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Innovation month’s headlining event: the design and construction of Crossrail

Event organised by ICE

17 July 2023

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Innovation month’s headlining event - session 3: case study – the design and construction of the Elizabeth Line.

This session is an exciting event held at the Institution of Civil Engineers that focuses on the innovative solutions applied on Crossrail. The talk will be delivered by Architect and Creative Director, Harbinder Singh Birdi, who shares his experience in the design and construction of the Elizabeth Line.

Some topics to be covered include:

    • The architectural inspiration that shaped the designs of each station
    • The organisation and creative leadership of the project
    • Techniques used by the Tier1 contractors to deliver the project
    • Design and procurement of the over-site development
    • The use of the NEC contract
    • Key challenges faced when delivering the project.

Harbinder has 20 years of experience as a creative leader having designed some of the largest projects in the UK and internationally including the design of three Crossrail stations and the Thames Tideway Tunnel.

The talk will last around 45 minutes and will be followed by a Q&A session and open discussion with the audience.

This event has been organised by the Early Careers Network London.


Harbinder Singh Birdi

Harbinder Singh Birdi

Birdi & Partners

founder and creative director

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Harbinder Singh Birdi

Harbinder is the founder of Birdi & Partners, a London-based consultancy that provides guidance on design and procurement to government bodies, academic institutions and businesses. As a chartered architect with more than 25 years’ experience, he has delivered several of the largest projects in the UK, notably on the Elizabeth Line, where he was the principal architect for the design of Tottenham Court Road station, and the central section of the Thames Tideway tunnel. 

Harbinder is a Fellow of the ICE, the Royal Institute of British Architects and the Royal Society of Arts, where he collaborates with industry partners on innovation within the infrastructure sector. He is a visiting professor at the University of Cambridge, lecturing on interdisciplinary design and mentoring architectural apprentices.

For more information please contact:

Kirsty Joyce