Foster's Canary Wharf Crossrail
station nears completion


News: the final aluminium panel has been fixed to the latticed roof structure of Foster + Partners' Crossrail Station in London – part of Europe's biggest infrastructure project (+ slideshow).

Foster + Partners has designed one of 40 stations for the new railway route that will cut across the UK capital.

Fosters + Partners' Canary Wharf Crossrail station

The new structure stands in the waters of Canary Wharf's North Dock, a site near the Foster-designed Canary Wharf Jubilee Line station completed as part of the London Underground's extension work in 1999.

A 250-metre-long and 30-metre-wide dam was built in the dock to allow the team to construct the station from the top down, with the ticket hall and platforms sitting 28 metres below the surface of the water.

Fosters + Partners' Canary Wharf Crossrail station

Creating almost 35,000 square metres of floor space, the design includes four storeys above ground level that will house retail, restaurant and bar spaces as well as a cinema.

Fosters + Partners' Canary Wharf Crossrail station

A 310-metre-long latticed spruce timber roof wraps around the building above the ground. Spaces in the lattice are either filled with transparent cushions of air made using ETFE plastic, or edged with aluminium panels.

Fosters + Partners' Canary Wharf Crossrail station

Openings have been left in the middle to bring in rainwater and light to irrigate a central garden, and at either end to open the building up to the streets and waterways.

Fosters + Partners' Canary Wharf Crossrail station

"When open at night, the building will glow, drawing visitors to use the public facilities and garden and creating a welcoming civic gateway to London’s growing commercial district," said Foster + Partners in a statement.

Fosters + Partners' Canary Wharf Crossrail station

Construction work began on the project in 2009, and the above-ground spaces are due to open to the public in 2015 – three years before trains start running through the station.

Fosters + Partners' Canary Wharf Crossrail station

Earlier today, Dezeen revealed that London designers Barber and Osgerby had won the commission to design the exteriors and interiors of the new Crossrail trains.

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Posted on Monday July 14th 2014 at 7:00 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • simhedges

    If the High Speed Train is travelling at 200mph, then if the Tram has to speed up to 200mph and have a five minute transfer time to board dozen of passengers, their luggage, and a wheelchair or two, then we are talking about a 10 mile-long transfer track, plus another 10 miles to speed up and to slow down – so that’s 30 miles of HST track per station.

    If the HST slows down to, say 50mph, then the track becomes shorter, but the benefits are vastly reduced too. I’m not convinced.

    • Eric4354

      Crossrail is not HST.

      • simhedges

        The comment was in relation to the video on this page entitled “A concept for high-speed trains from Priestmangoode proposes transferring passengers to local services while still moving, instead of stopping at stations.”

  • phaasch .

    Even slowing to 50 mph would make interchange vastly more time efficient. However, that length of interchange would need immaculately aligned permanent way, be completely free of any trackside clutter, i.e. catenary and signal posts, etc. And, most of all, would need the right trains to be in the right places at the right times, fine in – say – Germany, but perhaps the biggest challenge for the UK rail network!