Crossrail’s planned integration with London’s Paddington Station has received qualified support from the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment (Cabe).
Cabe advised Crossrail to rethink the planned perforated metal cladding on the proposed temporary taxi rank structure, calling it “industrial-looking”. It also advised involvement of artists early on for designing decorative glazing for the Hammersmith & City Underground concourse.
The plans from Weston Williamson will see the taxi rank on Departures Road moved to facilitate the development of a station entrance for Crossrail.
The application does not include the Crossrail station south of Paddington, though other developments are being considered. However, the Cabe panel warned that designs should not be developed in a ‘piecemeal manner’.
It added development of the masterplan for the whole station must start soon, but had praise for the new plans, saying they would improve the travel experience for Hammersmith & City line passengers.