Wood Lane Station – Construction Management

Wood Lane LU Station

The LBA personnel included the Engineering Manager, who took the project from contract award through to successful project handover, and the Package Manager for the main superstructure steelwork (incl. the platform, bridge and lift steelwork). For a short period, LBA also provided assistance with on site supervision of labour. By having experience of Costain internal processes/procedures from previous projects, the LBA personnel were able to integrate well into the Costain team and played key role in successful completion of the project.

Project Details

Client Costain for Westfield/London Underground
Date 2008
Skills Engineering & Design Management, Risk Management, Survey & Monitoring Management, Assurance management
Value £50m aprox.

Project Description
The new Wood Lane Station on the Hammersmith and City Line is located along Wood Lane, opposite the BBC Television Centre and between the existing stations at Latimer Road and Shepherds Bush. It is the first new station to be constructed on an existing and un-extended Tube line for over 70 years. The new station forms part of the transport infrastructure enhancements related to the White City leisure and retail development and the urban regeneration of the area as a whole.

The new station is located on the existing 19th Century Hammersmith and City Line brick viaduct and above the three existing Central Line cuttings that pass directly beneath the viaduct. London Underground required both railways to remain fully operational throughout the construction process with major safety critical works taking place during night-time “Engineering Hours” and one or two weekend possessions. The station commenced on site in September 2006 and opened to the public on October 12th 2008.

The station combines old and new with the old viaduct brick arches incorporated into the modern stainless steel and glass structure to create a striking and spacious ticket hall with step free access provided by two 21-person lifts serving each platform, with Braille, audio and visual information. The landmark station boasts innovations such as an intelligent zonal public address system and energy efficient lighting that reacts automatically to where people are on the platform or particular parts of the station. There are also heat recovery systems and other energy conservation initiatives used, a relatively new concept for such transport infrastructure.
Costain Ltd was awarded the contract for the Construction Management of the new station in 2006 after the successful completion of the earlier White City works and bridge slide. The main works comprised of:


  • The clearance and demolition of several existing derelict buildings and lean to’s located within the viaduct arches
  • Realignment of the existing track and moving of the conductor rail to suit a constant radius through the new platform area
  • Construction of a new deck over the Central Line to form the base of the new two storey station building
  • Piling adjacent to the Hammersmith, Central and Depot Feeder lines
  • Construction of the new curved platforms, structural steel supports and canopies
  • Construction of a new raised pedestrian footway outside the station to suit the new ticket hall raised above the Central Line
  • Construction of four new lift shafts and the installation of lift cars and associated electrical equipment
  • Installation and commissioning of associated communication, mechanical & electrical works, with full integration to the existing network

Project Highlights

Wood Lane Station has been nominated for two awards in 2009, the Prime Minister’s Award for Better Public Building and the BCIA Civil Engineering Project Award for projects of £3m to £50m.

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