Deeply em­bed­ded in ev­ery as­pect of Cross­rail, SYSTRA’s role is to en­sure ev­ery task is car­ried out to the let­ter, writes PAUL STEPHEN

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How SYSTRA is polic­ing the project to en­sure ev­ery task is car­ried out to the let­ter.

In or­der to de­liver Europe’s largest con­struc­tion project at a cost of £14.8 bil­lion, it’s no sur­prise that Cross­rail Ltd needed an ex­haus­tive strat­egy. With a ver­i­ta­ble army of de­sign­ers, con­trac­tors and other stake­hold­ers care­fully as­sem­bled prior to the first spades be­ing plunged into the ground, the im­por­tance was para­mount in em­ploy­ing an over­ar­ch­ing plan to prevent any of these in­di­vid­ual com­po­nents from los­ing sight of the project’s main aims.

The strat­egy even­tu­ally de­vel­oped by Cross­rail Ltd there­fore had sev­eral strands. Nat­u­rally it fea­tured an out­line of the project’s com­plex de­liv­ery pro­gramme. But it was a dec­la­ra­tion of the com­pany’s vi­sion and val­ues, in­clud­ing a firm and un­shake­able com­mit­ment to achiev­ing best prac­tice, sus­tain­abil­ity and re­spon­si­ble pro­cure­ment for the du­ra­tion of the build.

The strat­egy spelt out not only what would be de­liv­ered and by when, but cru­cially how the project would be de­liv­ered, in a man­ner sub­scrib­ing to these high stan­dards and strict eth­i­cal codes.

To ex­e­cute this strat­egy, SYSTRA were part of the team with Bech­tel and CH2M, ap­pointed to serve as Cross­rail’s Project De­liv­ery Part­ner (PDP) in 2009.

From be­fore the start of tun­nelling in 2012 right through to the com­mence­ment of pas­sen­ger oper­a­tions in De­cem­ber 2018, the PDP forms a core part of Cross­rail Ltd’s in­te­grated man­age­ment team, over­see­ing the de­vel­op­ment of de­tailed de­signs, pro­cure­ment, con­struc­tion and com­mis­sion­ing.

It is also re­spon­si­ble for manag­ing the con­sul­tants and con­trac­tors work­ing on all phases of the project, and where Cross­rail in­ter­faces with its many ex­ter­nal part­ners and stake­hold­ers, in­clud­ing the likes of Net­work Rail, Lon­don Un­der­ground and the Na­tional Grid.

I’m in charge of de­liv­er­ing the trac­tion power feeder sta­tions that take power from the Na­tional Grid. Xavier de Vi­mal, Head of Trac­tion Power and OHLE, SYSTRA

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