Liverpool Street Station (Elizabeth line)\

Introducing the Elizabeth Line

Working with Arup and Laing O’Rourke in collaboration with Wilkinson Eyre, we have delivered the detail design and construction of the new Liverpool Street Station and public realm for the Elizabeth line.

The design provides new entrances and ticket halls at both Liverpool Street and Moorgate, with new, longer Elizabeth line platforms and interchange routes into the existing station.

The new ticket halls will relieve congestion and provide step-free access and seamless interchanges for the people who live, work and travel through the area. New forecourts and plazas have been created around the entrances to extend the public realm with wider pavements, trees, and seating, accommodating the anticipated 200,000 people who will pass through the station both at Broadgate and at Moorgate everyday.

One of the challenges was keeping both Moorgate and Liverpool Street Station operational while work was carried out. This was achieved by utilising prefabricated concrete building components to enable the new station to be erected with minimal disruption to passengers.

The dense urban location made this project a tricky piece of infrastructure to thread into its surroundings, with work having to squeeze in between existing buildings. Layers of history had to be revealed before work could get underway with almost 100,000 square metres of excavated material removed from the site.

Did you know?

There are 2,000 years of history buried beneath the site of the Elizabeth line station at Liverpool Street , 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). In total, over 1000 individual artefacts were discovered.

Hawkins\Brown has delivered two other of the new Elizabeth line stations at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street.

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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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