Remodelling King’s Cross Station
London’s King’s Cross railway station is one of the busiest stations in the United Kingdom, serving close to 40 million passengers each year. But it’s been 25 years since any major intervention has taken place on the railway, and it is now in need of some major renewal and remodelling work. The remodelling will allow for an increase in the length and number of long-distance trains, and facilitate future improvements to journey times.
Specialist Project Integration (SPI) are undertaking this massive £250 million project which includes:
- Extending passenger platforms
- Recommissioning an unused tunnel
- Optimising the track layout
- Modernising the signalling control system
One of the major challenges for this complex project is that the new railway needs to be built on top of the existing railway whilst it remains open.
With about 300 designers, contractors, and managers across multiple companies and some 3,500 CAD files; SPI knew that traditional methods of communication and design coordination were not appropriate. Furthermore, they needed to be sure that disruption to one of the UK’s busiest railway stations was kept to a minimum.
Despite using ProjectWise as a common data environment (CDE), there was also a need for a design coordination and collaboration tool that could run easily in a web browser. 3D Repo’s digital platform for Building Information Modelling (BIM) was chosen as the platform to help SPI with coordination due to the fact that it required minimal training, and it could be accessed from any computer without the need for software installation or licencing.