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HOK submits plans for Crossrail housing scheme

HOK has submitted plans for a 2,800m2 residential development above a Crossrail access shaft in Holborn

The eight-storey development housing 22 flats will sit above a single storey structure providing ventilation and access to the below ground Crossrail tunnels.

A mix of one, two and three-bedroom flats will make up the Fisher Street scheme in Camden.

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

Construction on the Fisher Street shaft has already begun, and is set to complete in 2015.

Ian Lindsay, Crossrail’s land and property director said: ‘The Fisher Street plans offer a striking piece of architecture for a unique opportunity to deliver new residential space in a prime central London location. This is one of a number of commercial opportunities in the pipeline and we are continuing to seek new development partners to help us deliver a range of future schemes.’

Anthony Leslie, head of transportation at HOK’s London office, said: ‘The transportation team here at HOK were involved in some of the initial design work for the Crossrail shaft and ground level structure, so were well placed when it came to designing the over-site development and understanding the constraints of the site. We were able to combine the expertise of our transportation and residential teams, with our long term expertise in Building Information Modelling to deliver a unique and compelling development.’

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