Pascall+Watson to Work on Crossrail West StationsJuly 2014
Network Rail is responsible for delivering the western section of the Crossrail route on the existing surface network that runs from Paddington in west London to Heathrow Airport and Reading. The stations on the route will undergo a number of enhancements to facilitate the new Crossrail services due to begin in 2019.
The project will now become a design and build contract for fourteen sites and is divided into Inner and Outer packages. The Inner package comprises six stations: Acton Main Line, Ealing Broadway, West Ealing, Hanwell, Southall, and Hayes and Harlington. The Outer package comprises eight sites, stations at: West Drayton, Iver, Langley, Slough, Burnham, Taplow and Maidenhead, plus the provision of staff accommodation at Maidenhead. The modifications to the stations are to accommodate the operation of the new, 205m long Crossrail trains, requiring increased station facilities, longer platforms and revised canopies, footbridges, lift and stair arrangements, thereby improving access for all. The proposed works also provide for upgrades to power supplies, M&E and SISS systems.
Bennetts Associates has worked on the scheme since 2004 and has developed designs from the Parliamentary Bill through to Network Rail’s GRIP 4 stage (RIBA D or 3). This includes the recent reworking of the Ealing Broadway scheme to a more ambitious brief by Crossrail that has been well received and is being followed by similar exercises at other key locations such as Hayes & Harlington and Southall.
The detailed design and delivery stages for the western surface stations were tendered separately, with the contractor-led (Taylor Woodrow) team including Pascall+Watson as architects. The contract was awarded in October 2013.
Pascall+Watson, working as part of the Taylor Woodrow team with consultants Hyder Consulting and Fourway Communications are now delivering the detailed design with Network Rail to meet Crossrail’s aspirations. GRIP 5 detailed design on trackside elements commenced in October 2013 to meet build programme and possession requirements, with completion due in September 2015 (stations) and October 2016 (Maidenhead accommodation).
Bennetts Associates will be retained by Network Rail and Crossrail in a design review role to ensure compliance with design intent and maintain dialogue with the local authorities.
When completed, the project will deliver improved Great Western route suburban services by offering:
- Improved passenger experience with four new station buildings and significant improvements to a number of other stations
- New and longer trains
- Electric trains providing a cleaner, quieter and smoother journey than the current diesel trains used west of Paddington
- Journeys into the West End, City and east London without the need to change trains
New station buildings will be constructed at Acton Main Line, West Ealing, Southall and Hayes and Harlington, whilst significant modifications will be provided at Ealing Broadway and West Drayton.