|Costain Skanska Joint Venture
VGC supplied various categories of labour resources to the Costain Skanska joint venture (CSJV) for the Crossrail works at Bond Street station.
Our people at Bond St were led by labour managers Donatas Jausicas and Nick Wells. Roles included foremen, slinger signallers, crane supervisors, gangers, traffic marshals, storemen, dumper drivers and general operatives.
We supported CSJV with regular safety briefings to encourage everyone on site to be aware of hazards and look out for each other.
In November 2019 we arranged two presentations fitness by State of Mind Sport for all the operatives on the project, to increase awareness of mental wellbeing and suicide prevention.
We are proud to have achieved a series of safety and best practice awards on the project. We have achieved coveted Costain Blue status in 2016, 2017 and 2019.
In 2014 and 2015, Costain Skanska JV presented safety awards each month. VGC topped the sub-contractor HSQE league table seven times in 2014, and was presented with the ‘Contractor of the Year 2014’ award. After we topped the sub-contractor league table in every single month of 2015, we won the trophy for 2015.
In October 2019 Cataline Marin received a SHE (safety, health and environment) award after she helped a person who was having a panic attack.
Manjeet Singh was awarded for helping everyone on site, and “going above and beyond for everyone without question”.
Tilahun Ermago won his SHE award for hard work and a great attitude to work: “always willing to help out anywhere”.
VGC dumper driver Pastorel Caplea won an environmental award in March 2015, and the project SHE (safety, health, environment) award in September 2015.
Bereket Kidane won the project SHE award in June 2015.
In October 2015 Mohammed Hasan and Adrian Iliuta received observation awards.
Adrian Iliuta and Bereket Kidane are now Be Safe by Choice key influencers on the project.
About the project
When complete, over 220,000 passengers are expected to use the new Bond Street station giving access to the west end of London, which is the UK’s busiest shopping district. Two new ticket halls, nine escalators and four new lifts are being constructed to handle the through-flow of passengers from the platforms 26 metres below street level.
The station overhaul will provide two additional escalators from the interchange level to the Jubilee line; a low-level interchange route between the Central and Jubilee lines, a new step-free entrance and ticket hall on Marylebone Lane, four new lifts, allowing step-free access to platforms on both Central and Jubilee lines, and a step-free route to Crossrail.
Crossrail will cut the journey times to the West End from many destinations, in some case reducing them by half. The Crossrail station at Bond St will enable far simpler journeys for passengers travelling into and across London.
VGC has been involved with work on constructing and upgrading London’s railway infrastructure for over 50 years.