Playing to a sell-out audience, Skanska project director Susan Ryall is clearly immensely proud of her involvement in the Bermondsey Dive Under that will transform north south travel through London.
The dive under will allow for longer trains, improve their frequency and reliability through junctions and increase the number of routes served. Not a bad list of goals then.
It involves the partial demolition of a Victorian viaduct and the building of a new flyover that will mean one line can swoop above as another dips below into a three sided (baseless) box.
Open Doors visitor Patricia Okonkwo, from London and Quadrant Housing Trust, who came to the site to hear more and to understand how the project might benefit the community.
“I came just to find out what is going on and to see how we can link it with our community engagement work on the estate,” she said.
“I am looking at a one off gardening project with the residents in one of our community gardens and looking at a community use of one of the arches; some kind of music, media or art space. A lot of people on the estate have gone on [those kind of courses] and would like to establish a small business or enterprise.”
Skanska has already been pro-active in this area and has reached out to the community, for example liaising with a care home to see how it can help.
All in all, a pretty fine example of construction opening up and blending its presence and efforts with the local area in which it operates.
For a full image gallery, visit here
Project: Bermondsey Dive Under
Main contractor: Skanska
Client: Network Rail
Project value: £65m
Start date: November 2013
Completion date: December 2016
Location: South Bermondsey