Crossrail station, London, United Kingdom

Tuesday 24 Apr 2018
Credit: PLP

Architects: PLP Architecture

PLP gets on track in Farringdon

Construction has begun on the PLP-designed Farringdon Crossrail station development - one of Britain’s biggest transport interchanges

Following appointment by Helical, PLP Architecture, which is acting as lead consultant on the East Ticket Hall new station development at Farringdon Crossrail Station, has unveiled images of the new office building above the station.

The six-storey building will sit above the station's eastern ticket hall on Lindsey Street and offer 15,572 sq m of office space, with retail units on the ground floor. The OSD carefully integrates operational considerations of the Crossrail station with the requirements of a flexible workplace, to deliver a unified architectural solution.

The site is bounded by the Smithfield Conservation Area to the west and the Charterhouse Square Conservation Area to the east and to the north. The building’s exterior was therefore carefully designed to reflect the style proportions and colour palette of architecture in the area and complement neighbouring buildings, including the adjacent Grade II* listed Smithfield market.

PLP’s design interprets and reflects the use of colour and terracotta of the Victorian surroundings in Farringdon in a contemporary way. The building will similarly be clad with a terracotta framework, with piers featuring colour glaze on one side, which will provide subtle glimpses of unexpected colour to each elevation dependant on the viewing angle.

The piers will directly reference colours in the surrounding streetscape context, each elevation responding to its particular environment either directly or with complimentary contrasting colours.

The ground floor façade design, materials and colour palette will help animate the public realm while sign-posting the station entrance. Together with the station entrance, retail units will create an active frontage around the majority of the ground floor, which will benefit from 5.6m high ceilings.

Daniel Moore, Architect at PLP Architecture said: “The prospect of seeing the materialisation of this carefully designed building, which we hope will galvanise and complete its context, is an exciting one. PLP Architecture has worked on the design of this building for a number of years and we look forward to seeing its cheerful and well-crafted elevations emerge over the coming months. Having initially enjoyed the committed and well guided patronage of Crossrail, we have more recently been fortunate that a visionary yet well-informed developer in Helical has taken the reins.”

Matthew Bonning-Snook, Property Director at Helical plc, commented: “We are a great believer in the potential of the area given the significant impact of Crossrail and due to the wealth of cultural and public realm improvements that are planned and underway locally. Our adjacent office scheme overlooking Charterhouse Square, which is fully let, together with our Barts Square project which delivers a new urban quarter to the City and Smithfield, further highlights this belief.”

Construction on site is due to begin shortly, with completion expected by October 2019.

Nick Myall

News editor