Farringdon Crossrail


BAM worked in joint venture with Ferrovial and Kier to deliver Farringdon Station –the first central London Elizabeth line station to hand over from Crossrail to TfL.

With the Elizabeth line open, Farringdon station is one of the busiest in the UK, connecting with Thameslink and the London Underground.

The Farringdon Crossrail station comprises two platform tunnels linking two new ticket halls in the East and West.


At the West ticket hall a precast ceiling was installed. This is an architectural design with a diamond feature that links back to Hatton Garden. On the East a coffer ceiling has been designed to replicate the roof of the Barbican Centre.



Farringdon was the first Crossrail station to achieve a BREEAM excellent accreditation in its post-construction review for its commitment to sustainability by utilising low carbon technology and sustainable materials.

Cast platform tunnels

Farringdon Station is the only contract to have platform tunnels fully cast, all other platform tunnels on Crossrail were sprayed. A trial was performed using the formwork to demonstrate the proof of concept and savings included:

• 8,000m3 concrete compared to spraying – 3280 tons of CO2 • Casting the platform tunnels reduced the amount of dust in the tunnel thus improving air quality compared with spraying • 1,000 lorry movements from London roads reducing emissions • Working hours spent in the tunnel were reduced by 41% per linear meter compared with spraying

Supporting local communities

Throughout the delivery of Farringdon station, there were 82 apprentices and 10,000 people were inducted into Team BFK. Along with donating off-cut wood to St Albans Community Wood Recycling scheme, a social enterprise working with disadvantaged groups such as long-term unemployed, the project also donated to Boyd Hill Community Art Programme in Brixton. Timber, nuts, bolts, nails were turned into furniture and garden products such as sand pits with the help of local children.

Inspiring women into construction

As part of the team’s on-going efforts to find and inspire the people of the future, they held a Female Industry Insight event with ULAS. This was packed with workshops and activities for students aged 16-18 to take part in who use the innovative ULAS recruitment tool to help shape their futures.

Over 70 female students attended and the event was supported by the Minister of State for Women, Equalities and Early Years, Caroline Dinenage MP, who gave a powerful speech on gender equality and promoting non-gender specific jobs. BBC Radio 5 Live also conducted interviews with Linda Miller, Crossrail Project Manager for Farringdon station and some of the students from the ULAS event to show their support and to help reach out to the wider community.

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