Seen as one of the worst bottlenecks within the London rail networks was the 1886 Blackfriars railway bridge over the Thames and its outdated station. To bring them into the 21st century, the £350 million project included the creation of a common entrance at the north end of the rail bridge spanning the River Thames, increasing the length of the platforms to accommodate 50% longer trains, the refurbishment of the Underground station and the construction of a new station on the South Bank of the Thames for the first time in 120 years. The redevelopment increased the station’s capacity from 12 to 24 trains an hour in each direction.
The management of risk on the Blackfriars Project required a fresh approach to the integration of the risk management processes of the Client and Contractor. Equib worked with Network Rail and Balfour Beatty to secure the funding for the project and have provided ongoing and integrated detailed risk analysis and management support throughout this highly complex project, which was delivered on budget and schedule.