EARLS COURT ICE LECTURE

Esher 4 May 2017: More than 200 people attended The Earls Court Lecture at The Institution of Civil Engineers’ Telford Theatre in London on 3 May to hear speakers from The Earls Court Partnership, London Underground, Keltbray and ALE to provide an insight into the major civil engineering challenges and innovations undertaken as part of the redevelopment of Earls Court.

The Earls Court Partnership (a Joint Venture between Capital & Counties and Transport for London), and the other parties, which have been working intensively and collaboratively on the award-winning site for more than two years, joined forces for the evening lecture to discuss the opportunity and redevelopment of Earls Court, and how collaboration has been the key to unlock project value.

Managing Director & Chief Investment Officer for Capco Gary Yardley talked about Earls Court as the largest regeneration scheme in Europe based on scale and value, and how this ‘hidden gem’ provides the unique opportunity for the public and private sectors to join forces and ‘create and curate’ a new part of London.

Meanwhile, Principal Outside Parties Engineer for London Underground, Steve Lugg, spoke about how this project has required the invested parties to develop solutions that can help to evolve this key area of London whilst safeguarding the local railway infrastructure, which includes a complex network of tunnels, tracks and underground and overground stations.

Technical Manager for Keltbray, Dave Rowe, and Director of Wentworth House Partnership, Stuart Vaughan, discussed the engineering challenges, options and unique solutions developed for the deconstruction and enabling works on site, including deployment of a heavy lifting crane.

This is the biggest in Europe and has been developed by ALE; whose UK Engineering Manager, Jeremy Haylock, gave the audience a greater insight into how this crane (AL.SK190), operates and is now carefully being used to lift 61 80 to 1500-tonne portal beams out from over the rail infrastructure that lie below the former exhibition centres, thus significantly shortening project timescales.

Keltbray’s Group Managing Director, John Price, said: “This project is a showcase in collaboration and innovation, and the lecture clearly illustrated how our joint efforts have helped move this key project forward. All parties have worked tirelessly to ensure the most appropriate technology was chosen to minimise risk to the rail infrastructure assets and disruption to neighbours in the area, and we are immensely proud of our achievements so far, and to be associated with this visionary project.”

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