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26 May 2011

Mott MacDonald works with Transport for London to secure a cable car for London, UK

Mott MacDonald has been assisting Transport for London (TfL) as engineering support consultant and technical advisor for the cable car in London, which will run across the River Thames connecting Greenwich and the Royal Victoria Docks carrying up to 2,500 passengers per hour each way.

Mott MacDonald’s role involved specialist engineering support on route options, building services, utilities and design coordination. The consultancy also managed ground investigations, carried out an environmental impact assessment and acted as TfL’s technical advisor during procurement of the design and build contractor. In this role Mott MacDonald assisted TfL during the prequalification process and helped develop employer’s requirements and tender evaluation criteria. The consultancy also reviewed and advised on programme and construction methods and coordinated health and safety requirements. Our team included Neil Thompson, an independent engineering design management consultant and former engineering design manager for the London Eye project, as chief technical advisor.

Mott MacDonald worked closely with the architectural design team led by Wilkinson Eyre Architects with structural engineers Expedition, lighting consultants Speirs & Major and landscape architects EDCO. This team was employed by TfL following an architectural competition and developed the scheme that gained planning consent and formed the basis of the tendered design.

Mott MacDonald is continuing to support TfL in satisfying planning conditions and consent requirements.

Mott MacDonald’s project manager Steven Wilson said, “This is a very exciting project to be involved with. It will no doubt create a unique addition to London’s transport network and offer spectacular views of London’s iconic skyline. There have been a number of interesting challenges that Mott MacDonald has assisted with including assisting with the assessment of potential routes to overcome complex site constraints such as the need to maintain clearance for shipping and integrate the scheme with surrounding development.”

He added, “We’ve found cable cars offer a serious urban transport option with many benefits.”

The project is due for completion in summer 2012.


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