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McAslan & Partners going Underground in Hounslow

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John McAslan & Partners has designed a new station at Hounslow East for London Underground and is working on feasibility studies for seven others.

The 500m2 station, costing several million pounds, will be built on waste ground next to the existing station, which will be knocked down when the new one is completed around March 2000. Passengers will enter through three vaulted canopies into a ticket hall. Lifts and stairs will take them up to the above-ground train platforms.

A planning application is to be submitted shortly, and work could start in January 1999.

The feasibility studies include one for High Street Kensington station which will look at clearing congestion. lu fears the station will be swamped if a Diana Trust memorial goes ahead in the area.

John McAslan & Partners will also look at disabled-access problems at six existing tube stations.

The practice has also been commissioned to restore and adapt a 1919 Charles Rennie Mackintosh house. The council wants to turn 78 Derngate and two adjacent homes into a gallery and education space. Ritchie joins Benoy to work on £460m White City project

Ian Ritchie Architects has been drafted in for London's biggest development, which will include a railway station and shops.

The 15ha scheme for White City, a former sports stadium near Hammersmith, will have 85,000m2 of shops, leisure and affordable housing.

Ian Ritchie Architects is lead designer but the original architect, Benoy, will work with Ritchie on the £460 million scheme, due to open in 2001. A planning application is expected in late November.

The developer, Chelsfield, said a railway and bus station would be part of the scheme for the brownfield site. Half the visitors were expected to come by public transport, said Chelsfield, which has been attacked by environmentalists who fear car pollution and congestion.

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