John Robertson Architects’ mixed-use scheme above Farringdon’s new Elizabeth Line station is set to go ahead after the signing of a development agreement
Transport for London has now completed a deal with developer HB Reavis to build the 12,800m² block on the corner of Cowcross Street and Farringdon Road, above the station’s western ticket hall.
The over-station scheme, which gained planning permission in 2014, will comprise two floors of shops at ground and basement levels, plus seven storeys of office space.
Practice director John Robertson said: ‘The design of the new building is a further development of JRA’s contextual civic Modernist ethos, where we design buildings which harmonise with their surroundings and respect the character and identity of London.
‘The design for Farringdon West was inspired by the traditional vernacular styles of the Victorian warehouses in Clerkenwell, Hatton Garden and Farringdon.’
The building will have floorplates that can be subdivided as well as expansive roof terraces accessible by tenants.
One of the principal building materials will be a faience in a number of different colours, Robertson said.
HB Reavis UK’s transactions director, Steven Skinner, said: ‘As with all of our buildings, we have put design quality and the needs of occupiers first.’
The announcement follows the March signing of development agreements for Elizabeth Line over-station developments at Bond Street and Farringdon’s eastern ticket hall, both by PLP Architects.
Plans are in place for 12 major developments over and around the new stations on the route, providing more than 278,000m² of office, retail and residential space between Paddington and Woolwich.
Construction above Farringdon station is expected to start later this year.
Model of John Robertson Architects’ oversite scheme for Farringdon Station
Source: Andrew Putler