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Take two: LDS bags planning for reworked Crossrail development


Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands has won the go-ahead for new plans to redevelop the site above and around the proposed Bond Street Crossrail station

The approval from the City of Westminster’s planning committee comes almost four years after the practice first secured consent for its original masterplan covering the plot between Oxford Street, New Bond Street and Hanover Square (see AJ 24.05.11).

According to the practice, the 2011 designs have been updated to include ‘enhanced public realm’ with the façades of the over-site development significantly revised. The consented scheme’s mansard storeys have also been replaced with a Portland stone-clad extension.

Backed by developer Great Portland Estates, the 30,511m² over-site building is now 1,594m² bigger than the 2011 proposal.

Paul Sandilands, director of Lifschutz Davidson Sandilands said: ‘In 2011, our design for Hanover Square was the first over-site development (OSD) to gain planning approval and set the bar for subsequent Crossrail OSDs. We were commissioned to enhance our masterplan to reflect Great Portland Estates and Crossrail’s commitment to achieving the highest quality buildings and public realm for this hugely significant site in the heart of the West End.

‘[On the over-site building] we’ve introduced materials and detailing of the highest standard to create a building redolent of workmanship and longevity, fitting for the only Crossrail station on a London square.’

Bond Street Tube station currently handles 155,000 daily and with the arrival of Crossrail in 2018, passenger numbers are expected to increase to 225,000.



Readers' comments (2)

  • Cabe's Crossrail Design Review Panel was highly critical of the previous scheme for its size and design; Westminster disregarded our views. This revised proposal is even bigger! In my view, the massing is crude and quite unworthy of such a favoured location on Hanover Square. It does a huge disservice to Crossrail by association.
    Les Sparks (former chair of Cabe's Crossrail DRP)

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  • Chris Rogers

    Fair points Les, but personally I do prefer the new one - I dislike multiple mansards that pretend to not be floors. I like the new massing.

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