Crossrail, along with development partner Cardinal Lysander, has secured approval from the London Borough of Islington to construct a six-storey office and retail building above Farringdon station in the UK.
The 207,000ft² mixed-use building will be constructed at the western entrance of Farringdon station on the corner of Cowcross Street and Farringdon Road.
Designed by John Robertson Architects (JRA), the building will feature office space on the upper floors and retail units at street level.
The building has been designed to integrate with Crossrail’s rail station at Farringdon and improve local views of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Crossrail land and property director Ian Lindsay said that by 2018, Farringdon will be one of the UK’s busiest rail stations, linking Crossrail, Thameslink and London Underground services.
"The developments will accelerate the area’s regeneration, helping Farringdon re-emerge as a destination in its own right," Lindsay said.
Crossrail has already signed a number of collaboration agreements with landowners to deliver the over-site developments, including Grosvenor Estates, Great Portland Estates, Derwent London, Cardinal Lysander Group and Aviva Investors.
After completion of the rail line, more than 140 trains per hour will pass through Farringdon.
A total of three million square feet of development space is planned above Crossrail stations, helping to create new business space, homes and jobs for people in London.
Crossrail has secured approval for more than one million square feet of development space so far across the site.
Image: The building will feature office space on the upper floors and retail units at street level. Photo: Courtesy of Crossrail.