Sitting below a five storey mixed-use development known as Crossrail Place, the new Canary Wharf station helps connect this key business district to the City of London, the West End and Heathrow. At the same time, it acts as a bridge between two communities - Canary Wharf Estate and Poplar to the north.
The 250 metre-long station box is surrounded by the water of West India Quay dock. Designing a station to be built 18 metres below water level presented significant design challenges but has resulted in optimum access to and through the Canary Wharf Estate while retaining a navigable channel for boats within the dock.
The station ticket hall is accessed via eight long-rise escalators from the promenade level entrances at either end of the building. A visual connection between the station platforms and the concourse level above is achieved through the use of large openings between the two floors and a central spine of vertical circulation reinforced by the use of colour and light. More than one hundred thousand square feet of retail and leisure space sits above the station.
A 310 metre-long timber lattice roof, sheltering a striking roof-top garden, lets in light and rain for natural irrigation. Translucent air filled pillows allow direct views in and out of the building. Sustainably sourced beams provide a warm, natural counterpoint to the glass and steel towers of Canary Wharf.
The nautical reference extends beyond the main structure of the building to the angled design of the buttress ends, anchoring the striking timber lattice roof.
- Step-free from street to platform
- 28m below ground
- 241m passenger platform length
- 68,000 passengers predicted per day on the Elizabeth line
- 12 trains per hour (peak)
ELIZABETH LINE SERVICES FROM CANARY WHARF
When the full route opens, an Elizabeth line service every five minutes at peak time will allow passengers to travel all the way through to Paddington, Heathrow or Reading in the west and Abbey Wood in the east.