Crossrail has set out plans to develop and enhance the public spaces around stations in a number of outer London boroughs. The proposed designs will include new landscaped areas, better way-finding and enhanced integration with other transport services.
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Urban Realm Designers | Gillespies / Atkins
The new Crossrail station at Woolwich is located in the historic area of the Royal Arsenal.
The key challenge for the urban realm design is to integrate the new Crossrail infrastructure within the wider Woolwich Town Centre context, extending the recent public realm improvements of Beresford Market and General Gordon Square, while respecting the heritage context of the Royal Arsenal.
The scheme will connect the station to the green space of Dial Arch Square, the Royal Arsenal and the town centre to give an inviting, user-friendly and spacious environment for pedestrians.
The urban realm proposal connects the station to the green space, the Royal Arsenal and the town centre with a wide pedestrian ‘super-crossing’ on Plumstead Road. A spacious and inviting space for pedestrians will be established along the generous station forecourt running the length of the eastern side of the square. This step-free public area will be composed of high-quality natural stone and clear and logical pedestrian routes will connect pedestrians to Woolwich Town Centre.
To complement this, a paved threshold to the forecourt will merge into the green space where there will be new seating, furniture, signage and new trees planted for users to enjoy. This threshold will also respond to site levels and Verbruggens House, a grade II listed building, forming a raised setting for the house and emerging as a simple seat edge ending with a lime tree feature.
Gallery - Woolwich Station urban realm proposals
Urban Realm Designers | Urban Movement
The arrival of Crossrail is a once in a lifetime opportunity to transform Abbey Wood. It will act as a catalyst for wider regeneration of the area.
Two areas of transport infrastructure currently dominate the local environment and obstruct local pedestrian movements: the railway line and the Harrow Manor Way flyover. Together the new Crossrail station and the urban realm improvements will lead to significant improvements in the local area.
The existing station will be demolished and a new ticket hall built. It will be elevated above the railway line to connect with the Harrow Manor Way flyover. The new station will also act as a bridge for people to walk across, providing a direct and accessible link between the areas to the north and south of the station.
The design outside the station builds on the natural assets of Abbey Wood, helps to overcome the barriers to movement and creates a sense of place as a new gateway. To the south of the station, the main station forecourt and transport interchange will be accessible from Gayton Road and to the north there will be a new station square on Felixstowe Road.
The elevated position of the upper station concourse on Harrow Manor Way will offer panoramic views of the surrounding area in all directions. The wider urban realm proposals for Harrow Manor Way will convert the current four-lane urban motorway into a more traditional road with footways and dedicated cycle lanes and also include a new pedestrian crossing to link the southbound bus stops to the station.