Blackfriars railway bridge, constructed in 1886 over the river Thames, and its more modern but outdated station were seen as one of the worst bottlenecks on the London rail network. There was a clear need to bring them into the 21st century. The £350 million project included the creation of a common entrance at the north end of the railway bridge spanning the River Thames, an increase in the length of the platforms to accommodate 50% longer trains, the refurbishment of the London Underground station and the construction of a new station on the south bank of the Thames. 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 provided ongoing and integrated detailed risk analysis and management support throughout this highly complex project, which was delivered on budget and schedule.