Network Rail has expressed “major concerns” about a proposed 42 storey tower block to be built adjacent to railway tracks feeding into the new Crossrail station in Ilford, north east London.
The concerns were set out in response to a planning application submitted by client Access Self Storage to Redbridge Council. Network Rail previously raised concerns in December about the amount of time it had to properly review the documents.
The proposed tower is L-shaped in plan and is to be built on the site of the former Bodgers shopping arcade, which the new Ilford Crossrail Station on its eastern elevation and adjacent to the tracks running into the station on its northern elevation.
A three storey podium connected to the tower sits on the Cranbrook Road bridge which spans the tracks.
Network Rail said it had major concerns about the safety of the operational railway during demolition work and during and construction of the tower because of its close proximity to the tracks and bridge.
Concerns include the potential for increased loading on the bridge and its footings, the bearing capacity of the ground under the increased load and demolition of the existing buildings on the bridge. The track operators is also conerned about the future maintenance of the bridge and railway.
Network Rail said buildings should be at least 4m away from the railway’s overhead power lines and that the new building’s proximity to the power lines should be assessed to ensure the electromagnetic fields did not adversely affect residents.
The tower has been designed by structural engineer Curtins, contractor Skanska and Collado Collins Architects. Arup provided railway access and geotechnical engineering.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Network Rail has a responsibility to ensure that any development next to the railway does not affect the safety or operational performance of services and everyone who uses the it.
“We continue to have discussions with the developer as a result of the comments we have outlined to the London Borough of Redbridge on the planned development.”
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