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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 2022 Crossrail will be known as the Elizabeth Line, carrying over 400,000 passengers daily.

The challenge

Our challenge was to embed the station's design into the historic fabric of Soho and St Giles. The area is characterised by a wealth of historic buildings and a gridded Georgian street pattern - it is also home to London’s finest bars, clubs and theatres. The station had to be integrated into the design of the existing station upgrade, delivered by London Underground, while 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 to ensure that travelers could intuitively navigate their way through what will become the largest underground metro system in Europe, achieved by a careful selection of material palettes and use of colour. Five artists were commissioned to create site-specific artwork that references the station's locality, adding both visual and cultural markers within the station.

Innovating through design

The light fittings at Tottenham Court Road station nods to the stage lighting seen in Soho's many theatres. The perforated metal drum fittings acoustically attenuates 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 interiors, both within the ticket halls and the 250m-long platforms. The platforms are clad in GFRC panels that follow the curved profiles of the concrete tunnels. We have designed elements of the building to be prefabricated; precast brick cladding panels will be installed within the 20m tall ventilation shaft above ground.

As part of Crossrail 1 the Elizabeth Line, Europe’s largest infrastructure project, Hawkins\Brown is 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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