Enable Infrastructure Expertly Deliver Liverpool Street Station Platform Extensions and Renovations for MTR Elizabeth Line.
14 April 2021
Enable Infrastructure (formerly known as BCM Construction) have successfully completed the design and build of extensions to platforms 16 and 17 and taken platform 18 out of use as an operational platform at London’s Liverpool Street Station, one of the top 5 busiest stations in the UK. These works have been implemented to increase capacity for MTR Elizabeth Line’s new 205m Full Length Units (FLU) trains on the network.
These works have modernised parts of the station whilst increasing platform space making the area more pleasant for passengers when embarking and disembarking from the train. Moreover, the new 205m FLU trains will increase capacity by over 30 percent. This is crucial because over the next 25 years the demand for rail transport in the high peak hour towards London Liverpool Street is expected to grow between 40 and 60 per cent.
The key project deliverable was to complete the platform extensions and associated works by 31st May 2021 to ensure our client can fully introduce and operate their new rolling stock. This involved the management and interface of multiple contractors to deliver specialist activities such as modular platform extensions, slab track installation, roof mounted OLE and multidisciplinary design.
The key challenge throughout this project was to complete this major piece of work with the given time available, which meant we had to do the majority of the works during the Christmas and Easter Holidays working round the clock having just 2 10-day blockades. The strict deadline from our client promoted Enable Infrastructure to employ innovative programme management processes to ensure that programme risk is reduced and managed through mitigation and float management. Enable Infrastructure are pleased to say that the deadline was achieved due to extensive planning, having an adaptive mentality on site, and coming together as a team with the amazing partners that assisted us on this project.
Multiple contractors have been involved in this project including specialist contractors whose help made this project possible. As such, we have developed collaborative relationships with shared pain/gain in our contracts to promote positive working relationships.
Furthermore, this project has promoted a new client relationship with MTR Corporation Limited, which we hope to build and develop moving forward. We have been able to align our values and capability with MTR to deliver exceptional service and stronger relations.
Mike Sandy, representative for MTR voiced that “The relationship between Enable Infrastructure and MTR has been fundamental to the success of the project. We have worked together as a team from start to finish ensuring we achieve the common goal and objectives of the project, which we were most importantly able to accomplish on time.”
The key deliverables for this project were:
- Site Surveys
- Site Set Up and Enabling Works
- Material Deliveries
- Management of access and possessions
- Installation of IVES slab track system
- Installation of new S&C and Permanent Way Modifications
- Installation of Platform Extension Access
- OLE Modifications
- S&T Modifications
- M&E Installations
- Civil Works installations
- Decommissioning Platform 18
- Testing and Commissioning
It has been a tremendous collaborative effort with MTR, our client, to deliver this project. A big thank you to everyone involved from Enable Infrastructure, MTR, and our specialist supply chain, in giving up their Christmas and Easter celebrations to work tirelessly to achieve an outstanding result.