I stopped off in Moorgate on my way past earlier this week to check up on progress of the works to construct an access shaft immediately outside Moorgate Underground Station. The shaft is part of the Crossrail project and will form part of the eventual Liverpool Street Crossrail Station.
The works appear to be progressing well despite the recent bad weather. Steel sheet piles have been installed to the hold up the ground beneath us when excavation of the shaft takes place proper (not for a while yet) and the existing building foundations all seem to have gone (except maybe for the existing piles). The steel sheet piles have been installed using a ‘silent piler’ – see photo below.
The current work appears to be focussing on diverting an existing sewer that runs through the site and that is in the way of the diaphragm walling operations that will soon be starting.
Other than that nothing much appears to be happening. Unfortunately on such a small site there is little option but to do items of work one step at a time – there is little opportunity for concurrent activities.
Once the sewer is diverted the works will progress rapidy so if you are interested in following this project it would be worth calling in a few times in the next few months – and you can see the works really clearly from the ‘Highwalk’ bridge where I was standing to take the photos. Exit Moorgate Station and turn right then up the escalator onto the highwalk then turm immediately left and you will see the site.
I have uploaded an album of photos to my Piacasaweb photo sharing site here. Included below are a selection of those photos which all open to larger versions in a new window on clicking.
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