With Lakesmere currently completing work at the new Reading Station project and at Heathrow Airport’s new Terminal 2 development, the team is unlikely to be daunted by the new Crossrail station’s challenging site location on the North Dock of West India Quay where the project will be completely surrounded by water.The first phase of Lakesmere’s contract will commence in the Summer, with the two-month programme including the design and installation of the buttress cladding, louvres, handrails, anodised aluminium rainscreen, feature metalwork and ‘sloped’ cladding. Lakesmere will complete work at both ends of the station box, which is the length of almost three football pitches, with the second phase of Lakesmere’s contract commencing one year later, in Summer 2014.
McMullen Facades Limited, which is part of the Lakesmere group of companies following Lakesmere’s acquisition of the company’s trade and assets in December 2012, has also been appointed to work on the new Crossrail station. The team will deliver an innovative glazing and cladding package that will include providing shop front glazing to the station’s four storeys of retail space, two levels of which are underwater.
The station at Canary Wharf is the first, and likely one of the largest, to be constructed as part of the ambitious new Crossrail railway. The striking development, which is being delivered by Canary Wharf Contractors Ltd, has been built ‘top down’, with the ticket hall and platform levels 28 meters below water level. Above the station are two ‘underwater’ floors of retail space, with a further two above ground level, before the station is completed by a roof top garden, restaurant and community facility that is partly covered by a striking timber lattice roof. Once complete, the length of the station box is expected to be some 260 metres long, rivalling the height of many of London’s tallest buildings.