Crossrail has released their latest film on progress at Woolwich Elizabeth line station, which is being designed and delivered by WW+P. It shows a substantially completed station and urban realm, including the unique external architectural features which capture the area’s military history and heritage buildings.
Two major facades depict a contemporary representation of a memorial bronze plaque which was developed on the site during WWI. The plaques, popularly known as the Dead Man’s Penny, were given to the widows of soldiers that gave their lives and over one million were cast.
The station entrance incorporates over 350 cast bronze panels, each two metres wide and weighing more than 80kg. They express an exploded ‘Woolwich rifling’ motif, which was developed on site in 1865. The panels are manufactured with the same authentic techniques used at the Royal Arsenal site during the war.