The station is set to be one of the busiest in the UK, connecting with Thameslink and the London Underground to run links with outer London, the home counties, the City, Canary Wharf and three of London’s five airports.
Farringdon is the first of the central London stations to reach the T-12 landmark. This means the station works has reached a significant point and is now considered to be 12 weeks away from being ready for handover to Transport for London (TfL), who will operate the Elizabeth line.
Work at the station will now focus on the widespread testing and commissioning of systems ahead of the Elizabeth line opening.
Farringdon Elizabeth line station has been built by the Bam, Ferrovial and Kier Joint Venture (BFK JV) and will have accessible step-free access for passengers from street to train.
Waldeck were responsible for creating the precast concrete design for striking new architectural ceilings at the station.
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Tim Leach, Director of Civil & Structural Engineering at Waldeck, explains:
“Our Civil and Structural Engineering team were given the conceptual designs for the roof and tasked with digitally creating the detailed design for the ceilings. The bespoke pre-cast concrete ceiling consists of over 100 diamond-shaped concrete segments, which were pieced together on-site to create a dramatic lattice roof.
“The 25m ceiling weighs over 360 tonnes and is suspended to create a memorable cathedral-like entrance to the station, inspired by the historic Hatton Garden jewellery quarter located opposite the station.”
Mark Wild, Crossrail Chief Executive, said:
“This is an incredibly important landmark for both the team at Farringdon station and for the Crossrail project as a whole.
“We have now reached the end of the construction phase at the first of our central London stations and the start of the testing and safety assurance journey which will enable us to hand over the station to Transport for London and open the Elizabeth line to passengers.
“I am proud of everyone who has worked so hard to get this magnificent new railway station over the line and I know that when it is open to passengers it will become an important and much-loved addition to London’s transport network.”
To find out more about Waldeck’s Precast Design capability, please call Tim Leach on 08450 990285 or send him an e-mail here.