While in London, GII participants had the opportunity to go behind the scenes at some of London’s most complex and innovative major projects. This included visiting the following sites:
Battersea Power Station: One of central London’s largest and eagerly anticipated urban regeneration projects, the £9 billion project will deliver thousands of new homes, offices, restaurants, retail space, and cultural venues. It will also consist of 18 acres of public space and major infrastructure improvements, including a new London Underground station.
Crossrail: As Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Crossrail will link London economic centers. GII participants visited the site of the future Canary Wharf station, which will connect it to the City of London, the West End, and Heathrow Airport. The project is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom to develop a strategy and process for enabling innovation throughout the course of the megaproject.
London Bridge station: The London Bridge station rehabilitation increased capacity to 90 million passengers per year. The station remained operational during construction, and the project was completed on time. It also significantly expanded the throughput, enabling several more trains per hour to travel through the station. Participants heard about how the project team learned as it went and continually applied lessons learned to increase efficiency.
Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park: Spread across 560 acres of parklands, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park (QEOP) is home to landscaped gardens, historic waterways, famous sporting venues, and a vibrant arts and events program. Following the 18-month transformation program of the London 2012 Olympic Park, QEOP opened in April 2014 and is still transforming—it will soon provide additional homes, access to jobs and apprenticeships, and a culture and education district.
Thames Tideway Tunnel: The 16 mi (25 km) sewer tunnel is being constructed to prevent an average of 20 million tons of untreated sewage discharge from entering the River Thames annually. The project will upgrade London’s sewage system to cope with the city’s demands well into the 22nd century. A highly complex project, the tunnel is being built from three main construction drive sites and will require the use of 24 construction sites, 11 of which are located along the river bank.
Transport for London Network Management Control Centre: Transport for London (TfL) is the integrated transport body that runs nearly all the transport in London, operating from two control centers in one location. Participants had the opportunity to see firsthand how TfL manages the interface between highly automated systems and its human intelligence to deal with challenges to the system and support 31 million daily journeys.