Project reaches substantial completion - as railway handed £825m bailout

AHR’s Farringdon Crossrail station has become the first on the central London section of the route to reach a handover landmark – a week after the railway was handed a £825m bailout by the government.

Farringdon has been given a T-12 rating, meaning the station is substantially complete and is now considered to be 12 weeks away from being ready for handover to Transport for London (TfL).

Work at the station, which has been built by a Bam, Ferrovial and Kier (BFK) joint venture, will now focus on the testing and commissioning of systems. The BFK team has now begun demobilising ahead of the handover process.

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Source: Crossrail Ltd

The station was designed by a team consisting of architect AHR, Aecom as engineer and landscape practice Burns & Nice.The appointments were made so long ago that AHR was then known as Aedas and specialist engineer Scott Wilson had not yet been rebranded as part of Aecom. The founders of forerunner Scott & Wilson, Kirkpatrick & Partners were responsible for the D-Day Mulberry Harbours, the Royal Festival Hall and Chiswick and Twickenham bridges over the Thames. Burns & Nice, which was based a stone’s throw from station at Cowcross Street, went into liquidation last April after 22 years in business and was formally dissolved this summer.

Farringdon will have two main entrances, both with ticket halls, one at the Barbican and the other at the existing Farringdon Underground and Thameslink station. PLP and John Robertson Architects were responsible for overstation developments.

It is expected to be one of the busiest stations in the UK as it will connect with three tube lines as well as national rail services.

>> From the archive: On site with Weston Williamson at Paddington Crossrail station


Custom House, designed by Arup, Atkins and Allies & Morrison, was the first of the new Crossrail stations to be handed over to TfL earlier this year.

Paddington, which was designed by Weston Williamson, is expected to be the next Crossrail station to complete.