New images released by Crossrail highlight the progress being made with the architectural fit out of the Elizabeth line stations in central London. The images highlight the common architectural components used to create a recognisable look and feel to the railway, as well as bespoke elements designed to reflect the character of local areas.
If the extension of the Jubilee line in the 1990s opted for a high-tech feel, with cavernous bare concrete spaces criss-crossed by polished metal, the Elizabeth line has gone for a sleeker, more parametric offering, with glass-fibre reinforced concrete (GRC) tunnels having more than a hint of the space-age about them. The stations and ticket halls themselves are more textural, having been given brick and concrete treatments inspired by nearby landmarks.
“Crossrail is working with the best architects and engineers in the world to create a railway that builds upon the unrivalled heritage of London and its iconic transport network. As the project passes 85 per cent complete, these new images highlight the progress being made to install the architectural elements that will soon become familiar to the hundreds of thousands of passengers who will use the Elizabeth line every day when it opens in December 2018.”
Julian Robinson Head of Architecture, Crossrail