We’ve heard of flatpack furniture, flatpack houses, and even flatpack trucks. But a flatpack train station? That’s exactly what’s being created in Steetley, a factory near Sheffield, where a £35 million Crossrail station for Custom House is being constructed before being transported to its London site to be assembled in 2015.
The station, which is being built by Laing O’Rourke, is being designed virtually using digital engineering. The specifications are then fed to the factory where the components are manufactured and pre-assembled. The idea behind the initiative is to save time and money and minimise disruption for residents near the new line. The final station will be constructed on the site of the former North London line station and will include a new ticket hall, an interchange with the DLR and step-free access between the platforms. Plans to enable customers to pick up their own station flatpacks have yet to be announced by IKEA but surely it’s only a matter of time. . . Rebecca Taylor
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