Utilities diverted around Crossrail station at Woolwich

Posted: Tuesday 15th May 2012

Complex utility diversions have been completed around a new Crossrail station at Woolwich by the civil engineering contractor J Browne. The Company managed the re-routing of a 300mm water main, a similar sized gas main and telecommunication cables.

Utility diversions had to be carried out before main contractor O’Keefe Construction could begin building the station ‘box’ beneath the ground. “Our operatives are highly skilled and very quick at digging excavations, so we managed to complete our works two days early,” said Browne’s Connections Manager Pat Kavanagh. “Much was riding on this job because there were large financial penalties if works had overrun.”

The Crossrail station at Woolwich is being developed near the site of a former Royal Arsenal ammunitions factory. New utility installations were wrapped with protective coverings to ensure they do not deteriorate.

Browne has over 30 years’ experience of installing and diverting utilities such as clean and waste water services – and often works in very busy urban areas. It recently extended its sewer connection services across London and the Home Counties and is keen to undertake projects of any size for property developers, architects and builders.

One of the major selling points of Browne’s sewer connections service is that the company manages the complete package of works. It not only constructs new connections, but looks after drainage design and deals with all of the associated administration including streetworks notices and traffic orders as well.

Browne can also set out traffic management and diversions using its specialist in house team and deals directly with a local authority’s highway, building control and planning departments.

Recent jobs include sewer installations at a new development near Trafalgar Square, another in Mayfair on behalf of Sir Robert McAlpine and a third for a large apartment complex at Dickens Yard in Ealing, built by St George.

The team is also working to install connections to the Three Quays development near Tower Bridge on behalf of developer Mace. “We are making great progress with developing our sewer connections business and are proud to have completed a series of major schemes on behalf of large clients,” said Pat.

“We see ourselves as a one stop shop for clients involved in new development and provide a specialist workforce with experience of working safely in deep trenches, shafts and tunnels,” said Pat. “We are geared up to provide our services for a full range of clients, from developers of large commercial schemes to individual homeowners modifying their properties.”

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