C530 Crossrail Woolwich Station

C530 Crossrail: Woolwich Station

Crossrail is one of the most significant rail infrastructure projects of modern times, forming a 118km route, passing through 40 stations joining Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east in one continuous route.


A programme of this nature not only improves infrastructure resilience, increasing capacity of services by 10%, it also offers opportunity for regeneration of areas which have previously been disconnected. Crossrail will make it quicker, easier and more convenient for passengers from woolwich to reach destinations across London.

The c530 crossrail project covers the mechanical and electrical works at Woolwich Station, Woolwich portal, Plumstead portal and Connaught headhouse.

Entry into the new Woolwich station is via a single 30 metre wide bronze clad portal located at the western end of the complex. A 276 metre‐long box station sits below a new major housing development site. The western end will include public area access to the station, plant rooms and associated equipment, station operations room, passenger and fire fighting lifts, tunnel ventilation fans, escalators to platform level and all architectural finishes.

Balfour Beatty were awarded the C530 contract in September 2014 in role of Principal Contractor, for the completion and fitout of the new station and have made their final supply chain selection for delivery of the works. VVB Engineering have been appointed as MEP Contractor for the Station fitout works at Woolwich and work commenced in March 2016.

The £70m contract also covers the fitout of the two portals at North Woolwich and Plumstead at either end of the Thames Tunnel where Crossrail trains will surface. Work on this contract began in September 2015 and the new station will open in December 2018, when up to 12 trains an hour will link Woolwich with Canary Wharf, central London and Heathrow.

This major infrastructure project will support regional regeneration, the reduction of journey times and the creation of new transport links for local people.

Scope of Works:

The scope of work being provided by VVB Engineering covers the electrical works, which includes containment systems for communication systems, low voltage (LV) and high voltage (HV) electrical supplies, power distribution of LV requirements and LV switchgear to all locations, installation test and commissioning of lighting and lighting controls as well as emergency lighting, access controls, security detection and earthing and bonding requirements. The mechanical works being provided include public health and mechanical installations of sanitary ware, disposal systems, ventilation, water supply systems to some areas, space heating and air conditioning requirements. We are also contracted to install and test the Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) for handback to Balfour for their commissioning activities.


Areas of work included within the MEP work package cover; Woolwich Station East Block, Woolwich Station Central Box, Woolwich West End Box, Plumstead Portal, North Woolwich Portal, Connaught Tunnel Head House Buildings, Plumstead Transformer Building and Woolwich Station Urban Realm.


With such an extensive number of contracts embodying the overall requirements for delivery of the new Elizabeth Line there are significant interfaces to be managed with other supply contractors throughout the works, such as C630 (Tunnel M&E), C680 (Radio Systems), C650 (HV), C670 (SCADA), C660 (Comms & Controls)