Crossrail – Europe’s Largest Infrastructure Project


Cresa UK Project Management is delighted to announce that the interior design, construction and fit out for MTR Crossrail’s newly acquired office at 63 St Mary Axe, London, EC3 has recently begun the 9 week on-site interior construction programme.

The key features to their new 19,000 sq. ft. headquarters include training  facilities for 84 train drivers, a central control room which will monitor the day to day operations of the network, a new data centre with gas suppression and UPS support and an efficient working environment for key personnel. Currently in week 5 of the build process, strategic emphasis is on mechanical and electrical modifications, partitioning installation and the data centre build for fibre installation. The procurement method for this project was on a negotiated tender basis with the form of contract being JCT Intermediate with Contractor’s Design 2011. MTR is regarded as one of the world’s leading railway operators for safety, reliability, customer service and cost efficiency. Established in 1975 as the Mass Transit Railway Corporation, MTR’s mission was to construct and operate an urban metro system to meet the demanding transport needs of Hong Kong. In June 2000 it was re-established as MTR Corporation Ltd and in October 2000 was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.63 St Mary-PM

MTR’s Crossrail is currently Europe’s largest construction project. Work started in May 2009 and there are currently over 10,000 people working across over 40 construction sites. Over 62 million working hours have been completed on the project so far.

The Crossrail route will run over 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the West, through new tunnels under central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the East. The route will provide inter-urban and metro passenger services connecting London City, Canary Wharf, the West End and Heathrow Airport to commuter areas east and west of London. It will serve 40 stations including 10 new stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel, Canary Wharf, Custom House, Woolwich and Abbey Wood. With a peak timetable frequency of 24 trains per hour and a fast and frequent service linking the east and west, Crossrail will markedly relieve congestion on some of the busiest Tube lines in Central London. Passengers using Crossrail will see reduced journey times and the new stations will be integrated with existing London Underground, DLR, London Overground and National Rail stations making it significantly easier for passengers to change between services, increasing rail based transport in the capital by 10%.


Work is now well underway to build a ‘London tunnelling marathon’ containing 42km of new tunnels beneath London and construction work has reached the halfway mark on flagship new Crossrail stations in central London and Docklands. A total of eight tunnelling machines are currently being used in the new rail tunnels, which are now over 90% complete. The western tunnelling machines, Phyllis and Ada, have now completed their journeys, constructing 6.8km of tunnel each between Royal Oak to Farringdon. In the east, tunnelling machines Elizabeth and Victoria are constructing new tunnels between Limmo Peninsular in Canning Town, and Farringdon. In south-east London, tunnelling machines Sophia and Mary have completed their 2.9km drives from Plumstead to North Woolwich. Tunnel boring machines Jessica and Ellie have completed their 2.7km tunnel drives from Pudding Mill Lane portal near Stratford to Stepney Green.

The delivery of Crossrail will create thousands of business and job opportunities including 400 apprenticeships. Over 350 apprenticeships have already been created on the project to date. The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. It is predicted that the route will bring an extra 1.5 million people to within 45 minutes of central London and will link London’s key employment, leisure and business districts – Heathrow, West End, the City and Docklands – enabling further economic development. The first Crossrail services through central London will start in late 2018. An estimated 200 million annual passengers will use Crossrail.