The block of Charing Cross Road buildings once containing the famous Astoria Theatre is no more as work steams ahead on the new Tottenham Court Road Crossrail and Tube station.
Demolition has now been completed, making way for the construction of the station plaza ticket hall to be built below Charing Cross Road by London Underground.
The eastern ticket hall will have entrances on Oxford Street and from a piazza outside Centre Point. A new western ticket hall will offer an entrance on Oxford Street and new access to the Central Line.
The Tube station upgrades − to be completed by 2016 − will help to meet the increased demand of more than 200,000-plus passengers who will use the station each day once Crossrail is in operation.
The work has posed major challenges in terms of traffic and pedestrian management. The densely populated location has also made lorry movements difficult. As a result, over 95% of all material from the demolition is being recycled.
London Underground director of strategy and service development Richard Parry has called the works: “one of the biggest station redevelopment projects ever undertaken in central London”.
Crossrail contracts timeline
- September 2009 OJEU invite for expressions of interest on Tunnels West and Tunnels East contracts
- October 2009 Announcement of third tunnelling contract for River Thames work delayed
- October 2009 Bids invited for station tunnels at Tottenham Court Road and Bond Street
- October 2009 Paddington station integrated works contract advertised
- This month OJEU invitations to tender to be released
- Mid-2010 Award of Tunnels East and Tunnels West contracts
- Late 2011 Launch of first tunnel boring machine