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Crossrail unveils plans for striking residential scheme at Fisher Street site in central London

By Stuart Buss

Crossrail unveils plans for striking residential scheme at Fisher Street site in central London

View of proposed development from Red Lion Square

  • Latest Crossrail over-site development plans will create 30,000 square feet of residential space
  • HOK scheme designed with unique exterior to create a range of different views of the building
  • Development to be built on top of Crossrail access shaft in Holborn

Crossrail and architects HOK have today submitted plans for a striking new residential development at Fisher Street in central London.

A planning application has been submitted to Camden Council for the 30,000 sq ft eight storey development which comprises 22 one, two and three bedroom apartments. The development will sit above the Fisher Street shaft - a single storey structure in Holborn that provides ventilation and access to the below ground Crossrail tunnels.

The scheme has been designed by architects HOK and is located between the conservation areas of Bloomsbury and Kingsway, bordering an eight storey Grade II listed building on Southampton Row. The scheme has been designed in consultation with the London Borough of Camden and English Heritage. Its striking architecture has been carefully designed to ensure the upper levels are set back, leaving space between the new development and the existing listed building. The plans will incorporate the ground floor Crossrail shaft while creating a unique exterior that offers different views of the building from each angle. 

The Fisher Street scheme is the latest over-site development submitted for planning consent by Crossrail. A total of 3 million square feet of office, retail and residential space is planned above new Crossrail stations and sites in London with planning consent secured for nearly 1 million sq ft of development so far. These developments will help create new business space, jobs and new homes for Londoners on top of the world-class new transport links Crossrail is delivering

Crossrail has entered into a number of Collaboration Agreements with existing landowners to deliver over-site developments. Once the planning process for the Fisher Street site has been completed, Crossrail will begin procuring a development partner for the Fisher Street scheme.

Ian Lindsay, Crossrail’s Land and Property Director said: “Not only is Crossrail delivering world-class new transport links, it is creating high-quality new development opportunities throughout the capital. The Fisher Street plans offer a striking piece of architecture for a unique opportunity to deliver new residential space in a prime central London location. This is one of a number of commercial opportunities in the pipeline and we are continuing to seek new development partners to help us deliver a range of future schemes.”

Anthony Leslie, Head of Transportation at HOK’s London office, said: “The Fisher Street development is testament to HOK’s expertise at delivering challenging design briefs. The transportation team here at HOK were involved in some of the initial design work for the Crossrail shaft and ground level structure, so were well placed when it came to designing the over-site development and understanding the constraints of the site. We were able to combine the expertise of our transportation and residential teams, with our long term expertise in Building Information Modelling to deliver a unique and compelling development.”

Construction work on the Fisher Street shaft is already well underway and is expected to be completed in 2015.

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For further information contact the Crossrail Press Office on 020 3229 9552 or email pressoffice@crossrail.co.uk

For all HOK press enquiries, please contact Eve Chung, on 020 7898 5238 / eve.chung@hok.com or Victoria Willis and Helen Jackson on 020 7260 2700 / hok@bluerubicon.com

Notes to Editors:

Over-site developments are not covered by The Crossrail Act and are subject to the normal planning approval process.

Crossrail has entered into a number of Collaboration Agreements with existing landowners to deliver the over-site developments:

  • Grosvenor (Bond Street West - 65 Davies Street)
  • Great Portland Estates (Bond Street East – 18/19 Hanover Square)
  • Derwent London (Tottenham Ct Rd East – Astoria Site/Goslett Yard)
  • Cardinal Lysander Group (Farringdon West – Cardinal House)
  • Aviva Investors (Liverpool Street West – 101 Moorgate)

Crossrail intends to procure development partners at other sites where collaboration agreements are not yet in place: Tottenham Court Road (West), Lindsey Street in Farringdon (East), Fisher Street, Limmo and Woolwich.

To-date, over-site development applications have been approved for Bond Street East (Hanover Square), 101 Moorgate and developments above Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station.

About Crossrail:

The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.

When Crossrail opens it will increase 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.