Elizabeth Line, Liverpool Street Station

London, UK

The Elizabeth Line, built as Crossrail, is one of the largest infrastructure projects of its kind currently being undertaken in Europe. 42km of tunnels connect 10 new stations, with another 30 being improved for the new service. Opening to the public in 2022, the fully accessible network of 40 stations links Reading and Heathrow west of London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

WilkinsonEyre is the principal architect responsible for the design of the new Liverpool Street/Moorgate Station. Stretching from Moorgate to Broadgate, the new entrances and ticket halls access two 238 metre-long platforms below. Our architectural approach is driven by the desire to maximise height in constrained spaces and introduce as much daylight as possible to the subterranean areas.

A shallow, geometric folded ceiling plane formed by ribbed pre-cast concrete soffit panels breaks the 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.