Crossrail’s first retail and public realm space has officially opened at Canary Wharf.
Crossrail Place, which contains the new Canary Wharf Crossrail station, has today opened to the public.
The Foster + Partners’ designed seven-storey building is situated in the North Dock. It has four floors of shops and leisure facilities above the two-storey station concourse and platforms. The top of the structure houses a 4,160m² roof garden.
The garden, which will be open to the public and includes a performance space, is planted with shrubs from around the world, selected from places where ships that would have docked at Canary Wharf returned from.
The plants have been arranged so that those from the Western hemisphere are planted on that side of the Meridian line, with those from the Eastern hemisphere on the opposite side.
Piling for Canary Wharf Crossrail Station began in May 2009. It is the largest station on the route and will be the first to open. Trains will service the station from 2018.
Canary Wharf Contractors is the main contractor for the project, with Arup the structural and building services engineer.