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Cabe to monitor Crossrail designs

An architectural review panel has been set up to advise on designs for new Crossrail stations, it was announced last week.

The Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (CABE) panel will begin its work early in 2009. It will assess designs for stations at Paddington, Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon, Liverpool Street, Whitechapel and Custom House.

The panel comprises architects and engineers including Alan Baxter & Associates senior partner Alan Baxter and Adams Kara Taylor director Hanif Kara.

"Infrastructure is the making or breaking of cities," said Baxter. "Bad infrastructure throttles cities. Crossrail is inherently good but we’re looking at how to make it better. We’re looking at how enormous numbers of people will flow in and out of the stations, the benefits and relation to the area around and what other areas need to be considered to allow better flow."

The panel will look at issues such as aesthetic quality, how the building relates to its surroundings and quality of materials.

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