2 July 2018
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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'.
Farringdon is one of eight new underground stations being built in central London for the Elizabeth line and will be one of the key interchange stations on the new line. Upon completion, over 140 trains per hour will pass through the Farringdon interchange, making it one of Britain’s busiest stations. With Thameslink, Elizabeth line and London Underground services, it will be a key link in bringing passengers from outer London to the business hubs in the City and Canary Wharf. The station will also provide direct rail links to three of London's five airports. Farringdon Elizabeth line station comprises two platform tunnels, each 245m long, between new ticket halls over 300m apart. Each ticket hall has been designed to accommodate future oversite developments. This paper discusses the structural engineering challenges encountered during design and construction of the two ticket halls on constrained sites surrounded by existing transport infrastructure, utilities and historic buildings.