Author: R. Paul (WSP)
2 July 2018
First published: 2 July 2018
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R. Paul (WSP)
There is something special about megaprojects that brings out the best in engineering design and construction. It could be that the longer-term durations for the planning, design and build phases allow more measured and thoughtful decision making; it could be that the weight of public exposure and expectation creates an added incentive to succeed; it could be that the prestige of being part of the programme attracts the best teams in the best organisations; it could be that the extended schedule nurtures a team spirit and a collaborative way of working that is difficult to achieve in a typical shorter-term project.
All the articles from the July 2018 issue - a special issue on 'Structural engineering for the Elizabeth line'.
I am pleased to have been asked to contribute a foreword to this timely publication. As work on the Crossrail programme comes to a conclusion and we pass the baton of largest infrastructure project in Europe to High Speed 2, this is a valuable collection of insights into the design and construction process for the structural elements of the programme. Crossrail has always been committed to sharing lessons learned, embodied most effectively in our Learning Legacy initiative, through which we have published many examples of insight and good practice on a dedicated website.