George Stowell 

Client Adviser | Chartered Architect

CROSSRAIL PLACE, LONDON

Technical management for Station over-site development; garden, restaurants and retail.

Completed 2015

One of Britain’s most innovative timber roofs covering a Crossrail station with urban park, retail and leisure facilities. Scheme meets high user expectations and sustainability standards. Design strategy, materials and construction for easy use and maintenance over the 125 year intended lifespan.


Employer: Adamson Associates for Canary Wharf Contractors.

Consultants: Arup, Foster + Partners, Gillespies.

Cost: £500m

In construction timber grid shell roof

Expressed grid shell

Completed roof garden by Gillespies

Completed roof by Seele/Wiehag

Grid shell by Arup/Foster + Partners

Key aspects

Sustainable structural materials

Gulam timber structure sourced from sustainably managed European forests, engineered by Arup, Wiehag and Seele.

Crafted weathering skin

Protective lightweight skin to Gulam beams, designed by Foster + Partners giving a highly engineered visual contrast to informal planting.

Enjoyable and practical garden

Informal planting with carefully detailed hard landscaping by Gillespies enriching the user experience. Subtly integrated design elements for long term maintenance and user benefit.