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Country: UK, England
Purpose: railroad, trade, services
Main Contractor: Canary Wharf Group
Architect: Foster and Partners
Our Contribution: Performing static for some of the internal walls.
Crossrail Place is architectural project developed around Canary Wharf station on the Crossrail Elizabeth Line.
This 118 km (73 miles) route has been under construction in Great Britain since 2009. It runs through 37 stations. It connected Shenfield and Gravesend on the eastern side of the British capital with its center and with Heathrow and Reading on the western side of the metropolis. The target capacity is 200 million passengers per year, which is expected to increase the capacity of the London Underground system by 10%.
The cost of the project was valued at 15.4 billion British pounds. The line is expected to become fully operational in 2021 and has a budget overrun of at least half a billion pounds. It is one of the largest infrastructural railway undertakings in Europe. The construction of the line increased the cost of real estate in its vicinity by approximately 30 percent.
CANARY WHARF STATION
Canary Wharf train station on Dog Island in London forms an artificial island in the North Dock. The top five storeys of the station create a mixed-use complex known as Crossrail Place. The station lays on Crossrail line between Whitechapel and Custom House. Construction began in May 2009. The station will start serving rail passenger connections in 2021. The station cost was approx. £ 500 million. As part of the agreement, Canary Wharf Group significantly redesigned the station, designing a large shopping mall and park above the platforms in the middle of the dock. In February 2010, the construction of the station began. At the beginning, special pumps were put into operation to pump out almost 100 million liters of water from the site where the station was designed. Over the next six weeks, the pumps transported masses of water from the specially constructed bulkhead to the North Dock at a maximum speed of 13,500 liters per minute. The station building was built on an island which was drained in this way and was connected to the mainland by a network of bridges. In September 2015, the construction of the station was completed and the focus shifted towards assembling the equipment necessary before the planned opening of the station.
The 5-storey complex, Crossrail Place designed to serve the passengers, in which a significant part of the area was devoted to service, commercial and cultural activities, was developed over the platforms of the Canary Wharf station. The complex was partially opened on May 1, 2015. Architect Magazine described Crossrail Place as "a huge ship-like building". Its roof is the largest wooden project in the UK. It was designed by Foster + Partners and Arup. The complex include shops and a cinema, as well as a roof garden available to teh visitors all year round. In the garden, there are plant specimens from the eastern and western hemispheres, arranged in relation to the meridian line.