Europe’s largest infrastructural project
Something’s happening beneath the streets of London!
Europe’s largest infrastructure project is currently underway: the Crossrail project is creating a new rail link between the east and west of the United Kingdom’s capital. Hanson UK, a subsidiary of HeidelbergCement, is participating in the project by supplying huge quantities of cement, concrete, sand, and gravel.
Starting 2018. The project is valued at £14.8 billion, and more than 10,000 people are working at forty separate construction sites across the city. In addition to considerably reducing travel times, the aim is to significantly increase the number of passengers and frequency of trains. The route spans over 100 km and runs from Reading and Heathrow Airport in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east through a large number of new tunnels below the city centre. The first trains should take to the rails in late 2018. Hanson UK is supplying more than 400,000 cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete to the main building sites in central London. The concrete is used for construction of access shafts, underground stations, and precast tunnel segments. In addition, more than 100,000 tonnes of sand and cement are being supplied to produce shotcrete – a special concrete mix used to line tunnels and provide the necessary stability.
Team play. “Teamwork is a major reason for our success,” says Sean Hunter, Major Contracts Manager for Hanson UK. “We have a whole network of production sites and depots, as well as the largest fleet of lorries in the industry. All the units work closely together to make sure that everything runs smoothly and deliveries are on time.”