Over 100 diamond shaped pre-cast concrete slabs are being installed in the new ticket hall at Farringdon Crossrail station to create a visually striking architectural ceiling.
Farringdon station is undergoing a major redevelopment to increase capacity, improve accessibility and upgrade interchanges as part of the building of Crossrail. The new station building and the introduction of the Elizabeth line service will help ease overcrowding and support economic growth in the area.
Two new ticket halls are connected by 250m platforms, located 30m below ground. The western end located on the corner of Farringdon Road and Cowcross Street will provide access to and from the Thameslink ticket hall. The eastern end is bound by Charterhouse Street, Lindsey Street and Long Lane.
When the Elizabeth line opens in 2018, Farringdon station will be one of the busiest in the UK, connecting with Thameslink and the London Underground to provide links with outer London, the home counties, the City, Canary Wharf and three of London’s five airports.
New ticket halls
Cowcross Street ticket hall current works
This new ticket hall opened in December 2011 and was designed to accommodate the additional capacity when Crossrail’s services run from 2018.
In Farringdon’s platform tunnels, Crossrail said that the rail fit-out teams are busy installing floor-to-ceiling platform edge screens which provide a critical safety feature. The screens create a physical barrier between the platform and the track.
Crossrail added that the works to connect the station with the Thameslink Ticket Hall are progressing well with the apse ceiling being assembled and installed over the coming months.
Long Lane ticket hall current works
A new ticket hall is being constructed at the eastern end adjacent to the London Underground Barbican station. It is linked to the Cowcross Street Ticket Hall by two platform tunnels which are among the longest on the route at 350m, more than double the length of the Hammersmith and City line platforms.
Crossrail said that the construction of the new ticket hall is well underway with the steel superstructure now rising out of the ground. When complete, it said that the buildings would provide ventilation and emergency access, and house mechanical and electrical equipment for each of the new ticket halls. Installation of the coffer ceiling is also progressing – its design references the Brutalist style of the nearby Barbican Centre.