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Bennetts submits Hayes & Harlington Crossrail station plans

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Bennetts Associates has submitted a planning application for its Hayes & Harlington Crossrail station scheme in west London

The project – submitted to Hillingdon Council for approval – will create a new ‘landmark’ glass and steel entrance to the existing station.

The new entrance will be located immediately to the north of the existing station entrance on a site previously occupied by a commercial building.

A new ticket hall will also be created along with a new waiting room and footbridge providing step-free access to all platforms.

The upgrade is part of the £15 billion Crossrail project which is planned to complete in 2019.

The new station will receive up to 10 trains an hour in both directions when the new 118-kilometre rail line opens connecting Reading in the West and Shenfield in the East to central London.

The planning application comes almost a year after Hillingdon Council hired its own unnamed architect to review Bennetts’ designs for the station.

The review came shortly after Richard Rogers criticised the lack of independent design review on Crossrail’s 27 surface stations outside of central London.

New public realm improvements – incorporated into the station upgrade project following negotiations with Hillingdon Council – include continuous cycle lanes, tree planting, and safer junctions.

Crossrail surface director Matthew White said: ‘Our proposals are for a modern, prominent building that properly reflects the importance of the station to the area.

‘A bright, spacious ticket hall and other major upgrades will make using the station a much better experience for the thousands of people who pass through every day.’

Julian Lipscombe, director at Bennetts Associates added: ‘Our design is intended to create an elegant new focal point and regeneration catalyst for Hayes & Harlington.

‘The signature projecting roof not only establishes a civic presence but also draws all directions of approach together into a legible and uplifting route through the glazed ticket hall to the platforms beyond.’

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