On 23rd February, the Queen visited the Crossrail site at Bond Street where it was announced that the new route, to be opened in 2018, would be named the Elizabeth Line in her honour. Fordway have been working quietly in the background supporting the IT for BFK for the past 4 years. Richard Blanford and Amanda Mival visited the site hot on her Majesty’s heels to see the progress first hand.
Fordway, first became involved with BFK and the Crossrail Project in December 2011. Then we set up platform as a service and a fully managed and hosted business continuity/disaster recovery solution for the project in just four weeks using our two UK data centres. Fordway also provides an onsite IT presence and 24x7 helpdesk support for the tunnelling operation. Now, the 26 miles of tunnel has been drilled and stretches eastwards through Paddington, down to Hyde Park, along Oxford Street and finally down towards the city and the central hub for the whole Crossrail project, Farringdon.
The main IT challenge has been evolving with the project; following the progress of the Tunnel Boring Machines and setting up temporary offices along the route. In total, 23 offices have been used on our part of the project, mainly in Central London for short and mid-term use - all requiring high availability through to our datacentres which has been delivered by various means. Alistair Brown, Fordway’s on site manager commented, ”Fordway have shown the flexibility necessary to make this whole project flow smoothly and we have provided the quality and quantity of personnel when required. No task has been beyond us."
Another great achievement has been to pull together the IT for three different companies, BAM, Ferrovial and Kier, to enable the consortium to work as one and collaborate their information and systems. It is believed no other UK construction company has been able to achieve this successfully on a joint venture to date.
When the Elizabeth Line is fully operational, we will be proud to think that Fordway were instrumental in creating a landmark which will serve the capital city in a hundred years’ time and beyond.
You can read more about this project in our BFK case study