Romford and Ilford Stations Permanent Works Design


As part of the Crossrail programme, Romford and Ilford stations in Essex are receiving significant improvements. For Romford station this means improvements to the station façade, ticket hall and lifts and Ilford station will be rebuilt.

Robert West have been appointed by principal contractor VolkerFitzpatrick as permanent works designer for the access for all scheme. This encompassed new reinforced concrete and steel lift shafts and enabling works for both stations as well as a steel work canopy and interim ticket office at Romford station.


The design of the lift shafts required a large amount of analysis in order to reduce the depth of the pile caps to avoid excavating too far. In addition, as work progressed on site hidden geometry and foundations were uncovered requiring the design to be altered swiftly and verification exercises were prepared to prove that what had been undertaken was satisfactory.

The new interim ticket office at Romford station is a three storey building housed within the existing building. Here Robert West acted as lead designer and co-ordinated the multiple disciplines required to reach the end result.

Our team managed volume and programme by keeping on top of supplier and client demands. They met on a weekly basis with the client to ensure a clear understanding of priorities and worked hard to react swiftly to client requirements and present solutions to resolve issues identified as works progressed.


Robert West provided value-engineered, buildable solutions – taking into consideration the practicalities of construction, cost and design providing a clear way forward.

The main schemes have now been piled, concrete has been installed in one lift shaft and works continue for the other.

It has been rewarding to co-ordinate the different disciplines of architecture, human factors, overhead electrical works and electrical engineers along with working closely with the client and end client to bring the results together.