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Crossrail gains planning approval for Farringdon offices

By Andrew Dempsey

Crossrail gains planning approval for Farringdon offices
  • New development opposite Smithfield Market will bring 120,000 square feet to the City office market
  • Crossrail now has planning consent for 10 over site developments

Crossrail has gained planning approval for a new office development above Farringdon Crossrail station, following an appeal decision by the Planning Inspectorate.

Sitting above the station’s eastern ticket hall in Lindsey Street, the ground floor plus five storey scheme designed by PLP Architecture, will offer 120,000 square feet of high-quality, column-free office space with a large reception and retail units.

Crossrail will now consider development options for the scheme. Construction could begin in 2017 once major work on Farringdon Crossrail station is complete.

When TfL-run Crossrail opens in 2018, Farringdon will be one of London’s best-connected locations, with 140 trains per hour at peak times. It is the only station where Crossrail, London Underground and Thameslink meet. It will offer direct connections to three of London’s five airports and is one stop from the Eurostar connection at St Pancras International.

Ian Lindsay, Land & Property Director at Crossrail said: “The Lindsey Street scheme is part of Crossrail’s plan to bring over 3 million square feet of new, high-quality office, retail and residential space to central London, and reinvest every pound made back into the project.”

The Lindsey Street scheme is one of two Crossrail developments planned above Farringdon station. Crossrail also has planning permission for the 187,000 square feet Cardinal House office scheme, located above Crossrail’s western ticket hall on the corner of Cowcross Street and Farringdon Road.

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Notes to editor

The development site is bounded by Charterhouse Street, Lindsey Street, Long Lane and Hayne Street. The previous buildings were demolished to allow construction of Crossrail. The Crossrail works comprise the Farringdon eastern ticket hall and a passenger interchange between Crossrail and Barbican station platforms.

About Crossrail:

The total funding envelope available to deliver Crossrail is £14.8bn. The Crossrail route will pass through 40 stations from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When TfL-run Crossrail opens it will increase central London's rail-based transport network capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central London in 2018.

Crossrail is being delivered by Crossrail Limited (CRL). CRL is a wholly owned subsidiary of Transport for London. Crossrail is jointly sponsored by the Department for Transport and Transport for London.

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