Contract: HS2 Euston Station

Contractor: Keltbray Ltd

Client: Network Rail

St James’s Gardens is required during the construction of the new HS2 terminus station. From summer 2017, Costain Skanska (CSJV) have been carrying out a programme of archaeological work within the burial ground on behalf of HS2 to help understand what lies beneath the surface.

The first stage of the work involves archaeologists undertaking initial ground investigations to further their understanding how the burial ground was used over time. Given the sensitive nature of this archaeological work, the site requires to be screened from public view.

Having just completed London Bridge Station with the Keltbray site team we were asked to get involved and tender for the enabling works for the Archaeological trial hole tents for the initial phase of exhumation. We worked closely with the site team and came up with a design for a series of Ubix Temporary Roof tents built at each trial hole position, each being retained with a series of kentledge blocks. These roofs are to be dismantled and re-erected to the remaining areas totalling 15No positions, some of the resulting holes are to become the footings for the columns for the main structure to be erected for second stage of the archaeological dig. The challenge on this project is to maintain the tight programme for each of the structures.