Business owners recently enjoyed an exclusive tour of the Paddington Crossrail site, kindly hosted by contractor Costain Skanska JV.
The evening kicked off with presentations from the engineering team, including information about the build progress and how the project is contributing to the local community and environment.
The group then donned protective clothing and underwent a health and safety briefing, before being lead on a fascinating descent into the station site, currently an underground box measuring 260m long, 25m wide and 23m deep, and located directly under Departures Road and Eastbourne Terrace.
Steve Catchpole, Operations manager at the Pride of Paddington Pub, said “An amazing experience and now explains the enormity of the project and the amount of work happening underground.”
Crossrail is the largest construction project in Europe. It is building 10 new stations, improving 30 more and creating 21 kilometres of twin tunnels under London to integrate with existing railways. The new railway is expected to generate over £42 billion economic benefit for the UK and will support regeneration across the route.
The completion of the new Paddington Crossrail station in 2018 is one of several developments that continue to put Paddington firmly on the map as a popular location for business, investors and visitors.