Crossrail, the largest construction project in Europe, has broken new ground in the UK construction industry by being the first major project to develop and deliver a strategy and process for systematically managing innovation in a major project environment. The Innovate18 programme has been developed by Crossrail in conjunction with Imperial College to support Crossrail’s mission to deliver a world-class railway that fast-tracks the progress of London.

Innovate18 provides an opportunity to capture and explore pioneering ideas from all of those involved in the project. The techniques, products and methods used on Crossrail are providing a benchmark for other construction projects.

People are central to Innovate18. The network of innovation champions and innovators, drawn from Crossrail, its supply chain and its partners, provides energy and inspiration.

The NEF Innovation Institute awarded Crossrail’s innovation programme, first place for “Best Example of Innovation in Public or Voluntary Sector” in December 2014.

As the award-winning innovation programme continues to evolve, Crossrail aims to  leave a legacy that inspires and motivates innovation in future infrastructure projects.