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Victoria Station to double in size

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Weston Williamson is to mastermind the £700 million overhaul of Victoria Station in central London – the biggest infrastructure project in the city after Crossrail

The practice, which is also involved in the revamp of Paddington Station in west London, is understood to be taking the project from detailed design through to completion for Transport for London (TfL).

Funding for the job was secured after the TfL board gave its approval last October; BAM Nuttall and Taylor Woodrow have been appointed to build the project in phases.

Work will start in 2011 and complete in 2016 – a year ahead of the original schedule.

The station, which handles 80 million passengers a year, will double in size by the time it is fully complete in 2018. The scheme includes a new entrance and a ticketing hall.

Meanwhile, the stalled Land Securities-led £2 billion Victoria Transport Interchange scheme could be completed by 2014.

Robert Noel, managing director of the developer’s London portfolio, said he wants to proceed with proposals.
The developer is currently resurrecting the Rafael Viñoly-designed ‘Walkie Talkie’ tower, which had also stalled, in the City of London.

The original Victoria Transport Interchange scheme, masterplanned by KPF, was slammed by CABE in 2007.

The project initially included towers by Wilkinson Eyre and schemes by Lynch Architects, Allies and Morrison and Benson + Forsyth.

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