The new Crossrail (Elizabeth Line) Custom House Station is the only Central Section surface station. The new station in East London sits next to the DLR station, and is one stop from Canary Wharf on the Elizabeth Line.
The station will welcome regional and international visitors to London’s largest conference centre ExCel, and create a transport interchange with DLR and local buses, providing further benefits such as enabling reduced journey times at ExCel and London City Airport.
The station will provide a focus for the regeneration of the wider and local areas, which comprise mostly 1960s brick-built terraced houses and mixed tenure low-rise flats of between three and four storeys, in line with London Borough of Newham’s aspirations and the Canning Town and Custom House Masterplan.
The new station at Custom House will replace the disused North London Line station and is comprised of three parts:
- a new 24 hour public route from Custom House to ExCel and the Royal Docks via the construction of three new bridges
- the Crossrail station itself; an elevated concourse above an island platform formed in precast concrete with steel- framed canopy and roof structures
- a two-storey building, which will form the station entrance
Accessed via three bridges, two over the DLR and the other over the Victoria Dock Road, the station has been designed for a 120 year design life and features very high quality specification ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene) canopy pillow roof, whilst below concourse level precast coffered slabs create a stylish design feature at platform level.
Ramboll has provided civil and structural engineering, architecture, mechanical, electrical and public health engineering, fire consultancy, ecology, urban realm design, facade engineering, geotechnical services and managed design assurance whilst working closely with Crossrail to integrate the complex project’s developing needs into the detailed design.
Ramboll has led all contractors’ design, detailing the novel concept of using an exposed precast concrete structural frame solution, developed using Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) principles to improve buildability of the station frame. Off-site precast concrete manufacturing significantly simplifies construction, saves time, improves quality and increases safety, which is particularly beneficial at this heavily constrained site.