Terry Farrell has unveiled his proposals for a major new development around the nation’s first high-speed rail super hub at Old Oak Common north-west London
The images were prepared as part of Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s submission to the Department for Transport (DfT) backing the government’s plans for a high speed rail line (HS2) from Birmingham to London.
The plans at Park Royal City include 12,000 new homes, 115,000 extra jobs, a new waterside park along the Grand Union Canal, and a light-railway, built on a convergence of transport routes in the area.
The 90-hectare site is currently derelict industrial land, and the scope of the plans for the area will rank alongside Farrell’s work in the Far East.
Farrell said: ‘High Speed Rail is not just a transportation strategy it’s a nationwide economic catalyst that requires creative place making.
‘This is an incredibly exciting opportunity to reshape and unblock the development of a critical part of north-west London, and crucially to have a huge impact on the country as a whole.”
Hammersmith & Fulham council leader Stephen Greenhalgh said: ‘The Old Oak super hub is vital to making the overall HS2 plans work properly as it will relieve pressure on central London terminals, like Euston, that will not be able to cope with the huge number of additional passengers on their own.
Music mogul and rail enthusiast Pete Waterman said: ‘It’s all very well for NIMBYs in the Chilterns to worry about their lawns, but with the demand for rail travel predicted to continue to grow, the railways are facing serious capacity issues.
‘A new High Speed Rail line will not only address the problems with capacity, but dramatically reduce journey times.”
Meanwhile Farrells has secured another major transport project in the Republic of Ireland. The firm has been appointed by Ireland’s state-owned public transport provider Córas Iompair Éireann (CIÉ) to produce a masterplan for the area around Dublin’s Heuston Station, a major rail terminus to the west of the city centre.
Farrells is working with Dublin City Council and Ireland’s National Transport Authority, and a local team of consultants that includes Dublin-based Mōla Architecture, engineering consultants Arup and planning consultants Tom Phillips & Associates.
They will produce a masterplan that will guide the future development of the station and a 16 hectare acre site surrounding it.
The revenue generated from the resulting mixed-use residential, retail and commercial development will be used to fund future transportation needs.