Weston Williamson designs Woolwich Crossrail station
Weston Williamson Architects is designing Crossrail’s final inner-London station at Woolwich, the AJ can reveal
The Southwark-based practice has secured the last of the station building contracts under the £15.9 billion infrastructure programme which was rumoured to be facing cuts before transport secretary Philip Hammond ruled out any major scale-backs last week.
However Hammond admitted the Berkeley Homes-funded Woolwich station was still ‘under review’, being the only of the station projects dependant on private funding.Discussions are ongoing between the developer, the Department of Transport (DfT), Transport for London, and Crossrail to secure a way forward.
A DfT spokesperson said: ‘All efforts are being made to broker a solution, but we have to be clear that we cannot simply default to the taxpayer picking up an additional cost to Crossrail that has never been within the funding programme.’
The station is a key part of Berkeley’s Allies & Morrison-masterplanned Royal Arsenal development which will feature 3,700 homes.
Rob Perrins, Berkeley’s managing director, told ThisisLocalLondon: ‘We are very grateful to the support and guidance provided by Crossrail Ltd during recent efforts to close the gap in funding. We hope that following these developments we can progress design and commence on site over the coming weeks.’