Crossrail-funded redevelopments of Stepney City Farm were officially opened by local dignitaries on Saturday, marking the completion of Crossrail’s first major community project.
The project has contributed £1M to reconfigure the farm, which was set up in 1979, with new fencing, a purpose-built barn and new workshop and gallery space in return for the use of some of the farm’s land for construction of shaft at Stepney for the new rail link.
The hand over was marked with a special open day with food and music to celebrate completion of the improvements. Tower of Hamlets mayor Lutfur Rahman said: “We are working closely with Stepney City Farm and Crossrail to help minimise the impacts and maximise the benefits for the local community during Crossrail’s construction phase. Crossrail will provide transport and economic benefits to the area and we support its work. Crossrail’s funding of the animal barn and rural craft centre will provide even greater long-lasting benefits for the local comminuty.”
The farmland given over for use by Crossrail is being used by a joint venture of Dragados and Sisk to construct a 60m long, 15m wide, 34.5m deep shaft from which the largest sprayed concrete lined caverns in Europe will be built. The caverns will house the crossover tunnels that will enable Crossrail trains to serve the two eastern terminals at Abbey Wood in north Kent and Shenfield in Essex.