Kwik-Klik has installed substantial hoardings at Farringdon Underground Station in central London to enable a major station upgrade to begin.
The current hoardings are part of the Thameslink programme which is due for completion in June 2012. Related further works will form part of the Crossrail programme which will result in Farringdon becoming a major hub for cross-London travel by 2018.
160 1-hour fire-rated Soundmaster Mineral Fibre panels have been installed to create secure worksites and protect underground passengers as they make their way in and out of the station. The largest Soundmaster panels used were 9.8 metres in height (see photo 1) and the majority of the installation consisted of 2.4 and 3.5 metre high floor-to-ceiling panels.
The Kwik-Klik installation team were all trained and received PTS (Personal Track Safety) Certification and LUCAS smartcards from London Underground Combined Access System before work began.
The contract is a joint venture betweeen Costain and Laing O'Rourke (COLOR jv) and improvements will include wider and longer platforms, a new roof, a new entrance and concourse facing Turnmill Street, the demolition of a footbridge and the installation of new stairs and lifts connecting all four platforms.
The professional finish of the hoardings was praised by the Costain Project Manager who commented that from the passengers' viewpoint it "looked like a finished job".