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Old June 1st, 2009, 09:15 PM   #81
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http://www.building.co.uk/story.asp?...de=3141679&c=1

Arup and Atkins scoop first Crossrail station design job

29 May, 2009

By Dan Stewart

First design contracts let for Crossrail go to Arup/Atkins JV, Mott MacDonald and Capita

A joint venture between Arup and Atkins has won the first contract to design a station for the £15bn Crossrail programme.

The companies will design Tottenham Court Road station with principal architect Hawkins\Brown

Arup joins MacDonald and Capita Symonds in winning the first set of contracts for detailed design services on Crossrail.

Arup has won two packages; one to design Tottenham Court Road Station and the other to design bored tunnels for the £15bn project.

Capita Symonds has won a contract to design the Royal Oak portal, as revealed in Building this week, and Mott MacDonald has won a contract to design sprayed concrete lining.

Dr Graham Plant, programme director at Crossrail said: “These first design packages give the Crossrail project further impetus following the commencement of construction at Canary Wharf earlier this month. The awards mark the start of project’s detailed design stage.”

The twelve engineering firms on the design framework are: Aedas, Atkins, BDP, Capita Symonds, Halcrow, Hyder, Jacobs UK, Mott MacDonald, Arup, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Scott Wilson, and WSP.
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Interesting - Hawkins Brown have been involved with TCR for a while now and developed this design for the piazza.http://www.hawkinsbrown.co.uk/portfo...12&projectId=5
although looking at their renders they didn't appear to get chosen to design the station entrances.

They also designed this scheme to enlarge the station; http://www.hawkinsbrown.co.uk/portfo...12&projectId=4

I wonder how much of the "above ground" construction they will do now?
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Old June 2nd, 2009, 09:18 PM   #83
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CROSSRAIL APPOINTS ARUP/ATKINS TO DESIGN TWIN BORE TUNNELS


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Crossrail Ltd has confirmed the appointment of an Arup/Atkins team to undertake one of the largest and most important elements of the Crossrail project – the detailed design of the major twin tunnels to be bored beneath Central London.

In all there will be 46 km of 6m diameter tunnel in two parallel bores along a 23km route running from Paddington through to the East of London. This will include a crossing beneath the Thames at Woolwich and interfaces with six major new underground stations. The tunnels will be constructed using Tunnel Boring Machines and it will be one of the largest tunnelling projects in Europe at present.

Duncan Wilkinson, Arup Project Director, said: “This has been a momentous week for Crossrail, Arup and all involved in the project so far. The appointment of the Arup/Atkins team builds on a number of major rail projects across the world where we have successfully collaborated with Atkins.

“Meanwhile, groundbreaking at the new Canary Wharf Station, of which Arup is lead designer, demonstrates that the project is now truly gathering momentum. We look forward to contributing our knowledge and skills in making the Crossrail vision a reality.”

David Tonkin, Managing Director of Atkins rail business, said: "Crossrail is set to become one of the world’s most prestigious new rail links that demands engineers of the highest calibre and experience. Atkins brings a wealth of expertise from other successful international metro-style projects such as the Dubai Metro, South Africa’s Gautrain, Copenhagen metro, and numerous projects for Hong Kong’s MTRC and KCRC.”

Above ground, the team will also undertake assessment and the design of protection measures for almost 4500 buildings that might be affected by settlement from the tunnelling work, of which around 250 are listed. Peak resourcing during the18 month design period will reach over 150 staff working in a collaborative design environment within CRL's Canary Wharf offices.
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Old June 13th, 2009, 09:26 AM   #84
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Crossrail announce second batch of contracts
12 June, 2009 | By Ed Owen

The second series of contracts have been awarded to companies holding Crossrail design frameworks, with some familiar names among the winners.

As reported last week, Scott Wilson has won the contract to design the enlarged Farringdon station. It has also picked-up the Pudding Mill Lane portal contract just to the west of the Olympic Park at Stratford.

Atkins, with Grimshaw Architects, picks up a further contract for architecture, covering the design and specification of interior elements such as the wall and ceiling finishes, cladding systems, seating, lighting, and wayfinding. This is on top of two contracts won in conjunction with Arup, for bored tunnels and Tottenham Court Road.

Atkins’ Crossrail programme delivery director Simon Layzell, said: “Integrating art into the fabric of the architecture, and considering light, tactile, aural and visual qualities alongside practical and functional performance will deliver a unique travelling experience. Crossrail will become a benchmark in world transport infrastructure design”.

Mott MacDonald adds to sprayed concrete linings with tunnel and shaft aerodynamics.

Programme Director at Crossrail Dr Graham Plant said: “With firms now selected for the second set of design packages the Crossrail programme is now firmly within the detailed design phase. We look forward to working closely with all the successful companies in driving forward the design process in advance of main construction works beginning in 2010.”

Under the Crossrail Design Framework Agreements announced in December 2008, the selected firms for each of the seven design categories have the opportunity to compete for packages of design work on the project.

The contracts in this second set are as follows:

Package C100 - Architectural Component Design - Atkins
Package C152 - Pudding Mill Lane Portal - Scott Wilson
Package C124 - Tunnels and Shafts Aerodynamics and Ventilation - Mott MacDonald
Package C136 - Farringdon Station Design - Scott Wilson
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Old June 13th, 2009, 01:11 PM   #85
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Scott Wilson, nice one. Responsible for the Spinnaker Tower.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #86
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More promising news design-wise;

http://www.bdonline.co.uk/story.asp?...hannel=426&c=1

Grimshaw and Atkins to design Crossrail fixtures and fittings
15 June, 2009

By Will Hurst, David Rogers

Atkins is to join forces with Grimshaw Architects after winning the contract to ensure standardisation of fixtures and fittings across a series of new stations planned on London’s massive Crossrail scheme.

Atkins beat Aedas, BDP and Mott MacDonald to the C100 deal, better known as the architectural component contract, which will cover stations on the main central London section of the of the £16 billion development including Paddington, Bond Street and Farringdon.

The four giant bidders are part of a dozen strong design framework chosen to compete for packages of work on the project.

The Atkins team will include specialist designers from Grimshaw who will help deliver the design excellence required for interior elements such as the wall and ceiling finishes, cladding systems, seating, lighting, and wayfinding.

Simon Layzell, Atkins’ Crossrail programme delivery director said: “Crossrail is set to be one of the most heavily used lines in the UK and getting the interior design right at the stations is crucial.

“Integrating art into the fabric of the architecture, and considering light, tactile, aural and visual qualities alongside practical and functional performance will deliver a unique travelling experience. Crossrail will become a benchmark in world transport infrastructure design”.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 01:03 PM   #87
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That's great i'm sure they will do a good job.
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Old June 15th, 2009, 05:43 PM   #88
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Excellent. Grimshaw are really good at this sort of thing, just so long as they get an appropriate budget!
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Old June 16th, 2009, 04:42 AM   #89
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I wish someone would actually post some photos of the construction of the Isle of Dogs station.....there isn't a single photo on nearly 5 full pages of threads!!
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Old June 16th, 2009, 03:02 PM   #90
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I wish someone would actually post some photos of the construction of the Isle of Dogs station.....there isn't a single photo on nearly 5 full pages of threads!!
Well I did take some last month when I was in London but they maybe a bit out of date to post now. But I would expect the site has not changed much since then.
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Old June 17th, 2009, 11:48 PM   #91
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I really hope the new stations are finished well. Normal tube stations are, obviously, pretty standard and utilitarian due to such high usage and construction constraints.

I just hope they use the JLE stations as an example of how to do something well. Its the little touches, and quality of materials used that matter. We're spending enough on this to warrent some spectacular stations!
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Old June 26th, 2009, 10:04 AM   #92
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Anger as Crossrail chief questions value of design
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26 June, 2009

By Will Hurst, Marguerite Lazell

Alsop, Ritchie and MacCormac point to Jubilee Line Extension’s legacy

Leading architects who worked on London’s Jubilee Line Extension have condemned comments by the new chairman of Crossrail after he questioned the importance of the project’s design legacy.
Terry Morgan
We have to decide how far we take the idea of a design legacy... that’s where costs go

Just three weeks after taking up his post leading the £16 billion project, Terry Morgan gave short shrift to a question about the importance of good design at a New London Architecture planning conference on Tuesday.

“As an engineer I think we have to look at the balance between visual aspects and how they work,” he said. “We have to decide on how far we take the idea of a design legacy. That’s where the costs go very quickly if you’re not careful.”

While the architecture of the JLE was widely seen to have benefited from the patronage of then London Underground chief architect Roland Paoletti, Crossrail has no such design champion, and Morgan’s comments have alarmed JLE architects Will Alsop, Richard MacCormac and Ian Ritchie.

Alsop, who designed North Greenwich station and worked on early designs for the Paddington Crossrail station, said: “This is indicative of architects always getting the blame [for overruns] and the idea that good design costs more. Patently, that’s not true.

“Crossrail needs to instruct its architects properly; then we can provide good design and keep costs down.”

Alsop attacked the idea that high quality architecture had led to cost overruns on the JLE as “bullshit”, saying: “The architecture budget is minuscule compared to other costs on a project like Crossrail. The cost of North Greenwich was to do with the services, which kept going up… having the colour blue didn’t make it more expensive.”

Richard MacCormac said an obsession with cost alone was “dismal”, and pointed out his practice had actually saved money at Southwark station.

“Within the first few weeks [of starting the job] we took the engineering designs and managed to reduce the length of the passenger tunnels by 60 metres.

“The cost was about £100,000 per metre, so we what we saved was rather in excess of our fee.

“The public sector seems unable to disentangle cost and value. Stations should be exhilarating. If all you talk about is cost, that’s pretty dismal.”

Ian Ritchie agreed,saying Morgan had misunderstood the role of the architect.

“He is coming from the client side that believes architects come in at the end to do painting and decorating,” he said. “Good design produces the right answer for the budget available.”

Is Terry Morgan right to worry that design could cause cost overruns on crossrail?

Head of urban design at SOM’s London office

“He admitted he was an engineer and said that in his eyes the designs he’d seen looked good. His caveat was the challenge of the tight budget – it’s challenging to get the money in place. Good architecture doesn’t have to cost more. The Jubilee Line Extension is fantastic — the architects took the money and put it to use. All you need to do is engage architects throughout the process.”

Peter Murray
Chairman of conference host New London Architecture

“There is a view among people that the JLE was extravagant. It’s also a widely held view among engineers that good architecture is inherently expensive. A lot of architects have been waiting to hear from the new management whether design would be a priority — Morgan didn’t give that impression. They hoped he’d provide a strong lead in matching the JLE’s standard.”

Simon Tyler
Business director at Mossessian & Partners

“Good design doesn’t need to be more expensive. Intelligent, yes, but not expensive — and intelligent design does not lead to increased costs. Correction or use of bad design is expensive. It’s a misconception that he put across. Any good architectural practice is very considerate of cost. Morgan was there to represent his role in finance and delivery. But as an architectural practice, it’s disappointing to hear this.”
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Old June 26th, 2009, 02:24 PM   #93
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how do these tedious numpties get into positions of power?! Do they actually read anything outside of people management school?
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Through endless lies and sucking up to people..saying what 'they think' people want to hear.
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how do these tedious numpties get into positions of power?!
errr, he is one of the best public transport project managers this contry has got....
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Whatever any architect says - as a generalisation - you get what you pay for. Its simple.

Of course there are exceptions, but on the whole its true.

By that I dont mean good architecture is expensive, but to get the wow factor it costs money, its blatantly obvious. Otherwise we wouldnt have the phrase 'value engineering' would we?
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Old June 27th, 2009, 01:22 PM   #97
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alsop's right, the services are what bumps up the cost of development's, they always underbuget for it and then suddenly it's twice the cost, this is where cuts should be made not in architecture.
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Construction companies working on the £16bn Crossrail scheme are bracing themselves for a suspension of work on the project if the Conservatives win the next general election.

Any new Tory Government is expected to review Crossrail's future as it looks to rein back on public sector spending to rebalance the country's finances.

And consultants and contractors already working on the scheme are preparing for bad news.

One senior project source told Contract Journal: "Of course there are worries about spending levels after the next election.

"If there is a change of government they will have another look at Crossrail which could mean some period of pause and delay on the project."

Construction work officially started on Crossrail in May when Laing O'Rourke's Expanded division began digging on a new station at Canary Wharf.

Demolition work is also underway around Tottenham Court Road while a raft of consultants have been appointed ahead of main construction work starting on the tunnelled sections in 2010.

London Mayor Boris Johnson is believed to be concerned whether the capital can afford to fund Crossrail and complete the ambitious Tube modernisation plans.

The source said: "It's simply a case of there not being enough money for both. There could be some difficult choices to be made in the next year or so for the future of transport in London.

His fears have been echoed privately throughout the industry. One contractor planning to bid for work on the project said: "I won't believe the project is definitely going ahead until they get the TBMs in."

Meanwhile, Transport for London revealed moves this week to reduce the funding gap for Tube upgrade works by £2.5bn, by deferring work, cutting 1,000 jobs and changing engineering contracts in the wake of Metronet's collapse.

Under the new budget plans for three quarters of the Tube network, £800m will be saved by postponing the improvements to 50 stations. There will be a £500m saving from new terms with suppliers, and a further £200m cost reduction from carrying out some projects more efficiently.

http://www.contractjournal.com/Artic...or-delays.html
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Old June 27th, 2009, 02:20 PM   #99
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More ill timed scare mongering.

And I don't believe for a moment Boris is going to cancel this, if anything his is more enthusisastic about this then Ken.
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Old June 27th, 2009, 02:21 PM   #100
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Would it not be the Tory Chancellor that would cancel it and not Boris?
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