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Canary Wharf Crossrail station takes shape as construction work ramps-up above and below ground

By Stuart Buss

Canary Wharf Crossrail station takes shape as construction work ramps-up above and below ground
  • Huge station box being prepared for first tunnelling machine to arrive in Spring
  • Canary Wharf Group’s retail and park development climbs four storeys above the station ready for fit-out to begin
  • First escalators lifted into the station and work underway on new elevated pedestrian walkway that will connect station with existing Canary Wharf estate

The new Canary Wharf Crossrail station is making good progress as the project heads into a year of important construction milestones, Canary Wharf Group and Crossrail announced today.

Canary Wharf Group began work on the new Canary Wharf station in May 2009, by creating a 250m long and 30m wide watertight dam in the waters of North Dock, using an innovative new ‘silent’ piling method. The station box was then built ‘top down’, 28 metres below the water surface to create the ticket hall and platform levels. This was followed by the start of construction above the new station where Canary Wharf Group is delivering a four-storey retail development, topped by a roof top garden, community facility and restaurant semi-covered by a striking Foster-designed timber lattice roof.

Progress made to-date and key milestones ahead in the Canary Wharf station construction works include:

Station box and ticket hall levels:

Work completed to prepare the four 7.6m diameter “tunnel eyes” at either end of the station box for the arrival and onwards progression of two Tunnel Boring Machines (TBM) currently tunnelling their way from Limmo Peninsula near Canning Town

The first TBM, 1,000 tonne Elizabeth, will break through into the Canary Wharf station box in the spring followed by sister machine Victoria shortly afterwards

Work will begin next month to construct a temporary steel ‘cradle’ that will carry and support the TBMs as they move into the station box

Once both TBMs have passed through the station box, work will start in mid 2013 to construct the passenger platforms

Station fit-out works are continuing, including escalators and the installation of ventilation, mechanical and electrical equipment, drainage and utilities

Architectural fit out works are underway with glass wall cladding being installed in the escalator tunnels

All public areas in the station’s ticket hall level will be substantially complete by summer 2013 – the 185 metre-long ticket hall is designed to handle 32,000 passengers during each morning peak period

Upper levels and retail development:

The main structural works for Canary Wharf Group’s four-storey retail development above the station are complete – work is now focusing on the services and fit out of the upper levels which are intended to open in 2015, three years before the first trains are due to run

The first two huge new escalators have been lifted into the station which will transfer passengers from the main podium level of the building to the ticket hall level. Eight escalators will be installed altogether by the summer, each nearly 40 metres long.

Work is underway on the elevated walkway across Adams Place which will provide a covered pedestrian route to the station shopping mall entrance. The first of the covered segments for the walkway have now been installed with the new walkway to be completed this summer

Upper Bank Street bridge has been demolished to allow the completion of the main station structure – construction of the permanent replacement structure which will reinstate the road connection into Canary Wharf is well advanced

Work on the striking Foster-designed timber lattice roof will begin in late 2013. This will sit above the rooftop garden level and the four-storey retail development

Andrew Wolstenholme, Crossrail’s Chief Executive said: “The construction of Canary Wharf station is firmly on track and gives us an early glimpse of the world-class new stations, improved transport links and huge commercial development that Crossrail will deliver throughout London. With the upper station levels continuing to take shape, we are focussing on getting the station box below ground ready for the breakthrough of the first tunnelling machine in the spring, one of the biggest milestones on the Crossrail project so far.”

Cliff Bryant, Executive Director of Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, said: “It’s a privilege to be able to help deliver an infrastructure project that will transform our great city for generations to come. The construction team has done a terrific job delivering the Station Box five months ahead of schedule, ready for the tunnel boring machines to come through. Now we have the main structure in place above the station for an attractive new shopping development, roof top park, and the impressive Foster-designed roof. We hope Londoners will eventually consider this to be one of the city’s finest train stations.”

Canary Wharf Crossrail station will be one of the largest stations on the Crossrail route. Crossrail will dramatically increase the capacity and resilience of transport services to and from Canary Wharf and the surrounding area, helping underpin further development and investment in this key business and shopping district.

Journey times will be cut to many destinations across London. It will take just 6 minutes to travel to Liverpool Street, 8 minutes to Farringdon and 39 minutes to Heathrow. The Crossrail service at Canary Wharf will be 12 trains per hour in each direction during the peak. Crossrail services will commence in 2018.

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For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email [email protected]

Hamish McDougall, Canary Wharf Group Press Office, Tel. 020 7418 2326, Email [email protected]

About Crossrail:

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.