PHOTOS: Striking new ceilings completed at Elizabeth line stations
Photographs showing “striking” new architectural ceilings on some of London’s newest underground railway platforms were released on Friday, as Crossrail completed construction of the features at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations on the under-construction Elizabeth line.
The Transport for London subsidiary said that at Farringdon, more than 100 diamond-shaped concrete segments - precast by Evans Concrete in Alfreton, Derbyshire - were pieced together to create a dramatic lattice roof inspired by the historic Hatton Garden jewellery quarter located opposite the station.
It said the 25 metre-wide ceiling, which weighs over 360 tonnes, is suspended from above to create a “memorable cathedral-like entrance” that would welcome passengers travelling down to the new Elizabeth line platforms from the western ticket hall.
At Liverpool Street, the ticket halls at either end of the station now have grooved, angled ceilings that were designed to create a sense of space, and reflect the traditional pin striped suits of City workers, Crossrail said.
“The precast concrete segments that form the new ceilings were produced at Laing O’Rourke’s off site manufacturing facility in Steetley, near Worksop, which also made the 825 structural components that form Custom House Elizabeth line station,” Crossrail said in its statement.
The Elizabeth line will carry more than 200 million passengers per year, adding 10% capacity to central London’s rail network.
TfL said it will link London’s key employment, leisure and business districts – Heathrow, the West End, the City and Canary Wharf, and encourage regeneration “all the way across” the capital.