Worksop Galvanizing's expertise has seen it called upon to play a part in the huge redevelopment of a train station which is set to become one of the most vital transport hubs in the UK.
The plant has galvanized more than 300 tonnes of structural steelwork used to build a new ticket office at Farringdon Station in the London Borough of Islington.
Dorset-based structural steelwork specialist Bourne Steel Limited has used the steel as part of the ongoing construction of a new integrated ticket hall built opposite the existing entrance on Cowcross Street. The work forms part of a massive upgrade to the station being carried out through the Thameslink Programme and Crossrail project, which are aiming to revolutionise rail transport across the capital.
Dave Lehan, Fabrication Manager of Bourne Group, said: “Because of the need to keep passenger disruption to a minimum during the project, a lot of our initial work has been carried out overnight or at weekends, which has meant we’ve had to run to a very tight schedule. The team at Worksop Galvanizing has really gone out of its way to ensure the galvanized steelwork has been delivered on-site promptly, often through overnight transportation or deliveries to coincide with planned road closures in the area.”
Paul Robinson, Commercial Manager of Worksop Galvanizing, commented: “Galvanizing the beams, girders and other structural steelwork ahead of construction, which sees it given a protective zinc coating, will ensure the new ticket office is offered long-term and ongoing protection against rust and corrosion.”
The £6 billion Thameslink Programme and £15 billion Crossrail initiative are expected to both be completed by 2018. Once concluded, Farringdon Station will connect to four airports (Gatwick, Luton, Heathrow and London City) and two international train stations (St Pancras and Stratford). It will also become the only station from which passengers will be able to access all three main rail networks; the north-to-south Thameslink service, the east-to-west Crossrail line, and the London underground.