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Saturday19 August 2017

Crossrail submits Tottenham Court Road station for planning

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A team of Hawkins Brown and Arup/Atkins has unveiled new images of Crossrail’s station at Tottenham Court Road in central London.

The £1 billion project was submitted for planning to Westminster City Council yesterday (Monday), with a decision expected before the end of the year.

When complete, the station will span five levels and be almost a kilometre in length, with entrances at Centre Point and Dean Street in Soho. It has been designed to ensure free flowing movement of passengers using the station.

Rob Holden, Crossrail chief executive said: “As the gateway to the West End and Soho, the station will be one of the most important on the Crossrail route and will be constructed on a scale similar to those on the Jubilee Line Extension.  

“A new Crossrail station combined with a major redevelopment of the existing tube station will transform the Tottenham Court Road area and act as a catalyst for further investment securing the West End’s position as a premier shopping and entertainment destination and major employment centre.”

Main construction work for Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station will get underway in 2011.

A separate planning application for the over-site development, led by developer Derwent, will be submitted later this year.

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  • What a joke!??? This is not architecture : it is accountancy!!! It is so bland and indifferent it could have been constructed in the sixties by Harry Hyams/Seifert & Ptnrs at the same time as Centrepoint. Shame on you who ever you are from the executive level down. This is a prime West End location and all you can come up with is this poor commercial cut and paste. As Holden says "This is a gateway to the West End and Soho" So why such a rubbish proposal!!??? Let's hope that Westminster Planners have the courage to throw it out and make them start again (but we know that doesn't happen these days : so why have a planning department). It is beyond despair!!!

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  • The bit on top seems a bit bland, but the station looks ok - can see the hand of Hawkins\Brown in the design ... and as somebody who works near Dean Street, that pedestrianised space outside the entrance should make a massive improvement and hopefully keep the commuters from blocking Oxford Street. Lets hope there is no more 'value engineering' to be undertaken on this design ....

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  • Oh Gosh!!

    This proposal has been drawn yesterday in a rush, by the last assistant arrived to the office!!

    Look at the ceiling, is a big business for the lighting manufacturers!!

    Luis

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  • As the note says below each comment –
    Yes I do find this design ‘Unsuitable and offensive!!!!’ I am reporting this building to the Department of Architectural crimes
    From GRRRRR Architecture

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  • Mike Duriez

    I'm thinking both bland and year 1968. If you coloured the lights orange, it could move to 1973. Crossrail are keen to avoid architecture.

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  • Webcheck  Wydeboyoffski

    Not just bland, but frankly completely awful. At best the Siefert style blends with Centre Point. But why do Hawkins Brown need to revive this? It is like a mausoleum to Richard Siefert mixed with homage to CBS Outdoors. Yuck!!!

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  • It is needed for sure, I just wish the exterior expressed more of what london is about right now..... I mean, punch hole windows all over the place.....snore! Give the exterior to an AA student and see what they can make of it.... something more interesting and current i'm sure.... :)

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  • might be heavily value engineered/policed by the client, don't blame the architects

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  • Graham Williams

    The client wants bland, easy, cheap Siefert 60s. The client asks "Can you do that?" The project team says "Oh yes!" and nods its head.

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  • So let me get this right ...we have created a large hole next to arguably the most famous street in the world, destroyed a cult theatre and possibly destroyed previous business livelihoods and have NOT YET recieved planning permission for this project??

    Dont get me wrong I'm in full support of crossrail and believe it's essential to the future of the city but surely they should have dotted the i's and crossed the t's years years before this point.

    what on earth happens if they say no?

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