In a move which seems to express dissatisfaction with Crossrail’s work so far, HOK has been asked to review and amend plans drawn up for Ealing Broadway. The Council say the new designs will seek to improve the look and feel of the station building, with a redesigned canopy and façade to be “visually more striking”, and to create “more of a landmark”.
The council have been working with Crossrail on the designs for all five stations in Ealing, and say they have already managed to secure adaption of designs to Ealing Broadway station so that retail premises are better located within it.
Now they say that while they recognise Ealing Broadway is a difficult site, because the station is not free-standing, built underneath the Villiers House office tower and is hemmed in by other buildings, they are unhappy with the plans for the exterior of the station and believes that the façade and entrance need to have “a more innovative design and use more interesting materials”.
At Southall Station, the council has employed architects John McAslan and partners to work with Crossrail to improve both the visual appearance of the station and make it as easy as possible for passengers to use. In particular, the council wants to harness the station’s contribution to the wider regeneration of the area, including proposed developments at Southall Gas Works, Middlesex Business Park and the town centre sites.
Councillor Julian Bell leader of the council, said: “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.
“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.”
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for transport and environment said: “The current design for the outside of the station won’t ignite a yearning passion in the hearts of anyone in Ealing.”