Emirates Air Line (London)
Client: Transport for London
Lucas Fit Out was contracted by Mace to undertake the complete internal fit out of the two stations at either end of the Emirates Air Line, the UK’s first urban cable car system that crosses the Thames in East London.
However, the quality of our work and the need to push the project on to completion before the opening of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games meant that the scope of our involvement on the project doubled.
Our works for the two stations and the gondola store included all partition walls, floor and ceiling finishes, toilet, shower and kitchen areas, specialist desks for the ticket offices and all decorations.
Given the unique nature of the project, many items were bespoke. They included stainless steel ceilings, Granazzo floor tiling laid on high-specification, fast-curing screed, bronze/nickel stair nosings and complex, stylish ticket desks made from Corian and stainless steel complete with an induction loop system and speakers.
The Lucas Fit Out team frequently found itself working to a 24/7 schedule, helping to design, manufacture and install additional bespoke works at short notice. By the time of completion our works had broadened to include structural and architectural metalwork, blockwork walls, specialist concrete, specialist epoxy resin works and roof waterproofing.
Most significantly, the team also constructed both station control rooms which are two-storey, stainless steel buildings at platform level, enveloping 5 metre by 5 metre television display screens.
This expanded project epitomises our ability to incorporate and manage a wide array of trades and disciplines as well as managing the supply pipeline in very challenging circumstances. It also neatly demonstrates our “can do” attitude and our delivery of a flexible yet high quality service.
The new crossing opened well in time for the Olympics, carrying passengers 90 metres above the Thames between the North Woolwich peninsula and the Royal Docks.
Mace's CEO speaks about the S.Lucas standard of work