Evans by Shay Murtagh is proud to have played a significant role in the development of Abbeywood Station, a key component of the Crossrail project and a shining example of sustainable urban transit infrastructure.
Abbeywood Station, a new station on the South East Spur of the Elizabeth Line, represents a pivotal start and conclusion of Crossrail's journey to and from central London. It serves as an interchange with the North Kent Line and is a cornerstone in the transformation of Abbey Wood, attracting new businesses and investment to the local area.
- Lead Designer: Fereday Pollard
- Project Engineers: Tony Gee
- Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty
- Client: Crossrail
Evans by Shay Murtagh was entrusted with the design, supply, and installation of 153 concrete beams, columns, and supporting slabs, encompassing over 580m3 of concrete, amounting to 1500 tonnes of concrete delivered to the site. The project spanned from 2015 to 2017 and utilized Plain Grey C40/50 Structural Concrete, ensuring durability and strength.
The new station was built on the site of an existing Network Rail station and now accommodates both the new Elizabeth Line and Southeastern Rail services. The design focused on using the building’s architecture and public realm to provide a strong sense of place and intuitive wayfinding.
The station, situated at the border between the boroughs of Bexley and Greenwich, integrates with an improved, elevated flyover, facilitating easier access for cyclists and pedestrians across the railway. The station building, elevated over the railway, links transformed civic spaces at ground level.
The station's architecture, with its dynamic expression, guides passenger movements. A key feature is the highly visible curved 25x25m clear span timber roof over the station building, which shelters and guides people through the various level changes around the building.
The project has won accolades such as ‘Best Use of Timber’ at the Offsite Timber Construction Awards 2017 and ‘Contractor of the Year’ at the Structural Timber Awards 2018. Abbeywood Station stands as a testament to the collaboration and innovation in sustainable urban design, where the use of concrete beams played a vital role.
Abbeywood Station is more than just a transit hub; it's a symbol of sustainable urban development and community regeneration. Evans by Shay Murtagh's involvement in this project underscores our commitment to delivering high-quality, sustainable infrastructure solutions.