VGC has been providing labour to the Balfour Beatty Morgan Vinci joint venture, which is managing the Whitechapel station Crossrail C512 contract, since April 2012.
Our team has won three health and safety awards from client BBMV, in August 2016, January 2017 and May 2017.
VGC is supplying all categories of labour for the project. These include carpenters, steelfixers, scaffolders, machine operators, concretors and general operatives. VGC is also providing M&E personnel including electricians and electrical improvers to enabling works on the existing infrastructure.
To supplement VGC’s core personnel, we have recruited locally. This ensures that local people benefit from the employment opportunities that this important project offers. We have a commitment to increasing the skill levels within the industry, and three VGC apprentices were assigned to this project as part of their training programme.
They included chain person Lee Van Cliff, who started as an apprentice on the project in 2013, and is now a full-time engineer’s assistant.
In July 2014 James Andrews, lead site person in charge, was given a ‘Step Up’ award by the senior management team at Crossrail. They commended the quality of his site briefings, “at a consistently high level”. He “always makes sure [they are] relevant to the works taking place. He also maintains good housekeeping… and warns those entering of the specific risks.” James was subsequently promoted to recruitment co-ordinator, and he is now a VGC labour manager.
Donatas Jausicas, key influencer on the project, was promoted in March 2016 in recognition of his ability to manage people safely. He is now a labour manager.
Donatas was replaced as key influencer on the project by Saqieb Farooq. Saqieb is also a mental health champion and has been made up to site supervisor. In November 2018 he won a safety award from BBMV for spotting loose fixings, and stopping work until the issue was solved.
About the project
The £110 million Whitechapel station contract involves the refurbishment of the existing Whitechapel station. There is also a new station bridge concourse above the East London line, and a new ticket hall behind the current building on Whitechapel Road. The works also include the construction of new shafts and platforms for the Crossrail tunnels and associated works.
Crossrail will open in 2018. Stretching from Maidenhead in the west across to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east, the new line will cover 118 km of track including 21 km of new tunnels below London. Construction of the new railway involves building eight new stations in central London and upgrading many existing interchanges.