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Foster + Partners’ Canary Wharf Crossrail station handed over

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The construction of the first of the capital’s ten new Crossrail Stations has been completed at Canary Wharf, east London

Designed by Foster + Partners with transport specialists Tony Meadows Associates, the £500 million station has been handed over to Crossrail following the completion of the ticket hall and platform levels.

Sat in the North Dock of West India Quay, Canary Wharf is one of the largest Crossrail stations. The station, retail and park areas are six-storeys high, and provide a new link between Canary Wharf and Poplar.

The scheme features eight 30 metre-long escalators, nine 11 metre-long escalators, six lifts, flooring, wall cladding and space for station services in the ticket hall level.

Crossrail will now start the fitting out the station with systems needed to operate passenger services including communications equipment, signalling systems, tunnel ventilation and overhead line equipment.


Above the station sits Crossrail Place, a four-storey retail development, which was opened in May. It includes more than 9290m² of retail space, and is topped by a 4,160m² roof garden which incorporates a community performance space and restaurant which is semi-covered by a Foster + Partners designed timber lattice roof.

Boris Johnson, London Mayor said: ‘This spectacular new station is being delivered ahead of schedule and is a pivotal moment in our Crossrail journey, as we can now prepare for the next major stage of work ahead of the launch of services in 2018. This vital new railway is already proving a huge success for the UK economy and when complete it will boost London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, providing an enormous benefit to passengers travelling across the capital and beyond.’

Work began on the new station in May 2009 by creating a watertight dam in the waters of North Dock and the station box was then built ‘top down,’ 28 metres below the water surface to create the ticket hall and platform levels.

Claire Perry, Rail Minister said: ‘The completion of construction at Canary Wharf station is a significant moment for Crossrail, as we move to the next phase of work on this transformational project. The station is an impressive, world-class building that will serve millions of customers in this important business district, as well as bringing better and faster journeys across London and beyond from 2018, boosting jobs and economic growth.’

When Crossrail opens in 2018, journey times across London will be reduced and bring an extra 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of central London.

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


December 2008: Development Agreement signed that confirmed arrangements for CWG to design & build the station.
May 2009: Formal commencement of construction
December 2009: Cofferdam and temporary construction deck complete
February/March 2010: 98 million litres of water removed from dock
July 2010: Piling from dock bed level complete
August 2010: Top down construction sequence commences
June 2011: Last material removed from the base slab excavation
March 2012: Crossrail take over Level -6 of station to prepare for arrival and transit of tunnel boring machines
May 2012: M&E installation starts
June 2012: Construction of the Over Site Development (OSD) starts
November 2012: First delivery of the 40 metre-long escalators linking the Promenade (Level -1) to the Ticket Hall (Level -4)
December 2012: Completion of main concrete structural works including the OSD
May-June 2013: Arrival of Crossrail’s Tunnel Boring Machines (Elizabeth & Victoria)
September 2013: Erection of timber roof structure commences.
October 2013: Placing of pre-cast platform elements commences.
December 2013: Delivery of first escalators between Platform and Ticket Hall.
May 2015: Upper three floors of retail opening, including roof garden and restaurants.
September 2015: Practical Completion of the station
Autumn 2015: Crossrail commence fit-out of the railway systems inside the station
Late 2018: TfL-run Crossrail services start through central London

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  • ... can tell someone here deliberately to show 17 photos of the interior shot to prove f+p is really proud of the yellow escalator ... thank you!

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