Barber & Osgerby to expand its ever-growing repetoire with the design of the Crossrail 2017 train.
The industrial design studio, which permeated national consciousness when it designed the London 2012 Olympic Torch, will design both the interior and exterior of the train, including the livery. It will be working alongside manufacturer Bombardier with the first train due for delivery in 2017.
Each train will be made up of nine carriages, measuring just over 200m in total and able to carry 1,500 passengers. The Crossrail will run over 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
Founders Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, who made their name with designs such as the Loop Table and Tip Ton Chair, also designed the £2 coin to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the London Underground, a new permanent gallery at London’s Science Museum, and a “gigantic” rotating sculpture to be installed at the V&A during this year’s London Design Festival.