HS2 is celebrating two years of permanent construction of the Old Oak Common Station site in West London.
In June 2021, former Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, gave the greenlight for permanent work to begin on HS2’s super hub station, Old Oak Common.
Since then around 1,900 people have been employed to work on the site to deliver the HS2 ‘super-hub’ station. On average around 1,000 workers are on the site daily.
After being given the signal to start permanent construction, HS2’s Station Construction Partner, Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA Joint Venture (BBVS JV) started work on the the installation of the 1.2 mile diaphragm wall for the underground box which will contain six high-speed platforms.
Over 900 of the 1,600 concrete piles have been installed into the ground where the HS2 station superstructure and overground platforms for the conventional train network will be constructed.
Piling work began earlier this year on the second half of the super-hub – the eight platforms that will be served by Great Western Mainline and Heathrow Express services. It will also become the 42nd stop on the Elizabeth Line. Platform construction will start later this year.
Last month, HS2 completed the demolition of the Wycombe Line Bridge, over Old Oak Common Lane. The disused rail bridge was removed following a weekend road closure, and makes way for the construction of the new Network Rail bridges which allow the Great Western Mainline track alignment to be widened as it approaches the new station.
Speaking about progress at the site, HS2’s project client, Huw Edwards said: “Here at Old Oak Common, we are well underway in our work to construct London’s newest super-hub station. Our work is supporting nearly 2,000 jobs and we are already seeing that the new station is becoming a catalyst for regeneration in the Old Oak and Park Royal area.
“Upon completion, it will harness the close linkage with the newly opened Elizabeth Line, dramatically improving connectivity and creating a new destination to live and work in London.”
Nigel Russell, project director for Balfour Beatty VINCI SYSTRA added: “Together with HS2 and our supply chain partners, we have made great progress at Old Oak Common having most recently celebrated the first concrete base pour for the station box.
“We now look forward to continuing this momentum as we work hard to complete HS2’s ‘super-hub’, which will become one of Britain’s largest, best connected and most sustainable railway stations.”