As seen on the BBC
Studio: Windfall Films production for BBC
Running time: 177 minutes
Building Crossrail: The Challenge of a Lifetime
The Fifteen Billion Pound Railway This series follows a team of more than 10 thousand engineers and construction workers - close us - as they race to build a brand new subterranean railway under London - Crossrail - London's new Underground. Costing almost fifteen billion pounds and taking 10 years to build, it's the biggest engineering project in Europe. The challenges facing the team are immense - from digging out forty-two kilometers of tunnels to constructing ten vast new stations - all while keeping london moving.
Urban Heart Surgery As they burrow the forty-two kilometers of tunnels, engineers must battle to make sure that the listed buildings don't crack, London Underground trains keep running, roads don't shut and the City stays in business. Crucially, they must drive one of their gigantic 1000-tonne tunnel boring machines through a tiny gap in the congested underbelly of Tottenham Court Road station without the passengers on the Tube platforms below knowing they are there.
Tunnels Under The Thames Linda Miller, an engineer more at home building space launch complexes at Cape Canaveral, battles to rebuild a Victorian tunnel under the Royal Docks in London's East End. Meanwhile, a British tunneling dynasty - the Bermingham family - follow in the footsteps of the original father-son team of Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel to build a brand-new tunnel under the River Thames.
Platforms And Plagues Pits A team battles to put together to giant jigsaw that will become a cathedral-sized staion at Canary Wharf. It's so big they have to build it in a dock and underwater. Its architect-designed roof is so complicated it comes in a kit of over 2500 pieces. As engineers carve out the underground caverns that will become the new stations they hit on some gruesome discovers of London's past.