Case Study Telecoms

Farringdon, Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations - Commissioning of Smoke Control System

An estimated 200 million annual passengers will use Crossrail when it opens in 2021. London’s new Elizabeth line will serve 41 stations, including 10 new stations amongst which are Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel.


Farringdon, Whitechapel and Liverpool Street stations each required a tailored system of safety-critical control panels for a pressurised Smoke Control System. This covers the ingress and egress shafts at each end of station platforms.

The installed SCS controls adhere to multi-layered alarm priorities, operating effectively in conditions where there are many potential alarm sources, alarm sequence order and potential fire scenarios. Each station’s SCS system is designed to integrate seamlessly into the station Building Management System (BMS), fire alarm system, over-platform extract and tunnel ventilation systems. This is in order to initiate the smoke control equipment in the event of a fire alarm.

“Having worked with the team at L.B. Foster Telecoms (TEW Plus) on the station’s Building Management System, it was a logical step to engage them to sort out the SCS for each of the stations. What the guys bring to the party is the ability to get on with the job with minimum fuss, demonstrating an inherent understanding of what is required and delivering to tight deadlines.”

, Project Manager, Crossrail Project
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