The Cross London Rail Link (Crossrail) created a new route through London linking west to east, generating a new network of services now referred to as the Elizabeth Line. The project consisted of surface line stations leading from Maidenhead (west) to Shenfield (east) via central London. The central section of the Crossrail line is underground and new tunnels and platforms link with existing London Underground stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street and Whitechapel.
The interaction of Crossrail with existing London Underground stations resulted in highly complex station designs, and the fire safety of these stations is a crucial aspect of the design both in terms of providing life safety to passengers and staff as well as provisions for the fire brigade.
Maze Fire personnel were responsible for the fire safety design of two of the underground stations during various design phases of the project, which included the development of complex engineered fire strategies and various fire safety engineering such as CFD analysis to justify and validate the fire strategy for each station. The fire safety design of Whitechapel Underground station won an award at the Fire Excellence Awards 2011 for best fire safety engineering project.