Crossrail and property developer Derwent London have secured approval from Westminster City Council in London, UK, for the £1bn revamp of Tottenham Court Road and the east end of Oxford Street, including the site of the former Astoria music venue.
The planning approval has been given for the two above-ground buildings over each ticket hall of Tottenham Court Road Tube station that will serve both Crossrail and London Underground passengers.
The proposed glass-clad building over Tottenham Court Road station on Charing Cross Road is being built by Crossrail, as it prepares a £16bn rail link connecting London’s east and west.
Crossrail land and property director Ian Lindsay said that the £1bn redevelopment of Tottenham Court Road station provides an opportunity to revitalise the east 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," Lindsay said.
The plan includes four blocks of shops, flats and offices at the eastern side of Oxford Street, covering an area of 500,000ft².
A new 350-seat theatre will be built to replace the former Astoria venue, which was demolished in 2009 for the east-west Crossrail line that is due to open in 2018.
The theatre has been designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris and theatre design consultant Ian Albery, while Derwent London has signed an agreement with Nimax to operate the new theatre.
Additionally, London Underground and Crossrail have also won 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 form new views of the square and of St. Patrick’s Church.
The plans also include the creation of a new public piazza around the Centre Point tower to provide a new landmark for the West End.
Caption: The development will include construction of a 350-seat theatre to replace the former Astoria concert venue. Image: courtesy of Crossrail.