Grimshaw and Atkins design Crossrail prototype
Mock-up station built at Leighton Buzzard
Grimshaw Architects and Atkins have designed a prototype Crossrail station to help final design decisions for the real stations.
The mock-up, which measures 20m in length with a ceiling height of 5m above the platform-edge doors, has been built at a specialist construction test centre in Leighton Buzzard. It also includes a 4m-long side-tunnel entrance providing entrance and exit.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: “We need to check the station designs meet the high standards Londoners require, but also that the materials we use can withstand the rigours of being used by millions of passengers. Those tests mean that when work begins on the real McCoy later this year we can be confident we will be building the best possible Crossrail stations.”
The £15.9 billion cross-London rail link, due to be finished in 2017, will include seven new stations in central London where platforms will be 250m long to accommodate the 200m-long trains.
Architects working on the central London stations include John McAslan & Partners, Foster & Partners and Wilkinson Eyre, all of whom will be able to visit the prototype.