Whitechapel Station Temporary Ticket Hall

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At the heart of the East End of London, Whitechapel station serves the Royal London Hospital and other local areas of interest and intrigue.  It is also the site of an important interchange Crossrail station on the new Elizabeth Line since the Overground, District and Hammersmith and City Underground lines already run through here. To enable the reconstruction of the station a temporary ticket hall was required to keep passengers on the go undisturbed by the major works going on around them.  Emico was engaged to provide electrical, mechanical, fire and communication installations.

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Our aim at Emico is to implement our Zero Harm culture and we were proud to contribute to our clients’ achievement to reach one million man-hours with a RIDDOR injury.  The Emico project team were faced with several challenges on this project and getting it “right first time” was a key to our successful completion of the project.  Due to the nature of the site and the design we had a difficult task of fitting the electrical and mechanical services into a very limited ceiling void.  We were required to accelerate our works to meet the deadline for the opening of the station and we managed this with very efficient site supervision and the benefit of our directly employed workforce.

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The fire, CCTV and PAVA systems, critical to the running of the station need to be migrated from the existing station to the new ticket hall.  Due to time constraints the final phase of migration was carried out during a station closure.  This was a critical time in the project but we succeeded in handing over the station for opening on time.

"The weekend’s possession works were particularly challenging, as the station closure included through running trains on the London Overground and London Underground lines. However, the team successfully managed the risks involved, with careful planning and cooperation between project disciplines, ensuring safe systems of work and railway procedure were implemented and followed.” Simon Jenks, BBMV Project Director.

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