Underpinning passengers’ positive experience of the new Crossrail transport system, a consortium of Atkins, Grimshaw, GIA Equation and Maynard has created a suite of interior finishes for stations and tunnels that includes elements for cladding, flooring, platform screens, seating, wayfinding and lighting.
Drawing on the expertise of its multi-disciplinary team of architects, engineers and product designers, the Crossrail components introduce a consistent look and feel to the central London stations. The design of the range takes into consideration how qualities of light, tactility, sight and sound affect everyone’s journey, pairing the impact of passenger experience with practical concerns for optimum performance and maintenance.
Together, this has shaped a range of components that are integrated within the fabric of Crossrail and give passengers a coherent, intuitive way to pass through the environment.
The line-wide components offer economies of scale and the advantages of modern manufacturing while their robust, self-finished materials ensure longevity. The separation of ‘technology elements’ allows flexibility for the stations to evolve, providing a smooth and uncluttered canvas for the 200 million passengers expected each year.
The tunnels have been sprayed with concrete and the first glass fibre-reinforced cladding components are being installed on the sites.
A life size mockup of a Crossrail platform is used to extensively test the architectural components of a platform including its materials, wayfinding and lighting.
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