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Crossrail – A Learning Legacy For The Construction Industry

2000px-Crossrail.svg.pngCrossrail is famous in the construction industry.

Now officially named the Elizabeth Line, the project made headline news since it was approved in 2008, becoming a byword for good management and a great example of the way things should be done on large construction projects.

In a refreshing move, Crossrail have launched a ‘learning legacy’ initiative to share their good practice with construction firms of all sizes.

This index of practical knowledge ranges from health & safety, to the environment; people management, to engineering; and includes a mixture of case studies, procedural checklists and technical papers, all on one dedicated site anyone (including companies that could be considered competitors) can access.

After the success of the building works at the 2012 Olympic Park, where not a single worker was killed, Crossrail took an unabashed strategy of ‘pinched with pride’.

Much of the information Crossrail are sharing comes as a direct result of the techniques developed at the Olympic project, building on the UK’s collective construction knowledge to create an industry that is setting the standards globally.

Crossrail have split their learnings into 12 key themes:

  • Project and Programme Management
  • Procurement
  • Authorisations and Consents
  • Land and Property
  • Health and Safety
  • Environment
  • Engineering
  • Operations
  • Talent and Resources
  • External Affairs
  • Innovation
  • Information Management and Technology

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said to the Construction Index: “Passing on the lessons and good practice that we have learned at Crossrail is an absolutely essential part of raising the bar in the delivery of major projects. With an unprecedented number of infrastructure schemes around the corner, now is the time to start sharing what we have learned so the UK can build on its reputation for delivering safely, on time and on budget.”


 Visit Crossrail’s Learning Legacy site.

With talk of Crossrail 2 now permiating the industry, it’s never been a better time for mid size to larger construction firms to learn as much as they can from the Crossrail legacy and replicate their success wherever possible.

Get in touch to learn about how workforce management technology can help achieve many of the goals Crossrail set for themselves. What was once solely possible on large infrastructure projects, is now becoming more and more prevalent on sites of all sizes.


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