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BDP unveils revised Whitechapel Crossrail station scheme

BDP has revealed new images of its Crossrail station at Whitechapel, featuring a public walkway and re-designed ventilation towers

Initial plans for the interchange station in east London were reworked after consultation with residents and Tower Hamlets council.

The new design is cheaper, requiring reduced excavation work, and offers an entrance on Whitechapel road.

Step-free access is provided at both the main entrance and adjacent entrance at the Royal London Hospital.

Robert Keefe, lead architect, said: ‘BDP’s redesign effectively shifts the emphasis from a below ground subterranean solution to an above ground station bridge

‘In addition to the improved passenger environment through increased daylight and natural ventilation, the new station bridge approach creates opportunities to enhance connectivity and accessibilityfor the Whitechapel area and particularly to Whitechapel Road and the Royal London Hospital.  We are delighted this lighter engineering touch has also generated some major savings for the project.’

Rob Holden, Crossrail chief executive, said: ‘Crossrail is sensitive to local issues and I am delighted that our discussions with Tower Hamlets and the local community have resulted in such an exciting new station design.’

Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s transport adviser, said: ‘This development is about investing in a great design which reflects the views of local residents at the best value for money. I am delighted to see the plans coming together for a truly exciting development.’

The designs will be on display at Whitechapel’s Idea Store from 30 June to 3 July.

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