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Paddington station gets facelift

Carillion has walked off with the first of Crossrail’s major station contracts after landing the main Paddington Integrated Project job, which has an estimated value of between £25m and £100m.

The contractor, which is already undertaking enabling works on the PIP site under package C271 6561, saw off competition from BAM Nuttall, Bovis Lend Lease, Laing O’Rourke, Morgan Sindall and Vinci Construction to clinch C272.

Plans for the PIP have been drawn up to allow the Paddington taxi rank to be relocated to clear space for the new Crossrail station to be dug under Departures Road and Eastbourne Terrace. The new taxi facility, on the other side of the station, forms part of a package developed with Network Rail and London Underground that includes upgrading the sub-surface Hammersmith & City line station and providing a new canal-side entrance to this and the main Paddington terminus.

PIP works include building a new gateline and concourse above Hammersmith & City line platforms with views across the throat of Paddington station. A new taxi turnround will be constructed on the redundant London Street/Red Star deck, currently used by Morgan Sindall as a site compound while it carries out work on the Brunel station shed’s fourth roof span. Lifts and escalators from this taxi deck will be installed to provide access to and from Paddington station concourse.

A new taxi ramp will be built to link the turnround with Bishop’s Bridge Road. The scheme also includes provision for a future commercial development above the upgraded Hammersmith & City line station.

taken from Transport briefing

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