The Tunnelling and Underground Construction Academy (TUCA) is a purpose-built training facility that supports the key skills required to work in tunnel excavation, underground construction and infrastructure. The volume of tunnelling and underground construction work taking place in the Capital over the next decade is unprecedented. The Thames Tideway Tunnel, National Grid and EDF electricity cable tunnels all require significant numbers of skilled people, and in the longer term, projects such as Crossrail 2 and High Speed 2.
By building and establishing TUCA, Crossrail is contributing to the development of new qualifications and Health and Safety standards across the industry. TUCA ensures that Crossrail has the skills needed for its construction and will continue after the Crossrail project is complete as a specialist training centre for other tunnelling projects.
Visitors will receive an update on the Crossrail project followed by a guided tour of the facilities such as: plant maintenance; simulated pit-top / pit-bottom; Sprayed Concrete Lining laboratory; and concrete testing laboratory. TUCA is located at Aldersbrook Sidings on the border of Newham and Redbridge. The site is a ten minute walk from Ilford station making it easily accessible by train. Trains run regularly from Liverpool Street station. Further information on TUCA can be found on the Crossrail website .
The construction of Crossrail through the heart of London is resulting in one of the most extensive archaeological programmes ever undertaken in the UK. One of the core objectives of the Crossrail archaeology programme is the dissemination of archaeology information to the wider archaeological community. Following on from two archaeological exhibitions showcasing our findings in 2012 and 2014, in early 2015 Crossrail will be allowing exclusive access to view a live archaeological dig in Liverpool Street.
To date, we have found over 10,000 artefacts right across the route. The finds uncovered from our work sites include prehistoric animal bones, Roman remains, human remains from the infamous ‘Bedlam’ psychiatric hospital and remnants of Britain’s industrial past.
Visitors will receive an update on the Crossrail project including a highlight on some of the most interesting archaeological finds to date, followed by a view of the dig area. The dig will be located in Liverpool Street, a five minute walk from Liverpool Street Station making it easily accessible by London Underground or overground services. Further information on the Crossrail archaeology programme can be found on the Crossrail website .
Tottenham Court Road is a major interchange and a gateway to one of the UK’s largest retail areas. The station was not designed to cope with the 150,000 passenger journeys that are made now to, from, and through the station every day. When Crossrail becomes operational, that number is expected to rise to 200,000 journeys per day. Tottenham Court Road is benefiting from more than £1bn of investment towards a new Crossrail station and a Tube station that will be rebuilt by the end of 2016. The works at TCR will include construction of a new larger ticket hall, new access to the Northern and Central line platforms to reduce congestion, new lifts providing step-free access from the street to all platforms, new escalators serving both Northern Line and Crossrail services and general improvements such as better lighting and CCTV cameras to deliver a better experience to customers.
Conditions of attending : Only 6 delegates can be accommodated, full PPE will be supplied – names/sizes must be given. Confirmation of names/sizes must be received by Thursday 5th March. Once names have been given no changes will be accepted. Delegates need to bring photo ID.
Victoria is one of London’s busiest and most congested interchanges. The entrances often have to be closed for short periods several times a day, with the number of people passing through rising 20% in 10 years. This visit will showcase the works behind the New ticket hall and tunnels, 9 new escalators, 8 new lifts providing step-free access, the existing ticket hall doubling in size, and station-wide modernisation.
Conditions of attending: Only 6 delegates can be accommodated, full PPE will be supplied – names/sizes must be given. Confirmation of names/sizes must be received by Thursday 5th March. Once names have been given no changes will be accepted. Delegates need to bring photo ID.
Bank Station currently caters for some 48M passengers each year visiting the very heart of the financial centre of London. This project will provide a new step free entrance to Bank Station, and gives direct access to the Waterloo and City Line from Walbrook Square. The LU team are working closely with the developer, Bloomberg who is constructing their new European Headquarters on the site with their Construction Managers Sir Robert Mc Alpine. The Basement ‘box’ will be handed over to London Underground in August 2015 to enable fit out with escalators, lifts and a new ticket hall. The design and build contract includes two 5.5m hand dug tunnels linking the station box with the Waterloo and City line platforms.
Conditions of attending : 24 delegates can be accommodated. Participants must bring their own boots – all other PPE - Hard Hat, HiVi’s, Gloves and Glasses will be provided. Confirmation of names must be received by Thursday 5th March. Once names have been given no changes will be accepted. Delegates need to bring photo ID.