HS2’s landmark super-hub, Old Oak Common is marking a key milestone as it marks two years of permanent construction.
Work on the site has gathered pace and significant progress has been made. A total workforce of 1,900 people are supporting the delivery of the HS2 'super-hub' station, with the site itself welcoming around 1,000 workers each day.
Excavation of the box is also well underway, with 275 diaphragm wall panels being installed alongside work on the underground box which will house six high-speed platforms. This has also been reinforced with 161 bearing piles, the largest being 2.2 metres in diameter.
Further work will be carried out with piling work on the second half of the super-hub to begin - the eight platforms that will be served by Great Western Mainline and Heathrow Express services. Once completed, it will also become the 42nd stop on the Elizabeth Line. Platform construction for this section is scheduled to take place later this year.
Speaking about the progress at the site, HS2’s project client, Huw Edwards, said: “Here at Old Oak Common, we are well underway in our work to construct London’s newest super-hub station. Our work is supporting nearly 2,000 jobs and we are already seeing that the new station is becoming a catalyst for regeneration in the Old Oak and Park Royal area.
"Upon completion, it will harness the close linkage with the newly opened Elizabeth Line, dramatically improving connectivity and creating a new destination to live and work in London.”
Later this year, the eastern end of the ten-hectare site will be handed over the HS2’s London Tunnels Contractor, Skanska Costain STRABAG joint venture (SCS JV), for the breakthrough of the Tunnelling Boring Machine, named Lydia, which will have completed the construction of an 850m long logistics tunnel from the nearby Atlas Road site.
Photo Credit: HS2 Ltd.
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