Urban Realm Designers | BDP / Hyder
Ilford is an important metropolitan centre and a key transport interchange in east London, served by a number of bus routes comparable to Oxford Street. The area immediately around the station suffers from insufficient and poor quality pedestrian space, with narrow footways, street clutter and high levels of congestion.
The urban realm scheme will provide a high-quality, generous station forecourt and an improved transport interchange, a widened and realigned main crossing outside the station on Cranbrook Road for greater pedestrian convenience and a more efficient layout of bus stops. The orientation of the new bus shelters together with wider footways will help to reduce congestion for pedestrians and queuing for passengers.
Improvements are also proposed to the secondary station entrance in York Road, which currently suffers from a lack of legibility and street presence. These will include better accessibility and safety of the area, new street furniture, improved paving and new lighting.
London Borough of Redbridge is already raising funds to deliver this ambitious scheme which aims to create a strong sense of arrival and a new focal point for Ilford.
Gallery - Ilford Station urban realm proposals
Urban Realm Designers | Crossrail
Seven Kings is one of Ilford’s key local centres that has developed around the route of the ancient Roman road between London and Colchester, also known as the High Road. The railway station sits beside a large highway intersection, where the High Road crosses the railway line, which dominates the town centre. As a consequence the traffic weakens the character of the local area to the detriment of pedestrians. But the area feels vibrant with plenty of street life and significant potential for improvement.
The arrival of Crossrail will undoubtedly result in a change in the perception of Seven Kings as it becomes a more accessible place to live with faster and more direct rail connections.
The design approach aims to improve both the station and wider High Street environment by raising the quality, design and legibility of the urban realm, addressing some of the obvious imbalances between vehicles and people.
Modifications to the High Road and Cameron Road junction layout are proposed to prioritise pedestrian movement and access to the station. This will create a more welcoming arrival space to Seven Kings. A new landscaped area is proposed on Cameron Road to help address the lack of public space and increase opportunities for meeting people as well as to provide somewhere to pause and relax away from the hustle and bustle of the main commercial area.
Gallery - Seven Kings Station urban realm proposals
Urban Realm Designer | Crossrail
The position of Goodmayes station, on a bridge over the railway set back from Goodmayes Road, means that it is not clearly visible from its northern and southern approaches. The forecourt is constrained with narrow footways, which are heavily used in peak periods, and unsightly parking taking space which could be better utilised by pedestrians.
Crossrail has worked with the London Borough of Redbridge to develop a design concept that rearranges the core station urban realm immediately outside the station to create an enlarged forecourt and arrival space with widened and resurfaced footways, new cycle parking, station seating and ‘Legible London’ signage to improve wayfinding and station visibility.
Wider area proposals along the main Goodmayes Road corridor include the creation of a new public space beside a local retail parade, new tree planting to soften the street and provide character and junction treatments to side road that improve accessibility and give pedestrians priority.
Gallery - Goodmayes Station urban realm proposals
Urban Realm Designers | Crossrail
Crossrail has worked with two boroughs (Barking & Dagenham and Redbridge) to design urban realm improvements for Chadwell Heath station and the surrounding area. The station building itself is located in the borough of Redbridge about 400m from the High Road, which is the local shopping centre. Many of the surrounding streets, however, are within the borough of Barking & Dagenham.
The key concept behind the design is the creation of a continuous pedestrian link stretching from the residential areas in the south to the High Road, with the station at the area’s core. There is also potential for improvement to the space around the station.
The design proposals include footway widening and resurfacing, major junction improvements, an enhanced bus interchange and a new zebra crossing located directly outside the station. A number of additional facilities will be located in the adjacent station car park including a car pick-up and drop-off point linked to the station by a new staircase. The use of robust and consistent materials and additional street trees will complete the scheme.
The local centre on the High Road has seen recent highway improvements implemented by both local authorities. Some of the elements of the new urban realm scheme have already been delivered by Barking & Dagenham on the High Road.