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Wednesday30 July 2014

Grimshaw and Atkins design Crossrail prototype

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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.

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  • Karl Duvall

    WOW, that is some model...

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  • Mike Duriez

    Not so bad, but I prefer Stalin's heroic Moscow metro.

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  • James Balston

    Mike, the ceilings are high enough to add some chandeliers if budget allows

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  • Michael Duckworth

    I wish we would add more colour to our stations, the Swedes do it so well.

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  • The birth of "Grimkins" heroic(not)!!!????

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  • Henry Scrace

    James, yes! It really needs chandeliers! I knew something was missing.

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  • Very nice but what will they look like once media branding takes hold & how costly are those curvy wall/soffit panels?

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  • Mike Duriez

    Yes, Tony. Of course it won't look so nice once of those costly curvy panels needs to be replaced in a non-matching shade of cream.

    And will all the underground stations look exactly the same to help passengers get off at the wrong stops?

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  • Leighton Buzzard, hasn't someone taken a wrong turning??

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