Laing O’Rourke’s Explore Industrial Park factory based in Steetley will be constructing Crossrail’s new Custom House station. The major structural components will be 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 Crossrail through its delivery of new 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 sites. The company has already hired four new staff to deal with additional demand created in part by the Crossrail order and expects to hire more staff as demand from Crossrail continues.
Street Crane Co Ltd, based in the High Peak, has manufactured and installed ten cranes on the Crossrail project, including one in Oxford Street during the construction of the new Tottenham Court Road Crossrail station. In total the company has provided ten cranes to the Crossrail project, 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 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 sites, 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 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 Crossrail’s thousand tonne tunnelling machine, Sophia, into the ground at the end of last year. The company will also manage the lowering of the site’s second machine, Mary, later in the month. 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 with expansion planned in the Midlands and Scotland during 2013.
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 sites on the Crossrail programme and has also supplied specialist door solutions at Farringdon, Bond Street, Paddington and Woolwich 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 Street. The Watson factory in Bolton employs approximately 280 people of which around 40 have been working on the Crossrail contract. In addition Watson has also supplied elements of steelwork to another cross rail project at Canary Wharf.
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 Crossrail, employs 12 people and is set to take on extra employees in the near future. Crossrail is currently a significant contract to the company.
Bourne Construction Engineering, based in Poole in Dorset, has supplied 710 tonnes of steel to Crossrail sites 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 Crossrail 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 is supplying Crossrail's 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 Crossrail to establish technical requirements and worked with the product manufacturer to supply the material.
Winning the Crossrail business has guaranteed the HPC products orders that will keep the growing company of ten busy for the next two years. The Crossrail 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.
The PODFather, a technology company based in Edinburgh, has supplied an innovative hand held PDA system to capture vehicles’ arrivals and departures from Crossrail’s sites. The system provides real-time reporting of vehicle movements and has replaced paper-based worksheets, saving time and reducing mistakes. The Crossrail 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.
Yorkshire and Humber
Romtech Ltd based in Sheffield are 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 Crossrail projects 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 works.
Servaccomm Redhall Ltd based in Ottringham, Nr Hull East Yorkshire provide modular building solutions. Servaccomm supplied one of the Main Contractors with a 1400 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 site and installed within five weeks. The Company employs around 80 staff and welcomed the opportunity to be involved with Crossrail to maintain turnover.
UKDN Waterflow, based in Leeds, has carried out essential work at a number of Crossrail sites 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 Crossrail station, the company installed the biggest UV sewer liner in Europe. UKDN Waterflow’s contracts with Crossrail 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.
East of England
Bauer Technologies Ltd based in Bishops Stortford, has carried out deep foundation works for Crossrail Stations based 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 Crossrail 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 Crossrail. 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 Crossrail along the length of the route being taken by the project’s tunnelling machines. The company, which employs 18 people has taken on additional staff largely due to the scale of the work it has undertaken on Crossrail.
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 Crossrail, enabling them to take on new employees and connect with new clients across the infrastructure sector.
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 are in operation nearby. The company employs 40 staff and the Crossrail contracts have played an significant part in it business in recent years.
Cleveland Bridge, based in Darlington, has won a number of contracts, supplying three Crossrail sites with almost 2,500 tonnes of steel. Steel from the company has been used in the construction of new ticket halls at Bond Street and a number of bridges as part of the new station at Canary Wharf. The Crossrail project has been a vital part of Cleveland Bridge’s turnover in the last two to three years, ensuring that the company has been able to maintain its workforce levels.
Mammoet are 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 Crossrail.
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 project 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 sites where they designed and delivered two incline lifts per site in addition to over 200 lifts and escalators across the Crossrail 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.
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 sites. 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 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 sites. 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 project and their premises have had to be expanded to deal with the extra demand created by the Crossrail contracts.
Environmental Fabrications Ltd, based in Dromore in Co. Down and employs around 30 people, is a business that has already won work connected to Crossrail.
The company has provided 300 tonnes of steel to Crossrail 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 work has played a significant part in helping the company to pick up more work.