Crossrail C405 Paddington Station (Fabrication)


LOCATION: Paddington, London
CONTRACTOR: Costain Skanska JV
CLIENT: Crossrail Ltd
VALUE: £11.75m
SERVICES: Building and Civil Engineering

The project involved manufacturing and installing a steel support framework that would hang from the concrete soffit of the station and support the three-tonne concrete smoke ducts anchored to the soffit, whilst also providing the role of the main support for the platform edge screen.

Crossrail C405 Paddington Station
Crossrail C405 Paddington Station 2
Crossrail C405 Paddington Station 3

As Crossrail Paddington is an underground station, no cranes or proprietary lifting equipment could be used in the undertaking of this activity due to access restrictions. As a result, Kilnbridge developed an installation methodology that utilised a bespoke manufactured mobile platform complete with scissor table and air skates to allow controlled installation of the precast units and a bespoke designed lifting frame for the PES installation.

Through the use of this methodology, 155 PES frames (circa 800kg ea) and 310 pre-cast smoke ducts were successfully installed to a very tight programme and to meet Crossrail’s exacting standards on both quality and health and safety.