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.
Click on the links below to find out more about our urban realm proposals.
Urban Realm Designers | John McAslan + Partners / WSP Group
In recent years significant improvements along South Street, Romford’s main shopping street, have enhanced a vibrant metropolitan town centre. However, the area immediately around the station suffers from insufficient and poor quality pedestrian space.
The urban design proposal will address the issues around the station area and further south along South Street.
The Battis, the street immediately outside the new northern Crossrail station entrance, is currently used for parking and delivery traffic. The proposal is to turn it into a proper pedestrian space. To the south of the station, space which is currently used for standing buses will be given widened footways. The bus stands will be relocated to Atlanta Boulevard and to assist passengers there will be a better arrangement of bus stops to provide an improved interchange.
Throughout the improvement area, there will be a comprehensive palette of street furniture, paving and lighting. This will ensure a modern high-quality experience which is step-free and safe by day and by night.
The London Borough of Havering is already working with designers Studio Weave to develop improvements for Victoria Road and The Battis.
Gallery - Romford Station urban realm proposals
Urban Realm Designers | BDP / Hyder
The London Borough of Havering has implemented a station forecourt improvement scheme which has alleviated problems such as pinch points at Gidea Park.
The area to the north of the station, including pedestrian access through the car park, has not been improved. A pedestrian alleyway connecting to the main residential estates is currently in a poor state of repair and feels unsafe, especially at night time. Altogether the impression is of an incomplete urban realm.
The design proposal aims to complete the urban realm around the southern entrance, and enhance access to the conservation area from the north.
On the south side, the scheme will extend the local authority’s treatment along Station Road by creating a new landscaped area with seating, introducing ‘Legible London’ signage, adding cycle parking and planting new trees. The scheme also features the resurfacing of the alleyway and the introduction of CCTV to improve safety and the replacement of the current pick-up and drop-off points with a new taxi rank.
On the north side, the car park will be redesigned to improve the urban realm by including new trees, hedges and fences, all upgraded in keeping with the conservation area.
Gallery - Gidea Park Station urban realm proposals
Urban Realm Designers | Crossrail
Harold Wood is a green and leafy suburb of Romford, with a cluster of shops located along Station Road. The station’s main entrance is located on Gubbins Lane, to the south of its junction with Station Road.
While the Gubbins Lane/Station Road junction caters well for road users and there is a functional transport interchange, it is not easy for pedestrians to use when moving from the north and west. The urban realm designs propose additional crossing points at both junctions to reflect pedestrian ‘desire lines’.
The space around Harold Wood station’s secondary entrance, on the edge of the station’s car park, is dominated by vehicles and feels isolated from its surroundings. The new design removes vehicles from the area directly adjacent to the secondary entrance. A new raised forecourt will be formed solely for the usage of pedestrians and cyclists. Visual and physical connections to Station Road are vastly improved with a new seven metre wide flight of stairs and a ramp giving mobility access. Within the forecourt there is provision for public seating and secure cycle parking.
Aesthetic improvements around the station will create a bold, open and welcoming arrival point for those coming to Harold Wood.