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Hawkins\Brown scores Crossrail delivery jobs

Hawkins\Brown has landed a role delivering three central London Crossrail stations

The practice announced the high-profile appointments – along with three major schemes in China – at a party to celebrate its 25th anniversary at the RIBA last night (30 May).

Hawkins\Brown was among nine practices chosen to design concepts for key stations on the £15.9 billion four years ago.

The studio’s concept design for Tottenham Court Road station, planned to open in 2018, will now be delivered by the practice.

The outfit has also picked up jobs delivering new stations at Liverpool Street, originally designed by Wilkinson Eyre, and Bond Street, first designed by John McAslan.

Announcing the appointments, Roger Hawkins of the practice said: ‘Exciting times lie ahead. Having won three contracts on Crossrail we are now the most prolific architect working on Europe’s largest construction project in Europe.’

Hawkins\Brown meanwhile announced it will submit a planning application for its £15 million overhaul of London’s prestigious The Bartlett School of Architecture in August.

The project – which includes remodelling the building’s foyer, café, exhibition space, workshops and teaching facilities – is expected to commence next year. The red brick building in Bloomsbury was completed by Architects’ Co-Partnership in 1975.

Commenting on the project, Bartlett dean Alan Penn said: ‘As relatively “expert” clients I have found Hawkins\Brown to be very sensitive to a difficult brief.

‘They have been able to listen carefully to often conflicting views and then to come up with solutions that seem to get everyone on board. For what could be “just another refurb” I think they recognise what a sensitive animal a well working school of architecture is and are investing the time and effort to understand it and to work creatively to keep the culture at the same time as giving the place a much needed makeover.’











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