In 2010 our Consultancy Team were approached by several contractors working on the award winning infrastructure project, Crossrail. They required a system that would enable them to excavate quickly and efficiently from the various shaft locations all over inner city London.
The metropolis of London has been occupied for two millennia and over that time has acquired a hugenetwork of subterranean structures, up to 80 metres deep.
The complexity of existing tunnels meant that stations and shafts had to be excavated in specific locations. The shaft openings for the tunnels were awkwardly placed as they were in inner city locations, causing friction between the construction site and the surrounding environment.
Contractors and their partners constantly faced opposition from the local businesses and residents about the traffic and noise pollution. At some project locations our partners were under pressure fromthe authorities and were starting to worry about meeting the necessary deadlines.
By working with the contractors we began to understand the multi-faceted challenges that they faced. We analysed the site methodology and processes to understand how we could meet their needs, while keeping all involved parties happy.
We resolved the situation by creating a system which meant that contractors could excavate and transfer the waste directly into waste management vehicles.
BulkX was born.
Not only was this much more efficient than any traditional method it reduced the level of noise and dust pollution as less machines were required on site and excavation waste didn’t have to be stockpiled. As a result, excavation at Crossrail became more flexible and had less of an impact on the local community and environment.