Urban Realm Designers | Burns + Nice / URS
The urban realm scheme was developed to cope with the predicted increase in passenger flow once Crossrail arrives. The scheme maximises pedestrian capacity in the peak periods, while providing an attractive new public space outside of the peak.
Crossrail passengers will enter and exit the station via the new ticket hall, which opened in 2011, in Cowcross Street, opposite the Metropolitan line London Underground station. The scheme includes creating a pedestrianised space in Cowcross Street and strips out all street furniture other than a narrow central furniture and tree planting zone. A sense of continuity between the two station entrances is achieved by utilising materials that reflect the colour scheme of the station ticket hall flooring.
At the western end of Cowcross Street, the pedestrian crossing over Farringdon Road will be raised to provide step-free access and ‘feature lighting’ columns will help landmark the station from along Farringdon Road.
The proposed property development on the corner of Cowcross Street and Farringdon Road will provide an active frontage with the potential for outdoor tables and chairs to help enhance the space outside of peak hours.
Part of the design is already constructed at the eastern end of Cowcross Street; pedestrians benefit from a raised table, wider footways, improved materials and new tree planting. Overall the scheme will deliver a high-capacity gateway and an attractive new public space for people travelling, visiting, living and working in and around Farringdon.