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Crossrail West Stations Project visit for Civil Engineering students

Minds at work: students engaged in the group quiz

First year BEng Civil and Environmental Engineering students had an opportunity to visit Crossrail West Stations Project site 62 at Haven Green, Ealing Broadway with Taylor Woodrow and Network Rail.

Senior members of staff from both Taylor Woodrow and Network Rail gave presentations on engineering design, management and operation, health and safety, environment and career pathways, giving the students a rare insight into the engineering design and management processes at Crossrail West’s stations.  

The students heard case studies on:

  • the architectural and structural design of the enhanced stations
  • footbridge installations
  • the challenges of working around existing stations
  • ground and project constraints
  • engineering solutions
  • health and safety and risk assessments
  • environmental assessment and waste management

They also competed for quiz prizes on health and safety and environmental waste management.

Taylor Woodrow’s Crossrail West Stations Director Aiden Goggins and Network Rail Senior Programme Manager (Stations) Simon Pledger answered students queries on different engineering disciplines and the processes and procedures required to deliver Crossrail. Finally, John Lucas, Taylor Woodrow Mobilisation and Resources Manager gave an overview of career planning and progression in various civil engineering fields.

Students also learned about the VINCI Graduate Scheme and were inspired to meet the challenges of the industry. Student Ann Isabella Lavers said:

‘A big thank you to Taylor Woodrow and Network Rail professionals who made us feel very welcome. All of the presenters’ friendliness, enthusiasm and delivery of knowledge and experience was the best I have ever experienced and so much was covered in one site visit. The extremely informative three hour presentation ensured we all left very educated in many areas of construction such as architecture, engineering, tunnelling, sheet piling, planning, design, health and safety, environmental science and career option planning too!’

Find out more about our BEng Civil and Environmental Engineering degree.

Students at the Crossrail West Stations site office