CABE support for Crossrail at Paddington

CABE’s Crossrail design review panel has given its support to Weston Williamson’s designs for the Paddington Integrated Project. When complete it will create a much improved experience for passengers using the Hammersmith & City underground line.

The taxi rank, currently on Departures Road, will be moved to allow the development of a new concourse for Crossrail. The new taxi facilities will include a ramp off Bishops Bridge Road, which will eventually be incorporated into a commercial over site development. Whilst the cladding of this ramp is intended to be temporary, it may be in place for some time, because there are no fixed timings on the commercial development. Therefore, the panel advised Crossrail to rethink the proposed industrial-looking perforated metal cladding.

The panel urged Crossrail to involve artists at an early stage, in particular, to work with the architects on the design of decorative glazing proposed for the Hammersmith & City line concourse. This could add to the distinctive character of the station while also helping people to find their way around.

Deborah Denner, Senior design review advisor, comments: “Paddington is a good example of the way many Crossrail stations need to be knitted into sensitive historic contexts. We’ve been working with Crossrail over the past year, advising on these projects through a dedicated design review panel, and we’re pleased to be able to support this scheme for planning approval.”

This current application does not include the design of the concourse to the south of Paddington station. Other developments are also being considered and the panel expressed its concern that designs should not be developed in a ‘piecemeal manner.’ Network Rail intend to lead in developing the masterplan for the whole station – along with Crossrail, London Underground, English Heritage and Westminster City Council – and the panel has stressed that this important work must begin soon.

Source : Crossrail

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