King's Cross Underground's new 23t entrance canopy arrived on site last week after setting off from McGrath's Belfast fabrication yard two weeks ago. Bringing the structure in one completed prefabricated piece saved main contractor Costain Taylor Woodrow JV three weeks on the programme.
But transporting the abnormal load was a logistical challenge shared by every police force and local authority between Belfast and London. The structure travelled 563km by land and nine hours by ferry on a 30m low loader lorry on its way to the front of the station on Euston Road in London. The road was closed off for seven hours to allow a Demag AC120 140t capacity crane to lift the structure into position.