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Thursday24 July 2014

Paddington Crossrail images revealed

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These are the first images of the proposed new Crossrail station at Paddington by Weston Williamson.

A new modern metal and glass entrance will be built for passengers on the site of the existing Hammersmith & City line station, which is to be demolished.

Solar panels attached to the glazed building will help power the station’s lighting, while a green roof will provide a habitat for birds and insects.

Its concourse will be used to display art installations, and a new landscaped public square will be created between the new station entrance and the Regent’s Canal.

The Paddington project is one of the most complex of all the central London Crossrail stations because of the sprawling layout of the station and the number of mainline and underground services that already use it.


When complete, passengers will be able to access all services from the new entrance. There will also be a new taxi stand.

A report on the project explains that a new entrance is vital because the existing Hammersmith & City line is already “heavily congested”. The imminent reconfiguration of Circle line services will result in a 260% increase in passenger numbers using the station.

“There is significant increase in passenger demand forecast for Paddington Station as a result of the predicted growth on existing mainline and underground services and the continued regeneration of the Paddington area,” the report explains.

The new entrance is on the north side of the station – the south side, much of which is grade I listed, will be preserved.


The new Crossrail platforms will be built beneath Eastbourne Terrace.

Paddington is one of seven central London stations that are being built as part of the east-west rail link through the capital.

The line will reach from Shenfield in the east, to Maidenhead in the west.

Trains will emerge from the underground section at Royal Oak, about 700m west of Paddington.

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  • Wonderful, such a great waste of space! Is it a new traditional supermarket which is connected to a new Terminal 6, which suppose to meet europe brittishoptourist? Tree leaves are awesome as a mesh too. "Paddington" better to rename "Pathetic".

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  • Nice to see that they let Part 1 Architects design stations now, and the only thing you need to create architecture is Photoshop!

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  • Words to describe these images: Grim. Depressing. Nasty. Mean-spirited. Soul-less. Where is the evidence of concern for humans, beauty, joy, urbanism?

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  • Those are some miserable looking images... Think I'll take the bus

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  • Woot. Solar panels!

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  • come on guys, i know money is tight these days but did the VE have to include the renders as well?

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  • Is this for real?

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  • mmm grey. I like the choice from the TFL street furniture catalog. The architects attempts to create a landmark have been far exceeded. This is a real materpiece is great place making (Good work Boris). I mean we all know its going to get built, so to maximise on this opportunity in such a way is inspiring, not only will it set London apart from other international cities, it is sure to be a great advert for british design. The ability to over the adversity of the current finacial climate is very apparent. You can see the clearly the research that has gone into existing examples of the typology, Park Royal and Hanger Lane really spring to mind. I want more! I am particulary appreciative of BD publishing this, they so politically active in supporting such work (hence the article). Dont stop publishing more like this seminal piece, without you it would exist! Not in my mind...

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