Crossrail, Liverpool Street Station

London, UK

Crossrail is one of the largest infrastructure projects of its kind currently being undertaken in Europe. It is building 42km of tunnels, 10 new stations and improving 30 more. The finished railway, which will be named the Elizabeth line when it opens in central London in 2018, will be a fully accessible route of 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

WilkinsonEyre is the principal architect responsible for the design of the new Crossrail Liverpool Street Station. Stretching from Moorgate to Broadgate, the new ticket halls will be connected by two 238 metre-long platforms. The architectural design inside the ticket halls is driven by the desire to maximise height in constrained spaces.

 A shallow, geometric folded ceiling plane formed by ribbed pre-cast concrete soffit panels breaks perception of the low flat ceilings to create a greater sense of space, scale and movement. 

The entrance into the underground eastern ticket hall is through a striking, five metre high glazed canopy located in an open pedestrian plaza. Natural light filters below ground during the day, while at night the canopy acts as a lantern with artificial lighting from inside shining out of the glazed entrance to illuminate the streetscape. The western ticket hall is at street level and accessed through an angular portal entrance, framed by bold blue coloured glass. New forecourts and plazas around each entrance create pedestrian friendly, accessible spaces with wider pavements. 

Please visit the Crossrail website for further information.