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Living Above the Rails

Fisher Street Flats + Crossrail Shaft
London, UK

“The Fisher Street plans offer a striking piece of architecture for a unique opportunity to deliver new residential space in a prime central London location.”

Ian Lindsay
Land and Property Director, Crossrail

This project brings improved transportation and prime residential space to Fisher Street in central London.

Crossrail’s major railway project in South East England includes the construction of twin-bore, east-west tunnels and an upgrade to existing rail lines to the east and west of central London.

The design for Crossrail’s Fisher Street Shaft consists of a 15-meter-wide underground concrete shaft, Crossrail’s ground-level headhouse and an above-ground apartment building.

The single-story headhouse provides intervention access to the shaft, which is required for emergency access, ventilation, and mechanical and electrical maintenance, as well as general access to the tunnel system’s four underground levels. The headhouse also features a street-level entrance lobby for the apartment building.

The shaft structure and headhouse serve as the base for a proposed 22-unit apartment building. This eight-story, development features one- to three-bedroom apartments with balconies, including two duplex penthouses and a biodiverse roof garden. Faceted copper planes maximize natural light in lower-level apartments.

Because HOK’s team was involved in the initial design work for the Crossrail shaft and ground-level structure, it was well-positioned to understand the site’s constraints and design the over-site development. Use of building information modeling (BIM) helped the team create a unique, compelling development.


44,000 sq. ft. / 4,080 sq. m.




Amount of energy use reduction compared to target emission rates



13 November 2013
“Crossrail’s Fisher Street Flats Plan Approved”

11 March 2012
“Crossrail Unveils Plans for Striking Residential Scheme at Fisher Street Site in Central London”

15 February 2012
“Prime Resi Scheme to be Built Above Crossrail Shaft”
Construction Enquirer