Enjoying a solid track record as considerate constructors – BAM Ferrovial Kier Joint Venture on Crossrail

On a site occupying three brownfield sites, the Farringdon Station Crossrail expansion involves the construction of two railway tunnels running 6.4km in length connecting Farringdon to Royal Oak; the point at which the existing Network Rail services enter the tunnels under central London.

This joint venture from (BFK) to construct access tunnels, platforms and ticket halls at the Farringdon Station Crossrail Initiative, scored highly in all aspects of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice, earning additional recognition for protecting the environment and securing everyone’s safety.

Operating in a bustling part of London in terms of traffic and pedestrians, the project is largely surrounded by commercial buildings and some residential neighbourhoods.

One of the most challenging aspects of BFK’s work related to the community and environment, being located in a busy central London location with limited space, while operating throughout the day and night.

Given the scale of the work and the logistical challenges to remove excavated material and deliveries of new material on site this could have had a major impact on the local community.

Here are some examples of best practice initiatives carried out by BFK Joint Venture:

  • The compound walkways are washed daily and the welfare facilities and offices are also cleaned daily and checked following each break session ensuring a clean environment at all times for the workforce and visitors.
  • Bearing in mind the sensitive location, the project team quickly established themselves as a familiar landmark within the area and commuters, residents and workers were informed regularly about operations.
  • Local residents and businesses were given advanced notice of works via email bulletins, letter drops and information boards located around site and site visits were arranged for stakeholders to see the work first hand. These efforts led to a reduction in the number of complaints received, as well as permission being granted to work around the clock to complete the project.
  • The site organised the cleaning and refurbishment of used PPE, which then got donated to charities for use in developing countries.
  • Worked with Boyd Hill community art program in Brixton, where they sent waste timber, nuts and bolts, nails and other useful items which were then remade into various pieces of furniture, garden items and artwork by local children.
  • The station was built with efficient LED lighting, geothermal ground source heat pumps, ethically sourced materials and fittings to reduce energy and water usage.
  • Real time noise and audio monitoring was in place to make sure noise levels didn’t reach too high a level, also activities carried out at the surface that could be noisy were limited at night.
  • BFK had a dedicated health, safety, environment and community liaison team that ensured best practice was carried out throughout the project.
  • Miniature personal video cameras were fitted to operatives that volunteered to wear them. These cameras provided an operatives eye view, for best practice review and training purposes. This led to improvements which may not have been recognised without the cameras.
  • The team engaged with community projects such as St Albans Community Wood Recycling Project. This is a social enterprise working with disadvantaged groups to provide them with new skills and confidence to re-enter the work place.


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