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HOK wins planning for Crossrail housing

HOK has won planning permission for this 2,800m2 residential development above a Crossrail access shaft on Fisher Street in Holborn, west London

The eight storey development – featuring 22 flats – will sit above a single storey structure providing access and ventilation to Crossrail’s underground tunnels.

The scheme – located between the conservation areas of Bloomsbury and Kingsway – borders a Grade II-listed building on Southampton Row.

HOK’s scheme was designed in close consultation with local authority Camden Council and English Heritage to ensure the upper levels are set back, leaving space between the new development and the existing listed building.

In the first half of next year Crossrail plans to seek a development partner for the project which features a mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats.

Crossrail land and property director Ian Lindsay said: ‘We are very pleased to gain planning consent to develop this much needed residential space.

‘Building above the Fisher Street site is part of our strategy to regenerate areas all along the line and capture the value presented by the creation of Crossrail.

It should be an attractive site for developers and ultimately a very attractive place to live in the middle of one of the world’s greatest cities.’

HOK's 2,800m2 residential development above a Crossrail access shaft on Fisher Street in Holborn, west London

HOK’s 2,800m2 residential development above a Crossrail access shaft on Fisher Street in Holborn, west London

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