Pumpable flowing concrete for railways

Bond Street Tube Station, Oxford Street, W1



London Underground Ltd/Crossrail


Costain/Laing O’Rourke JV

Location type

London Underground


May 2016

The challenge

To connect Crossrail with the London tube system new passenger foot tunnels were to be engineered beneath Oxford Street and Bond Street. To achieve the engineering design the Costain/Laing O’Rourke JV needed to place 1,500m3 of high strength concrete 40 metres below the street through the Marylebone Lane shaft. Concrete was to be pumped up to 180m, often downhill, along a twisting, turning and confined route. Very difficult site access and into the new tunnels meant that crack control mesh could not be stored on site or fixed safely. Speed of placing concrete into the variety of structures was required underground and the need to limit noise and dust in the confined work space were all major issues. Programme and budget overruns from the earlier tunneling and site mixed spray concrete lining works needed to be brought back on track.

Our solution

A Topflow variant with hook end 0735 steel fibres was designed by the London RMX technical team to meet the engineering design requirements. The TOPFLOW mix contained steel fibres to eliminate the need for crack reduction mesh and featured an SF2 consistence to self compact and eliminate the need for noisy compaction pokers below ground. The Topflow mix should pump well over long distances and be retarded to give a three hour open life, allowing time for pump lines to be moved during the longest pours.

Results and benefits

1,500m3 of TOPFLOW STEEL FIBRES were successfully supplied over a 20 week programme. Tunnel invert beds for passenger footways, complex internal structures and trapezoidal escalator barrels were constructed quickly and efficiently. Budgets reigned in with TOPFLOW STEEL FIBRES yielding a £50/m3 cost saving over site mixed spray concrete alternatives. On completion of the TOPFLOW pours Senior Tunnel Engineer, Aled Daviessent, gave his congratulations and thanks to the London RMX Team and a referral for TOPFLOW STEEL FIBRES on the next tunnel job.

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Additional info

Topflow Steel Fibres  

The Topflow mix contains steel fibres to remove the need for crack reduction mesh. 

Quick flowing concrete

Free flowing Topflow concrete can be placed quickly, with the material consolidating easily and effortlessly into the required pour locations.

Noise reduction

Topflow self compacting concrete does not require vibration to consolidate and therefore reduces levels of noise pollutio making it ideal for applications in built up inner cities. 

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