Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station Building, BDP Transport For London Design Images, Entrance Renewal

Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station Building News

3 December 2021

BDP-Designed Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station Opens, Following Handover From Crossrail To Transport For London

Design: BDP

Location: Whitechapel Market Conservation area, east London, England, UK

Building entrance renewal:
Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station entrance
images © BDP

Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station Building by BDP

The BDP-designed Whitechapel Elizabeth line station has opened after being handed over to Transport for London. Sitting within the Whitechapel Market Conservation area, the design of the new station retains the distinctive and historic buildings constructed more than 100 years ago.

Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station building

The new and improved Whitechapel station, designed by BDP’s transport team, includes a host of upgrades which benefit passenger movement and deliver a more efficient and positive customer experience. The design incorporates reams of natural light, enhancing the historic features and the unique personality of the existing station.

Building model:
Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station building

The main entrance has been reinstated on Whitechapel Road, and a walkway alongside the concourse provides a new public pedestrian route from the entrance on Durward Street to Whitechapel Road.

Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station building

Design emphasis has shifted from a below-ground, subterranean solution to an above-ground station bridge, which enhances connectivity and accessibility to Whitechapel Road and the Royal London Hospital.

Capacity studies undertaken on the existing interchange demonstrated that sufficient space was already available to accommodate an anticipated increase in passenger numbers without the removal of important heritage buildings contributing to the local character of Whitechapel area.

Building model:
Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station building

Peter Jenkins, head of transport at BDP, explains: “Whitechapel station is an important transport hub for London and Tower Hamlets, connecting the new Elizabeth line to the District, Hammersmith & City and Overground lines. Part of the strategy was to ensure there was a common architectural language both for the excavated element of the main station construction and also at the platform level but to ensure that there were original, culturally relevant elements to the design.

Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station roof by BDP

“We took the decision to retain the existing buildings to preserve the heritage and local character of this important rail interchange and to deliver the most sustainable construction solution. The new station will meet the demands of the passengers and provide a stunning backdrop to travel in and out of Whitechapel.”

Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station building

In addition, a new green, sedum roof covering the main station concourse delivers both environmental and aesthetic benefits. It was installed to reduce the heat island affect, deliver improved air quality and enhance biodiversity. It also enriches views from neighbouring developments.


BDP Architects

Whitechapel Elizabeth Line Station Building images / information received 031221 from BDP – Building Design Partnership

Location: Whitechapel, London, England, UK

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