Joint venture will construct two ventilation and access shafts

Crossrail station platform mock-up

A Costain and Skanska joint venture has won a £40m contract to deliver two ventilation and access shafts for Crossrail.

The two shafts will be constructed at Elanor Street and Mile End Park in the east of the capital.

The shafts will house ventilation and emergency exit facilities between Stratford and Liverpool Street stations.  Both shafts will extend around 30 metres below ground. 

Construction will get underway during the later half of 2012.

Andy Mitchell, Crossrail programme director said: “To enable future rail services to operate through the new rail tunnels, ventilation and access shafts are required to be constructed at various locations along the route including Eleanor Street and Mile End Park in east London.

“We are working closely with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets and Greenwich Leisure Ltd to ensure that Mile End Park’s sports facilities remain fully accessible throughout the works.”