Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

Crossrail has this week completed work on the architectural ceilings at the Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth Line stations and released a number of striking images of the work that has been done to the two stations.

At Farringdon, over 100 diamond-shaped concrete segments were pieced together to create a lattice roof which was inspired by the historic Hatton Garden jewellery quarter opposite the station.

Farringdon Station - April 2017 267444

The ceiling spans 25 metres wide and the concrete weighs over 360 tonnes. It is being suspended from above to create what Crossrail describe as a “memorable cathedral-like entrance that will welcome passengers travelling down to the new Elizabeth Line platforms from the western ticket hall”.

Farringdon Station - April 2017 267430

At Liverpool Street, the ticket halls at either end of the station boast grooved angled ceilings that have been designed to create a sense of space, and are meant to reflect the aesthetic of pinstripe suits worn by City workers.

Liverpool Street Station - April 2017 267179

The precast concrete segments are made up of 825 structural components that form the Custom House Elizabeth Line station.

Architectural ceiling installed within Broadgate ticket hall at Liverpool Street station 252785

When it is completed, the Elizabeth Line will carry 200 million passengers per year and boost the capacity of central London’s rail network by 10%.

Today’s news follows an announcement by Network Rail at the end of March that important electrification work had been completed on a 12-mile stretch of railway between Maidenhead and Stockley Junction.

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Andrew Gwilt   24/04/2017 at 19:12

These new designs and structures at the Elizabeth Line stations in Central London including Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Custom House in East London and other stations on the Elizabeth Line will have their own characteristics and yes once the whole line is fully opened with new trains also been built and delivered on time. It will allow millions of people who live in London and across the Greater London area and outskirts of London in which will benefit from the new Elizabeth Line and to cut journey times from Shenfield-Reading & Heathrow Airport and Abbey Wood-Reading & Heathrow Airport less than 1-2 hours with interchanges to London Underground, National Rail (including Thameslink), DLR, London Overground and buses and flights to & from Heathrow Airport terminals will also make a difference much easier and more better to use the Elizabeth Line to catch a flight from Heathrow to any destination. And the proposal of Crossrail 2 that could also start from next year or in 2020 and to be completed in 2025. Plus the Elizabeth Line will also have a new international station in West London to connect with the proposed HS2 line aswell at Heathrow Airport.

Chris M   25/04/2017 at 02:30

No Andrew, crossrail 2 will not be built by 2025. The legislation is likely to take until 2023 alone.

Mark Hare   25/04/2017 at 12:05

Thanks for that summary Andrew. I'm sure nobody on here was aware of the scope of the Crossrail project. Very kind of you to educate us all on what is involved.

Pwt   25/04/2017 at 14:31

I wasn't aware that there was going to be an "international" station in West London. That's a new one on me!

Andrew Gwilt   25/04/2017 at 23:37

Well that's what Old Oak Common station will be known as a International station for HS2 and it's planned to be built in the next 8 years.

Andrew Gwilt   26/04/2017 at 07:47

Suppose that Crossrail 2 could be completed in 2023 and with extension also planned including the extension to Epping via Leytonstone (via using the Central Line), extension to Potters Bar and Welwyn Garden City and Crossrail 2 to extend to Hertford East, Harlow Town and possibly extend to Stansted Airport and Crossrail 2 to extend to Guildford and Epsom Downs.

Jon   26/04/2017 at 08:53

So on being told that Crossrail 2 won't be completed by 2025, instead it's now 2023, with all manner of fictional extensions. This isn't even an article about Crossrail 2.

Jon   26/04/2017 at 08:54

Also, I've seen no sources stating that Old Oak Common will be an "International" station.

Pwt   26/04/2017 at 09:02

That was my point. I'm well aware that there will be a HS2/Crossrail station in Old Oak Common but I just cannot see us having another "international" station in London with no international trains calling there.

Andrew G   26/04/2017 at 23:01

I do like the architectural shaped ceilings at Liverpool Street Elizabeth Line station. Its like stepping into a brand new futuristic station. similar architectural features at other stations in Central London including Paddington, Farringdon, Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street stations and Whitechapel station in East London on the Elizabeth Line. Other railway stations on the Elizabeth Line are also having the revamp and refurbishment as part of the Crossrail project works and to be part of the Elizabeth Line network.

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