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March 12, 2013

Crossrail, HOK submit plans for new residential development in London

Crossrail and the US-based architecture firm HOK have submitted plans to Camden Council in the UK for a new 30,000ft² residential development at Fisher Street in central London.

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Fisher Street residential development

Crossrail and the US-based architecture firm HOK have submitted plans to Camden Council in the UK for a new 30,000ft² residential development at Fisher Street in central London.

Upon completion, the eight-storey development will feature 22 one, two and three-bedroom apartments.

The development will be built on top of the Fisher Street shaft, a single-storey structure in Holborn that offers ventilation and access to Crossrail tunnels below ground.

Designed by HOK, the scheme will be located between the conservation areas of Bloomsbury and Kingsway, bordering an eight-storey building on Southampton Row.

HOK said the architecture has been carefully designed to ensure the upper levels are set back to leave space between the proposed building and a property next door.

HOK’s London office head of transportation Anthony Leslie said, "The transportation team here at HOK were involved in some of the initial design work for the Crossrail shaft and ground level structure, so were well placed when it came to designing the over-site development and understanding the constraints of the site."

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The Fisher Street scheme is one of the over-site developments submitted for planning approval by Crossrail.

If approved, the scheme will form part of 3 million ft² of office, retail and residential space planned above new Crossrail stations.

Crossrail has already secured planning consent for about 1 million ft² of development.

The company has signed a number of collaboration deals with existing landowners to deliver over-site developments.

Crossrail said it will start procuring a development partner for the Fisher Street scheme once the planning process for the site completes.

Crossrail land and property director Ian Lindsay said the company is creating new development opportunities throughout Fisher Street as well as delivering new transport links.

"The Fisher Street plans offer a striking piece of architecture for a unique opportunity to deliver new residential space in a prime central London location," Lindsay said.

"This is one of a number of commercial opportunities in the pipeline and we are continuing to seek new development partners to help us deliver a range of future schemes."

Construction work on the Fisher Street shaft has already started and is anticipated to complete in 2015.


Image: The 30,000ft² residential development at Fisher Street will feature 22 one, two and three bedroom apartments. Photo: Crossrail.

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