Construction of the new Custom House Crossrail station has been completed a year and a day after assembly began.
Large sections of the new station were manufactured by Laing O’Rourke in Steetley, near Sheffield, and then transported 210km to east London and assembled on site.
The 825 station components were installed using a purpose-built 35t gantry crane.
The process of manufacturing large sections of the station off site in pre-cast concrete significantly simplified the process of building the station, saving time, reducing disruption, improving quality and making the process safer.
Crossrail project manager at Custom House Mujahid Khalid said: “Piecing together the 825 sections that make up the station’s structure has been a bit like a giant jigsaw puzzle. It’s been impressive to see the building go up so quickly and efficiently and a lot of hard work has gone in from everyone on the project.
“Now the structure is complete, the focus will turn to fitting out the building with escalators, lifts and everything else to turn it into a fully operating station.”
When it opens in 2018, Custom House Crossrail station will be served by up to 12 trains an hour allowing passengers to travel from Custom House to Bond Street in 17 minutes and to Heathrow in 45 minutes.