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SRC focuses on cooling London's Underground metro system

Updated: Mar 18

Over the next few years, the construction sector will witness an unprecedented investment in infrastructure projects. The pace of this growth, and the size of this opportunity, demands a construction sector that is the best in the world. To maximise efficiency savings across the delivery of the transport infrastructure pipeline, the TIES Living Lab sponsored by Innovate UK and the Department for Transport has been established, bringing together key UK Transport Client groups, suppliers and academic experts to build capability within delivery, innovation and managing construction risk. SRC Infrastructure is very proud to collaborate with our TfL colleagues in the Piccadilly Line Upgrade programme to play a key role in the TIES Living Lab.

TIES Living Lab offers a strategic, scalable and sector wide approach with Government, client groups, suppliers and academia working in partnership. Together, we collaborate to tackle the systemic issues that still obstruct the use, integration and adoption of innovations that could drive productivity and wider social benefits through major construction schemes. It will be a catalyst for cultural change, shifting focus within infrastructure delivery decision-making from the costs of construction to an understanding of its whole life value.


SRC Infrastructure is one of the 25 partners alongside NSAR Ltd, Bryden Wood Technology Ltd, Costain Ltd, Office for National Statistics, Whole Life Consultants Ltd, Accelar Ltd, Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, Kier Construction ltd, Akerlof Ltd, X-Treme Systems Ltd, Expedition Engineering Ltd, Walker Construction Ltd, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors, The Manufacturing Technology Centre Ltd, Social Profit Calculator Ltd, Powercube Ltd (Part of the Mavin Group), Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd, Transport for London, Highways England Ltd, East West Railway Company Ltd, University of Dundee, University of the West of England, and the University of Leeds. The project is funded via a grant from Innovate UK through the Transforming Construction programme plus contributions from the Department for Transport, HS2, Transport for London (TfL) and Highways England.


SRC Infrastructure is responsible for the development and proving of an innovative approach to cooling the Tube network. To facilitate the introduction of new Tube stock on the Piccadilly line a cooling assessment has been undertaken which identified a need for additional cooling. The existing approach to cooling, the PAHU system (Platform Air Handling Units) has not coped with the harsh environmental conditions. SRC Infrastructure and TfL are prototyping and analysing a potentially more effective and reliable cooling solution.


SRC Infrastructure is really excited about the part we are playing in TIES Living Lab and in TfL’s Piccadilly Line Upgrade programme. Together, with our other partners and collaborators, we are committed to working hard to:

  1. Improve the way transport Infrastructure projects are set up to maximise value,​

  2. Achieve better assurance of project value and what assets should cost across the transport infrastructure sector,

  3. Accelerate the wider adoption of demonstrators that transform productivity within construction using benchmark intelligence,​

  4. Establish the TIES Living Lab as a catalyst for cultural change by identifying drivers of cost, evidencing the potential of the sector to move beyond the state-of-the-art to reduce cost, increase productivity and social benefits through major construction schemes, and embedding this evidence.

SRC’s Project Manager, Pat Keegan says “It’s fantastic to be playing a key role in TIES. Our team is working with all our partners to change the way that transport infrastructure programmes are delivered. That’s a really great challenge and now, as we work together to build back better, a particularly urgent one.”


To find out more please contact our Assistant Project Manager: Phoebe - pbassett@srcinfrastructure.com


(source: TfL)

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