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Introducing the Elizabeth Line

Tottenham Court Road Station is one of the central section stations being constructed for Crossrail 1, which is currently Europe’s largest construction project. When completed in 2019 Crossrail will be known as the Elizabeth Line, carrying over 400,000 passengers daily.

The challenge

Our challenge was to integrate the design for the station into the historic fabric of Soho and St Giles, areas characterised by the gridded Georgian street pattern and its historic architecture as well as being home to London’s finest bars, clubs and theatres. The new Crossrail station also had to be integrated into the design and construction of the station currently being delivered by London Underground increasing the old ticket hall serving the northern and central line to six times its original size.

Even though Dean street ticket hall is submerged six stories under the ground we still needed to add additional concrete piles to ensure that structure wasn’t pushed out of the ground by heave.

Platform for Design: Tottenham Court Road Station

The big idea

The station's interiors were developed through the use of both colour and materials to ensure that travelers could intuitively navigate there way through what will be the largest underground metro system in Europe. Narratives in the form of in situ artworks by five artists that made reference to the stations locality added both visual and cultural markers within the station.

Innovating through design

The designs for our station light fittings made reference to the stage and theatre lighting within the Soho. The fittings formed as perforated metal drums functioned as a means of acoustically attenuating the space, absorbing background noise that would otherwise make station announcements inaudible. The lights are placed playfully on the station soffits mimicking the flow of passengers through the station.

Project update

We are currently coordinating the fit out of the station interior both within the ticket halls and the 250m long platforms which are clad in GFRC panels, the geometries of which follow the curved profiles of the concrete tunnels. We have designed elements of the building to be prefabricated and currently the contractor is installing precast brick cladding panels to the 20m tall ventilation shaft above ground.

As part of Crossrail 1 the Elizabeth Line, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Hawkins\Brown are currently delivering three new Crossrail stations at Tottenham Court Road, Bond Street and Liverpool Street. Tottenham Court Road is a significant interface for the new Crossrail line and London Underground network; in addition to the new Crossrail station, we recently completed an upgrade to the Underground station and we are also designing an over site development.

Read the Crossrail Case Study

Project Summary


  • AJ100 Awards 2016 - Architectural Collaboration of the Year - Shortlisted
  • BD Architect of the Year Awards 2016 - Infrastructure - Winner

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