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New images of Canary Wharf station released as station construction completes

By Peter MacLennan

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  • Canary Wharf Group plc completes construction of Canary Wharf Crossrail station, the first of ten new Crossrail stations to be completed
  • Focus of work shifts to complex task of fitting out station with railway systems including signalling, overhead line power and platform screens

Canary Wharf Group plc has completed construction of the Crossrail Canary Wharf station and handed over the ticket hall and platform levels to Crossrail Limited.

Crossrail will now start the complicated process of fitting out the station with all the systems needed to operate passenger services including communications equipment, signalling, tunnel ventilation, platform screen doors and overhead line equipment.

When TfL-run Crossrail opens in 2018, journey times to many destinations across London will be reduced. From Canary Wharf, it will take just 6 minutes to travel to Liverpool Street, 8 minutes to Farringdon and 39 minutes to Heathrow.

Canary Wharf Crossrail station concourse level 360° panoramic image

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, said: “This spectacular new station is being delivered ahead of schedule and is a pivotal moment in our Crossrail journey, as we can now prepare for the next major stage of work ahead of the launch of services in 2018. This vital new railway is already proving a huge success for the UK economy and when complete it will boost London’s rail capacity by 10 per cent, providing an enormous benefit to passengers travelling across the capital and beyond.” 

Rail Minister Claire Perry said: “The completion of construction at Canary Wharf station is a significant moment for Crossrail, as we move to the next phase of work on this transformational project. The station is an impressive, world-class building that will serve millions of customers in this important business district, as well as bringing better and faster journeys across London and beyond from 2018, boosting jobs and economic growth.”

Sir George Iacobescu CBE, Chairman and CEO of Canary Wharf Group, said: “The Canary Wharf Crossrail station is a key element in the Canary Wharf Group’s vision to almost double the working population at Canary Wharf over the next 10 years, while contributing to a robust public transport network. The station, which we’ve handed over four months ahead of programme, combines a vibrant mixed use public space for people to shop, eat and relax and it will serve hundreds of thousands of workers and visitors in the years to come.”

Simon Wright, Crossrail Programme Director, said: “This is an exciting milestone for the Crossrail project as construction of the first Crossrail station completes and is handed over for railway systems fit-out. 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 district.”

Canary Wharf Crossrail station platform level 360° panoramic image

Construction of Canary Wharf station box was undertaken by Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Canary Wharf Group plc. The Group contributed £150 million towards the costs of the new Crossrail station and delivered the station box for a fixed price of £500 million.

Situated in the North Dock of West India Quay, Canary Wharf is one of the largest Crossrail stations. The station, retail and park areas are six storeys high and at 256 metres long the development is slightly longer than the height of One Canada Square. The station development will provide a new link between Canary Wharf and Poplar, currently separated by the North Dock, and includes links to the Canary Wharf Estate, via Adams Place and the Jubilee line and DLR stations.

Canary Wharf is the most progressed of Crossrail’s 10 new stations. Eight 30 metre long escalators, nine 11 metre long escalators, six lifts, flooring, wall cladding and space for station services are all in place in the ticket hall level.

Canary Wharf Group has also delivered Crossrail Place, a four-storey retail development above the ticket hall and platform levels, which was opened on 1 May and includes more than 100,000 square feet of retail space. The whole development is topped by a roof garden which incorporates a community performance space and restaurant which is semi-covered by a striking Foster + Partners designed timber lattice roof.

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Work began on the new station in May 2009 by creating a 250 x 30 metre watertight dam in the waters of North Dock using an innovative ‘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.

Over six and a half years the construction team has driven almost 1,000 piles and pumped nearly 100 million litres of dock water. Approximately 300,000 tonnes of material was excavated from beneath the dock bed and almost 375,000 tonnes of concrete poured.

Crossrail will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10 per cent and cut journey times across the city, bringing an extra 1.5 million people within 45 minutes of central London.


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About Canary Wharf station:

  • Station footprint - 256m long (Slightly longer than the height of One Canada Square.)
  • Varies from 25m to 30m wide
  • 314,000ft2 gross floor area
  • Concourse – 185m long, 23m to 28m wide & 4.4m high
  • Platform – 241m long, 14.6m wide & 4.25m/4.7m high
  • Total Escalators : 17
  • Total Lifts : 6
  • Total Escape Staircases: 4 at 2.8m wide from platform to promenade.
  • Oversite Development
  • 290,400 ft2 gross floor area
  • 4 floors of retail and leisure facilities
  • A publicly accessible roof garden
  • 24,500ft2 pavilion structures at roof level.
  • 113,200ft2 Retail Space
  • 18 escalators
  • 11 lifts

Enabling Works:

  • Surrounded by 10m deep dock water
  • A further 18m excavation below dock bed level
  • Almost 1000 piles in total
  • 293 Giken tube piles for the 3-sided cofferdam wall – Japanese ‘silent’ piling system.
  • 120 Anchor piles

Cofferdam Dewatering:

  • 98million litres of dock water removed from inside the cofferdam, removed over a 5 week period
  • Enough dock water to fill 40 Olympic sized swimming pools, fish removed and relocated.

Station Box Construction:

  • 71 Tension piles
  • 30 Plunge Columns
  • Secant pile wall from dock bed to form the South wall.
  • Top down construction within the coffer dam
  • 300,000 tonnes of material excavated
  • Almost 375,000 tonnes of concrete poured.


  • 580 precast platform units
  • Each unit is 4.0m x 2.5m
  • Average unit weight 3.5 tonnes
  • Each unit craned 27metres down to the base slab

Cantilever Roof Arch:

  • Each steel arch weighs 30-35 tonnes
  • Each arch is delivered in 5 sections
  • Each section weighs around 6 tonnes
  • Each section on average is 20m long.


  • December 2008: Development Agreement signed that confirmed arrangements for CWG to design & build the station.
  • May 2009: Formal commencement of construction
  • December 2009: Cofferdam and temporary construction deck complete
  • February/March 2010: 98million litres of water removed from dock
  • July 2010: Piling from dock bed level complete
  • August 2010: Top down construction sequence commences
  • June 2011: Last material removed from the base slab excavation
  • March 2012: Crossrail take over Level -6 of station to prepare for arrival and transit of tunnel boring machines
  • May 2012: M&E installation starts
  • June 2012: construction of the Over Site Development (OSD) starts
  • November 2012: First delivery of the 40 metre-long escalators linking the Promenade (Level -1) to the Ticket Hall (Level -4)
  • December 2012: Completion of main concrete structural works including the OSD
  • May-June 2013: Arrival of Crossrail’s Tunnel Boring Machines (Elizabeth & Victoria)
  • September 2013: Erection of timber roof structure commences.
  • October 2013: Placing of pre-cast platform elements commences.
  • December 2013: Delivery of first escalators between Platform and Ticket Hall.
  • May 2015: Upper 3 floors of retail opening, including roof garden and restaurants.
  • September 2015: Practical Completion of the station
  • Autumn 2015: Crossrail commence fit-out of the railway systems inside the station
  • Late 2018: TfL-run Crossrail services start through central London. 

About Crossrail

The total funding available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 40 stations and run from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When TfL-run Crossrail opens it will increase London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

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.

About Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Group plc has overseen the largest urban regeneration project ever undertaken in Europe, designing and building more than 16m sq ft of iconic London real estate which now houses local and international companies and renowned retailers.

Canary Wharf Group is a wholly owned joint venture between Brookfield Property Partners and the Qatar Investment Authority.

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