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Arup launches station revamp alternative

CONSULTANT ARUP last week revealed alternative plans for the remodelling of London Underground's busy Camden Town station.

The plans avoid construction on neighbouring Camden market and a church and were developed for market traders opposed to London Underground's own scheme.

Both Arup's and London Underground's proposals will be presented to a public inquiry into the scheme next month. Both include retail and property developments.

'The alternative scheme is 60% cheaper, more efficient to build and preserves the church and local landmarks, ' said Arup planning and architecture group leader, Leszek Dobrovolsky.

'It also has half the construction period and there is no compromise of height and space.'

Market owner Henry Lennard hired Arup to design alternative stations to show that demolishing existing structures is unnecessary.

The station remodelling work is needed to relieve congestion, improve its structural condition and bring in disabled access.

London Underground was refused planning permission for its original proposal in December 2000 because the accompanying office and retail development was considered too big.

It has since submitted a new stripped down design.

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