Canary Wharf Crossrail station still on track for 2015 opening as work begins on "impressive" roof
Work is to begin on a striking timber roof for Canary Wharf's Crossrail station following the completion of all four floors of the structure.
The Foster + Partners-designed roof will cover 115,000 square feet of retail on the upper parts of the station.
Cliff Bryant, Executive Director of Canary Wharf Contractors Limited, said: "We hope that because of the sheer scale, roof design and retail amenities, Londoners will come to regard the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf as one of the capital's most impressive.
"The team have done a great job getting the engineering and construction to this point. Putting the Foster-designed roof on top will be the icing on the cake.
"It has been a challenging project, especially building in water and in such close proximity to the world-class businesses headquartered nearby."
Canary Wharf Contractors Limited is aiming to complete the shopping and restaurant areas, as well as an accessible Gillespies-designed roof garden, by 2015.
Meanwhile, fit-out of the ticket hall is near completion with eight escalators and four lifts already in place.
Passenger platforms of 240 metres length are being built, 28 metres below the surface of North Dock.
Tunnel boring has already been completed.
Crossrail services will begin in 2018.