Bridges can be challenging structures to protect at the best of times, but when the requirement is to additionally protect the walls of a cofferdam of a railway station constructed 30 meters below water, expert knowhow is needed to get it right. Luckily, QuayQuip were chosen for by consultant Arup and main contractor Laing O’Rourke for the design and manufacture of the ship impact protection system at the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station.
The system comprises of a continuous length of hinged and interlinking fender panels with cone fender energy absorbers, which provide a compact barrier to protect from ships that navigate the narrow channel. Each fender panel is faced with timber fenders to blend seamlessly with the timber fenders which are used throughout the Canary Wharf waterfront, such that it will be hardly noticeable when complete.
Crossrail is the biggest construction project in Europe and is one of the largest single infrastructure investments undertaken in the UK. The station at Canary Wharf alone will have a total cost of £500 million to build, making it one of the largest on the on the entire 100km length of railway and incorporating a large shopping centre and a park above the platforms.