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| BDP / Hyder
The challenge for the urban realm design is to make the station entrance a distinctive landmark, amid the bustle of Whitechapel Road market, and to create sufficient space for pedestrians entering and leaving the station and crossing to the Royal London Hospital on the south side of Whitechapel Road.
The new entrance to the Crossrail station will be in the same location as the existing entrance on Whitechapel Road; during construction work there will be a temporary ticket office in Court Street.
The first improvements for the area will be at Court Street where the temporary entrance to the station opens later this year. The street will be pedestrianised, the current carriageway raised to create a unified surface and the existing railway bridge canopy removed to create a safer, more pedestrian-friendly route.
On Whitechapel Road, to accommodate the permanent entrance to the station, improvements will rationalise and increase the size of the station’s forecourt. In addition the use of feature paving will give the forecourt a stronger definition.
Durward Street is a less active space than Whitechapel Road and before Crossrail construction works began occupying the site, it was used mostly for vehicle parking and as a bus stand. The hard surfaces and blank frontages made it an intimidating space for pedestrians. The scheme aims to reduce the car parking, remove the bus stand and enable the public space to respond to pedestrian ‘desire lines’, creating a greener more inviting environment.
Gallery - Whitechapel Station urban realm proposals
Urban Realm Designers | Foster & Partners /Gillespies
The Canary Wharf station is being constructed in the North Dock, a stretch of water between the Canary Wharf Estate and Poplar.
These two areas differ considerably; with the high rise commercial buildings of Canary Wharf to the south and smaller scale residential neighbourhood of Poplar to the north. Canary Wharf, in conjunction with Crossrail, has used the opportunity of the station to deliver a ‘stepping stone’ between the two areas.
To the north of the station a newly created dock edge will provide connections to Poplar, with a series of new connecting routes formed. The boardwalk at dock edge level, along the southern side of the station, will enliven the retail façade and surrounding public space.
At the boardwalk’s western end, a public square at Adam’s Place connects the station directly to Canary Wharf both at dock and ground level. Pedestrian access in and out of the space is driven by the number of entrances, but the square also provides opportunities to stop and relax. The design for the square explores the idea of a light deck that almost appears to float in the dock. The place is treated like a pontoon taking you from Canary Wharf to the Crossrail vessel.
An important part of the new structure is a public landscaped garden on the roof of the station development. Easily accessible from ground level, the garden will be a distinctive open space characterised by lush native planting and water features all within an open lattice structure. The garden will provide a new amenity for the local community that accommodates a variety of activities within a stimulating natural environment. When the public areas and building are open during the evenings they will glow, enhancing the appearance of the area and welcoming visitors.