Spencer Group to undertake first ever London Underground works over Christmas

Spencer Group will undertake its first ever works on behalf of London Underground this Christmas.

The enabling works contract at Finsbury Park Station comes on the back of the successful delivery of rail infrastructure works for Network Rail at Gravesend and Ipswich, both of which saw significant packages of work delivered in strict possession windows during Christmas 2013.

Spencer’s team will again be spending Christmas onsite this year to complete the specified works outlined by London Underground.

The works consist of installing 32 steel tubular piles on an existing platform to a depth of 7.6m as well as excavating a section of an existing redundant platform, formerly used as a milk dock.

Tim Evans, Operations Director at Spencer, said: “We are delighted to have secured our first ever contract with London Underground, one which we hope will develop our relationship with London Underground and lead to further works in the future.

“Our team has had to mobilise extremely quickly to make sure everything is in place in time for the Christmas blockade. Working over the Christmas period is a common action within the rail industry and, following previous successful possession over the festive season, the team is looking forward to starting work onsite.”

Spencer has developed a strong reputation for delivering infrastructure projects with critical timescales, particularly in the rail sector where a large proportion of the work is delivered during off-peak periods and bank holidays.

Its ability to deliver critical infrastructure projects in challenging locations does not extend only to the rail sector, the business has strong credentials in pioneering work on European suspension bridges, projects in operational power stations and substantial portfolio of projects delivered in operational port environments.

The current enabling works will facilitate a series of major improvements next year as part of a £50m makeover of Finsbury Park. These improvements are subject to planning approvals, submitted by the adjacent third party development to be decided on by London Borough of Islington.