Go-ahead for Crossrail would bring opportunities for designers

Designers are set to benefit from the proposed scheme to build a new underground London rail link, Crossrail, by 2015.

The scheme, which is yet to be ratified by the Government through an Act of Parliament, will create two additional routes through London and several new-build stations.

If it does go ahead, designers are expected to be appointed through a Government procurement process, the first phase of which may begin as early as next year, depending on when Royal Assent is granted.

The work is varied and could encompass interiors, landscape and lighting projects, says a spokesman for Crossrail.

‘There will be plenty of work in the industry when this does come along. It is a massive project,’ he adds.

Design plans are being refined as Crossrail continues with the consultation process. This includes the ambition to build seven central stations to sit alongside existing stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and the Isle of Dogs. They will be designed to use as much natural light as possible.

Crossrail is a joint venture company formed by Transport for London and the Department for Transport.

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