Crossrail Architectural Components - Maynard

Crossrail is the new high frequency railway for London and the South East, set to go live in 2018. It will make travelling into and across London easier and quicker, reducing crowding on the transport network.

Maynard forms part of the multi-disciplinary C100 consortium for the Crossrail project alongside Atkins, Grimshaw and GIA Equation. The brief was to design a unified family of products and systems, creating a Crossrail line wide identity. Our aim was to design a modern, minimal, elegant and functional transport environment that enhances the passenger experience.

Each station is designed by a different architectural and engineering team. Our work focused on the below ground tunnel environments where a common design language was created with a family of architectural components.

The scope of the component packages included cladding, platform edge screen, seating, lighting, signage and customer information systems. To develop and test designs, a life-size ‘mock-up’ of a station platform has been built to enable the design team and stakeholders to understand the scale and detail of the tunnel environment. The mock up has been visited by up to 1,500 people – clients, contractors, and design teams – and has been used as an extremely successful communication tool.

Following the completion of the mock up a series of prototypes have been commissioned, enabling the team to engage with manufacturers and technology suppliers in developing the final designs. This has allowed us to test details, materials and on-site assembly, along with reviewing maintenance requirements with the operator.

This process is ongoing and has proved to be a valuable “lessons learnt” exercise and will eventually result in a final client reference sample for all line wide architectural components. This will ensure a consistent high quality product to be procured and installed in the station environments.

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Maynard forms part of the multi-disciplinary C100 consortium for the Crossrail project alongside Atkins, Grimshaw and GIA Equation. The brief was to design a unified family of products and systems, creating a Crossrail line wide identity.

Our aim was to design a modern, minimal, elegant and functional transport environment that enhances the passenger experience.

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Each station is designed by a different architectural and engineering team. Our work focused on the below ground tunnel environments where a common design language was created with a family of architectural components.

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The scope of the component packages included cladding, platform edge screen, seating, lighting, signage and customer information systems. To develop and test designs, a life-size ‘mock-up’ of a station platform has been built to enable the design team and stakeholders to understand the scale and detail of the tunnel environment. The mock up has been visited by up to 1,500 people – clients, contractors, and design teams – and has been used as an extremely successful communication tool.

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