Gleeds appointed on second Crossrail contract

Gleeds, the international management and construction consultancy, has been appointed on its second Crossrail contract since Europe’s largest construction project began in May 2009. The company has been commissioned by transport manufacturer, Bombardier, to project and cost manage the delivery of a new train depot at Old Oak Common in north west London.

The award follows the announcement that Bombardier secured a major contract with Transport for London to supply, deliver and maintain 65 new trains for Crossrail with a depot to house them by 2018.

Peter Doolin, Vice President of Project Management for Bombardier Transportation UK commented: “This is an incredibly high profile scheme and we needed a high calibre consultant to match, which is why we are very pleased to be announcing Gleeds’ appointment.”

Preparatory works are due to start on site at Old Oak Common in April 2014, with construction commencing in August. Bombardier anticipates that the construction works will create 244 new jobs and 16 apprenticeship opportunities.

This latest win adds to Gleeds’ growing rail portfolio. The company has been working with Crossrail since 2010 surveying properties in close proximity to the new tunnel lines along the length of the route. To date Gleeds building surveyors have assessed over 4,000 properties and in doing so has reduced the amount of time taken to access and analyse survey data by 70% using mobile technology.

Martin Smalley, Head of Rail for Gleeds, said: “We are delighted to be working with Bombardier again, having worked on the construction of their Burton depot some years ago. We will be drawing on our international project and cost management experience to deliver a value for money solution.”