On Our Line #4: Designing Crossrail’s Stations



In the latest episode of our On Our Line podcast series, Nicole discusses the architecture and design of Crossrail’s stations with architecture critic Hugh Pearman and Crossrail’s Head of Architecture Julian Robinson.

Tune in to hear about the design vision for Crossrail and how it was implemented. Our guests elaborate on the guiding design principles, what was learnt from London Underground and the challenges to implementing that vision. In addition, they discuss how the Transport for London brand and the new unique Crossrail identity were woven into the fabric of each station to create familiar, easily navigable stations that also reflect their history, character and community.

Julian Robinson is Head of Architecture at Crossrail Ltd. He is in charge of delivering a coherent design for Crossrail’s new and upgraded stations by working with Crossrail’s many partners. Julian has described his vision for the new railway line as one that seeks to “balance the uniqueness of the Jubilee line stations with the rigidity of Holden and Pick”. Before moving to Crossrail to head its architecture team, Julian worked on the transformation of St Pancras station and the extension of the Jubilee Line.

Hugh Pearman is a London-based architecture and design critic. He is the editor of the Royal Institute of British Architects’ monthly magazine RIBA Journal. He was The Sunday Times architecture and design critic for 30 years, from 1986 to earlier this year. Hugh was a Visiting Professor in Architecture at the Royal College of Art in 2015. He served as Vice President of London’s Architectural Association and is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects.

Hugh’s books include the bestselling Contemporary World Architecture whilst his latest, Platform for Design, tells the story of the Crossrail stations’ design. It documents the design vision and approach taken, as well as the unique features of each of the 40 stations.

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Written by John Bull
John Bull is the Editor of London Reconnections. A transport journalist and historian, his writing often focuses on the political or strategic challenges facing London's transport network and beyond.