Crossrail Place, a new 115,000 sq. ft. leisure and retail development, has been unveiled to the public today.
The opening is a major milestone in the construction of the Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, which is nearing completion.
Crossrail Place is spread over five storeys above the new, fully submerged Crossrail station. In addition to retail and restaurants, Crossrail Place includes more than 4,160 sq. m. of landscaped roof gardens under a striking timber lattice roof.
Arup led the design team for Canary Wharf Crossrail Station, developing an engineering solution that allows future changes to Crossrail Place to be undertaken without any disruption to the operation of the station below. Arup has worked closely with architects Adamson Associates, Foster + Partners, and Tony Meadows Associates and the client, Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd, since the firm was appointed eight years ago.
The four levels of shopping and restaurant units have been designed as highly-flexible, multi-functional spaces with each unit able to accommodate double-height spaces, mezzanine floors, lifts and stairs. Arup’s team also provided specialist technical advice on the structural design of Crossrail Place’s striking timber roof.
“The main challenge has been to create a leisure and retail development that will attract customers and tenants three years before the Crossrail station opens. This has been achieved by creating a mixture of retail and restaurant units to be built, which are flexible to suit market needs. And by constructing an attractive garden, covered by one of the world’s longest timber roof structure, which makes this a destination in its own right.”
— Tim Worsfold, Arup’s project manager and lead structural engineer for Canary Wharf Crossrail Station
“Arup is proud to have had a key role in the design of Crossrail Place and we are delighted that the public will now be able to enjoy this exciting new space in London. Although the station is due to open in 2018 when train services are scheduled to start, the opening of Crossrail Place achieves a significant project milestone and will provide a tantalising glimpse into the benefits of transport related development in London.”
— Mike Byrne, Arup’s project director for Canary Wharf Crossrail Station