Since submitting proposals at the end of last year, Crossrail say they have been working closely with Ealing Council, local developers and nearby landowners to broaden the scheme and revise the plans for the station. There has also been consultation with the local MP and community groups. Previous designs were criticised.
The new proposals for the station, designed by Bennetts Associates Architects, include the addition of a long, curved canopy running the length of the forecourt that, say Crossrail, “reflects the prominence and importance of the station building”.
Crossrail’s plans allow for the current dated façade to be replaced with a new glass structure and a new entrance twice the size of the existing one, which should allow much more natural light into the building.
The revised designs will be open to community consultation before Ealing Council takes its decision on planning.
Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council said: “The council was determined to secure a high quality station for Ealing Broadway and has worked hard with Crossrail to ensure the designs match Ealing’s aspirations.
“The council is pleased that, following our intervention, Crossrail decided to completely re-think its plans and responded constructively to the design observations we put forward. We are confident that the revised station plans will create a building which works better for people and is of a scale and appearance that benefits Ealing as west London’s premier town centre.
“The council is also currently finalising further plans which will transform the entire area around the station, as well as improve safety and transport links, and upgrade the look and feel of the area. These plans will be announced shortly.”
Matthew White, Crossrail Surface Director, said: “Ealing Broadway will be a key stop on the Crossrail route and we understand the need to provide local people with a much better station building than they have at the moment.
“By working with the council, community groups, developers and nearby landowners we have improved our proposals and broadened the scheme. Our plans are for a station that will be brighter, more spacious, easier to get around and more visually prominent.”