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BFK delivers iconic ceiling at Farringdon station in London

Category: General / 29 May 2017

The Ferrovial Agroman JV with BAM and Kier (BFK) has completed work on the impressive architectural ceilings at the Farringdon Elizabeth line station.

The Upper Apse ceiling is part of Crossrail's vision to reflect the local heritage of Farringdon within the architecture of their new ticket halls.

It is a large sloped ceiling, inclined at 20 degrees and formed with 425 tonnes of precast concrete segments. These join together to form a diamond pattern, inspired by the nearby community of jewellery retailers, Hatton Gardens. The temporary works design used for installation of the ceiling had to overcome several challenges including the additional support of two 71 tonne steel trusses in the temporary case, the out-of-balance loads caused by a precast beam geometry skewed on plan and a requirement for the design to allow concurrent work in adjacent areas.

The high profile works and their proximity to a live Network Rail station has given great importance to close collaboration between the client (Crossrail), London Underground and Network Rail and clear consistent communications of all stages of design and installation.

Duarte de Seixas, Section Manager, highlighted this work as an "example of perfect architectural and engineering symbiosis", and stressed that he was proud that BFK was able to bring the vision to reality: "This impressive delivery will certainly leave a valuable legacy behind."

The installation of these works has been captured by the BBC and will be aired on BBC2 under "£15bn Railway - season 2". To see the team in action in the meantime, click here.

Images credited to Crossrail Limited.

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