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Tunnelling contractor takes over huge access shaft at Bond Street

By Juliet Whitcombe

Construction of first access shaft at Crossrail’s Bond Street station eastern ticket hall has been completed on schedule. A horizontal crossover passage will now be built 25 metres below ground from the shaft to service two tunnel boring machines as they drive under Mayfair from Paddington to Farringdon later this year. 

On 16 July 2012, contractor Costain Skanska JV successfully handed over the completed 12 metre wide, 24 metre deep shaft to our tunnelling contractor BAM, Ferrovial Kier Joint Venture (BFK) to begin the first phase of station tunnelling works at Bond Street. The handover is an important milestone in the project’s Bond Street station construction and the tunnelling programme. 

BFK will now move into another section of the Hanover Square work site and the two contractors will work side-by-side to construct the ticket hall and the tunnels below.

CSJV has completed the majority of the piles necessary to create the ticket hall box structure at Hanover Square. Excavation of the ticket hall box will begin when piling is complete.

A second shaft will soon be excavated next to Dering Yard to allow the construction of the platform tunnels once the TBMs have passed through the area. This shaft will allow all the necessary equipment and construction materials to be taken down to platform level during the enlargement of the platform tunnels for the new station.

The image gallery below shows construction activity that has taken place at Crossrail’s two Bond Street ticket hall sites over the past few months.

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