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In pictures: Foster’s Canary Wharf Crossrail platform level completes

The platform level at Foster + Partners’ Canary Wharf Crossrail station in London has completed five months ahead of schedule

The £500 million project beneath West India Quay Docklands Light Railway station features a 28 metre-deep station box which completed last week.

More than 1,000 piles were required to extract 100 million litres of dock water including: 292 Giken tube piles for the cofferdam wall, 71 tension piles, 30 plunge columns and a secant pile wall from the dock bed.

Construction started less than three years ago and involved the excavation of more than 300,000 tonnes of material and pouring 375,000 tonnes of concrete.

Canary Wharf Contractors executive director Cliff Bryant said: ‘We are very proud to have played our part in a project which will benefit London for many generations to come. Credit must be given to our workforce and supply chain, many of them local East Londoners, who have responded to a very challenging brief and delivered it to Crossrail ahead of time and within budget.’

Bill Tucker, Crossrail area director central said: ‘Construction of Crossrail’s first excavated platform level is now complete and has been delivered five months early by Canary Wharf Group. Preparations will now begin for the arrival of the tunnel boring machines next year. When the tunnelling machines breakthrough into the station box from the east they will undergo maintenance before being moved to the other end of the station box where they will then set off on their journey en route to Farringdon via Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations.’

The structure is one of nine new stations being constructed as part of the government’s £15.9 billion Crossrail project linking Maidenhead and Heathrow to Shenfield and Abbey Woods.

Foster + Partners was the project’s design architect with Tony Meadows Associates designing the station concept and working as operations architect and Adamson Associates appointed to design an above ground retail mall.


Crossrail central London stations design teams

  • Bond Street - WSP; John McAslan + Partners/PLP Architecture
  • Canary Wharf – Canary Wharf Group; Arup; Foster + Partners; Adamsons Associates; Gillespies
  • Custom House – Arup; Atkins; Allies & Morrison
  • Farringdon – Scott Wilson; Aedas; Burns & Nice
  • Liverpool Street – Mott MacDonald, Wilkinson Eyre; Urban Initiatives
  • Paddington – Scott Wilson, Weston Williamson; Gillespies
  • Tottenham Court Road – Arup; Atkins; Hawkins Brown
  • Whitechapel – Hyder; BDP
  • Line-wide identity / common architectural components – Grimshaw; Atkins; GIA Equation




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