- Farringdon diamond ceiling manufactured in Derbyshire, precast segments for Liverpool Street manufactured in Nottinghamshire
Crossrail has completed construction of the striking new architectural ceilings at Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth line stations.
At Farringdon, over 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.
The 25 metre wide ceiling, which weighs over 360 tonnes, is suspended from above to create a memorable cathedral-like entrance that will 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 have grooved, angled ceilings that have been designed to create a sense of space, and reflect the traditional pin striped suits of City workers.
The precast concrete segments that form the new ceilings were produced at Laing O’Rourke’s offsite manufacturing facility in Steetley, near Worksop, which also made the 825 structural components that form Custom House Elizabeth line station.
The Elizabeth line will carry over 200 million passengers per year, adding 10% capacity to central London’s rail network. It will link London’s key employment, leisure and business districts – Heathrow, West End, the City and Canary Wharf, and encourage regeneration all the way across the capital.
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The route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. The Transport for London (TfL) run railway will be named the Elizabeth line when services through central London open in December 2018. The Crossrail project is being delivered by Crossrail Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of TfL, and is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and TfL.