New architects hired for Crossrail stations
by Jim Dunton Fri 31 January 2014, 3:00 pm
Ealing Council has appointed two new teams of architects in a bid to improve the current designs for two of the five Crossrail stations to be built in the borough.
It said the HOK practice had been hired to review and amend Crossrail’s plans for the new trans-capital rail line’s Ealing Broadway station, expected to involve a redesign of the building’s canopy and façade to make the structure more of a landmark.
Ealing said that although the Broadway station occupied a difficult site under the Villiers House office building, it was still “unhappy” with the current designs, and wanted to see a more innovative façade and entrance that used “more interesting” materials.
Meanwhile, the John McAslan and Partners practice has been commissioned to ensure that the appearance of Southall Station contributed to the wider regeneration of the area, including proposed developments at Southall Gas Works, Middlesex Business Park and the town centre sites.
Council leader Julian Bell said that although it was clear that there would be great economic benefits to Ealing when Crossrail opened in 2018, it was vital to ensure that no compromises were made on the station designs.
“The council is determined to ensure that we get the best possible station designs, because they will be significant buildings in our town centres and experience shows good design brings greater regeneration benefits,” he said.
“We have had lots of success influencing the interior plans for the station and I firmly believe we can work with Crossrail to develop an innovative design that will significantly improve what is proposed without significantly increasing costs or delaying construction by even a day.”
When it is complete, Crossrail will connect Heathrow in west London and Maidenhead in Berkshire with Shenfield in Essex and Abbey Wood in south-east London via new tunnels through the heart of the capital.
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