Joseph Gallagher hosted a Family Open Day on Saturday 30th April at our Knightsbridge Station project, led by Joseph Gallagher’s Project Manager Paul Challinor and Pit Boss Alex Zdravkov.
With works nearing completion, it was a great opportunity for the entire project team to show their families and friends what they have been working on.
The event was attended by over 40 people of all ages from Joseph Gallagher, OTB Engineering and London Underground. The day started with a presentation on the project, including the opportunity for the children to hold an FL22 Clay Spade so they could appreciate the hard work that goes into tunnelling of this kind, along with a mock-up of a Timber Heading. This was then followed by a tour of the site and some food and refreshments.
The day was a resounding success, especially as so many children attended, taking an interest in both their parents’ jobs and the tunnelling industry.
“It was a great day, the kids loved it, and it was a fantastic opportunity for them to learn about Engineering first hand.” Dr. Susan Greene, Geotechnics Director OTB Engineering.
OTBe were awarded the £4.5M Knightsbridge Station contract and appointed Joseph Gallagher for the tunnelling works. The contract forms part of Transport for London’s Step Free Access scheme, improving accessibility on the Tube and London Overground.
The original station, designed by Leslie Green was opened in 1906. The station was upgraded in 1934 with escalator access, rendering the lift shafts and associated passageways at lower concourse level redundant. This original, now disused access route is being reused to provide step free access with Joseph Gallagher constructing the following new structures:
- New upper lift lobbies at the end of the existing disused lower concourse passageway tunnels.
- A new lift shaft between the existing lower concourse passageways and the platform tunnels.
- A new lift lobby and cross passage at platform level with an opening into the east and west bound platform tunnels.
- A new station staff passageway between the lower lift lobby and an existing passageway
Construction of the passageways has been completed using “traditional” squareworks, with the permanent works consisting of steel frames encased in concrete or reinforced concrete.
Mick Nolan, London Underground Limited (LUL) Lead Construction Manager, said "Joseph Gallagher and OTBe have done an amazing job for LUL at Knightsbridge Station. Delivering a complex project on time, within budget and most importantly with an excellent safety record. The whole team should be proud of the works and there has been no impact to the operational station. It’s great that your families get to see the fantastic job you have done."
About Joseph Gallagher Ltd
Joseph Gallagher is the leading UK based Civil Engineering & Tunnelling sub-contractor, growing significantly in the last 37 years into an international business. We have an award-winning reputation, industry leading safety culture and have had the privilege to be a part of some of the most critical infrastructure projects taking place today. In the Middle East, we are leading the way in trenchless technology, carrying out all forms of non-disruptive, no dig construction techniques with extensive experience from long sea outfalls and Non-Disruptive Road Crossings to Oil and Gas Pipelines.
About the Joseph Gallagher Group
The Joseph Gallagher Group consists of several businesses that complement the core activities of tunnelling and civil engineering. The companies, combined with our exceptional engineering personnel and focus on "The Right Solution" give us the ability to deal with most technical issues that arise on a project using in-house capability, whilst being able to meet and exceed most client expectations for delivery and value.
About OTB Engineering
OTBe was specifically established in 2005 to provide the operators of London’s underground railway with innovative civil and transportation engineering solutions for growing and maintaining their underground rail infrastructure.
About London Underground Limited
London Underground Limited are a subsidiary company of Transport for London, responsible for operating the London Underground train network and owns (in whole or in part) more than 250 stations.