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Crossrail’s largest over-site development
application approved
Westminster City Council has given its approval for the regeneration of Tottenham Court Road and the east end of Oxford
Street, including the former Astoria site.
The development plans, submitted in conjunction with Derwent London, are for two above ground developments
located over each ticket hall of the integrated Tottenham Court Road station that will serve both Crossrail and London
Underground passengers.
The 500,000 sq ft of premium retail, office and residential accommodation will cover four blocks, boosting the
economy in the eastern end of Oxford Street and Tottenham Court Road. It will also deliver a significant contribution
towards the Crossrail funding package.
A new theatre to replace the former Astoria Theatre has also been approved. Derwent London has entered into an
agreement with Nimax who will operate the new 350 seat theatre.
London Underground and Crossrail have also gained approval for plans to renew and upgrade the public spaces
around the eastern ticket hall and St Giles area. A new open pedestrian space linking Soho Square and Charing Cross
Road will create new views of the Square and of St. Patrick’s Church.
Ian Lindsay, Crossrail Land and Property Director said, “The £1bn redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station
provides a once in a generation opportunity to revitalise the eastern end of Oxford Street. The plans including high-
quality offices and shops will enhance the Oxford Street and Charing Cross Road area as a thriving cultural and retail
destination.”
The proposals link into wider efforts by London Underground, Crossrail, Transport for London (TfL), Camden Council,
Westminster City Council and Design for London to improve the area around St Giles Circus. A new public piazza around
Centrepoint will also be created providing a distinctive new landmark for the West End.
In total, £1bn is being spent to build the new Crossrail station and upgrade the capacity of the Tube station.
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A narrow gauge railway has been also laid to
provide for small locomotives to transport materials
and supplies into and out of the tunnel.
Concrete segment production
Work has also been continuing at the Old Oak
Common concrete segment plant . Over 8,000
segments have now been produced and stockpiled
for the western tunnels.
A f u r t he r t unne l l i ng ma ch i ne , Ada , wi l l
subsequently be launched from Royal Oak. Once the
first machine has progressed sufficiently, the second
tunnel boring machine will be brought down to the
portal headwall.
When the second tunnel boring machine has
reached Paddington, both machines wi l l then
progress forward through the Paddington station box
to Bond Street and then onwards to Farringdon. The
tunnels between Royal Oak and Farringdon will be
completed in late 2013.
The Crossrail route will pass through 37 stations
and run 118 km (73 miles) from Maidenhead and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels
to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east. When Crossrail opens it will increase London’s rail-based transport network
capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration across the capital, helping to secure London’s position as a world leading
financial centre, and cutting journey times across the city. Crossrail services are due to commence through central
London in 2018.