Project London, United Kingdom

Fisher Street Shaft

Piles to support the Fisher Street shaft, part of the multi billion Crossrail project

The Fisher Street Shaft site was the service access shaft for the Crossrail C300 tunnel drive from Royal Oak to Farringdon

Technical Specifications

Pile Type: Secant Wall

Number of Piles: 184no.

Diameter: 600mm

Depth: 14m

The Challenge

The Fisher Street shaft site was the service access shaft from the Crossrail C300 tunnel drive from Royal Oak to Farringdon, but was limited to an area of 20m by 20m restricting the available plant which could access and operate on the site.

The Solution

The works involved the installation of 17.5m diameter shaft from which the Crossrail TBM could be serviced.

The project required a 600mm secant wall to 15m deep to form the upper shaft through unstable material. Below this depth, the rest of the shaft was undertaken using a sprayed concrete lining. 

Martello were able to place two MP5000 series rigs AND a crawler crane within the site constraints to enable maximum output to be achieved. The programme was achieved on time allowing the main contractor to complete their works without delay, lessening the risk of very costly delays to the tunnel boring machine.

The MP5000 series rigs were able to install the piled wall to a verticality of 1 in 200 (or better). 

The compact nature of the rigs allowed the operations to be undertaken with multiple rigs, done safely within a busy and constricted area of London. 

Project details

Project name

Fisher Street Shaft




Large diameter bored pile under casing, Restricted access bored piling, Secant Pile Wall

Contract type



London, United Kingdom

Building Period

2012 - 2012

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