Liverpool Street Station\

Introducing the Elizabeth Line

We are working with Arup and Laing O’Rourke in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre on the detail design and construction of the new Crossrail Liverpool Street Station and public realm.

The big idea

The station will provide new entrances and ticket halls at both Liverpool Street and Moorgate and new longer platforms and interchange routes through the station. The new ticket halls will relieve congestion, provide step-free access and seamless interchanges for the people who live, work and travel through the area.

One of the challenges faced is keeping both Moorgate and Liverpool street station operational whilst the works are carried out. This has been addressed by utilising prefabricated concrete building components that enable the new station to be erected with the least possible disruption to the passengers.

We are currently collaborating with the Victoria Miro Gallery to find a world class artist to create a site specific artwork.

The bigger picture

The public space around the station will be re-modelled to provide areas for people to work and relax in, with wider pavements, more trees and seating. Vehicular traffic has been rerouted, creating a generous pedestrian realm for the anticipated 200,000 people who will pass through the station both at Broadgate and at Moorgate everyday.

Did you know?

There are 2,000 years of history buried beneath the site of Crossrail's Liverpool Street station, including the foundations of Broad Street railway station; the former Bedlam burial ground; Moorfields marsh; a Roman road and the Walbrook, one of London’s lost rivers. Over 1000 individual artefacts were discovered.

Almost 100,000m2 of excavated material will be removed.

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, all due for completion in 2021. 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

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Project Summary

Project Team

Engineers: Arup, Mott Macdonald
Contractor: Laing O’Rourke
Local Authority: City of London
Architect: Hawkins\Brown, Wilkinson Eyre
CGI Artist: AVR London


A significant element of the ticket hall design, at both Moorgate and Broadgate entrances are the precast concrete soffits and columns. These critical design items are extensively developed and prototyped off site, by Laing O’Rourke’s in-house manufacturing and assembly team. Prototypes are adapted, tested and inspected to meet several quality benchmarks, before being approved for site. This off site development allows for higher levels of quality assurance and standardisation of the many precast modules, while vastly reducing construction time on site.


All central Crossrail stations are adopting the BREEAM approach to design; the first time this methodology has been applied to underground stations. Through working closely with contractors and project managers, Crossrail are developing techniques to constantly improve energy performance; in both construction and use 99% of construction waste material is being used or recycled and 32% of construction material is from recycled sources.

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