A 100t concrete column has been constructed at Paddington Station in London as part of the Crossrail transformation works.
A series of eight reinforced concrete columns have been erected at platform level to support the station and building above. Each elliptical column is flared at the top and will be clad in bronze to head height at their base.
At ground level the station will be covered by a 90m steel and glass canopy.
The construction of the new station has been made possible by the earlier Paddington Integrated Project which opened up the north side of the station with a spacious new concourse next to the canal basin at Paddington Waterside. The project, which was completed in 2012, included a new Hammersmith & City line station and new taxi facility.
The Elizabeth line Paddington station will open in December 2018 when a train every two and a half minutes at peak time will run through central London and the Docklands to Abbey Wood.