Manufacturing

Published: June 5, 2022 | Updated: June 5, 2022

Pride as Poole business completes £20m worth of work on the newly launched Elizabeth Line

By Andrew Diprose, editor

A Poole-based business has spoken of its pride after successfully completing £20 million worth of work on the newly opened Elizabeth Line.

Bourne Group Ltd – and specifically two of its companies, Bourne Steel and Bourne Rail and Special Projects – has worked on one of Europe’s biggest construction projects for the last five years.

Also known as Crossrail, the 73-mile (118km) railway line runs from Shenfield, Essex, in the east to Reading, Berkshire, in the west, tunnelling underground through central London.

It cost £19 billion and took 13 years to complete.

Ten new stations were built for the central London section, which connects Paddington, Bond Street, Liverpool St and Canary Wharf.

Up to 200 million passengers are expected to use the service every year.

Although three and a half years later than planned, the Elizabeth Line opened in time for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

It’s initially operating as three separate railways.

Services from Reading, Heathrow and Shenfield will connect with the central tunnels from autumn this year.

The Queen made a surprise visit to Paddington Station to see the completed Elizabeth Line, a week before it opened to the public.

She was joined by her youngest son, the Earl of Wessex, for the official visit.

Bourne Group’s involvement began with a revamp of Reading Station, accounting for some 50,000 man hours.

Subsequently the construction engineering group’s projects included stations at Farringdon, Langley, Hanwell, West Drayton, Southall and Hayes & Harlington.

The work for Crossrail and Transport for London ranged from ticket halls and waiting rooms to access bridges and lifts.

Thousands of tonnes of steel were used in the project.

Farringdon, pictured right, was the first station of the Elizabeth Line in central London to be completed.

It’s the only station to link all three rail networks: Thameslink, Crossrail and London Underground.

Bourne Steel provided structural steelwork and decking packages for the new East and West ticket halls and offices as well as step-free Access for All to new platforms, 25m below street level.

A total of 3,200 tonnes of heavy plate girders and complex trusses were installed, creating the new ticket halls and also the structural frame for future oversite development at the station.

​Bourne Steel also delivered Farringdon’s rooflights.

These were specifically designed to ensure that the cladding, louvres and large glazed panels could be pre-installed off-site.

Modules were transported from Poole to London and lifted and installed over four nights.

It resulted in a nine week reduction compared to a traditional approach, saving some £60,000 in site management costs.

The initiative almost completely eliminated the need to work at height.

Nigel Moss, Group Development Director, pictured left, said up to 100 of Bourne’s 180-plus team had worked on the Elizabeth Line project.

He added: “We all feel very proud to be involved with such a prestigious project.”

Based in St Clements Road, Poole, Bourne dates back to 1946 and is one of the UK’s top five steel fabricators.

The group had a turnover of just under £63 million in the year to October 31, 2021.

London’s Mayor Sadiq Khan has described the Elizabeth Line as a “roaring success”.

More than a million journeys were made on the central section in the first five days and two million journeys across the whole line.