Westminster City Council has approved six planning briefs for the Crossrail construction sites at Bond Street, Paddington and Tottenham Court Road.
The planning sub-committee has announced that the plans – which include a new public square and a replacement for the Astoria venue – will be incorporated into official local planning policy.
The proposals would follow a series of West End developments, including a £5M Shibuya-style diagonal crossing at Oxford Circus, and improve the eastern end of Oxford Street.
Councillor Alastair Moss, chairman of the Council’s planning sub-committee, said the Crossrail station development sites offered “a unique opportunity” for renovation and the creation of “an impressive new gateway at the eastern end of Oxford Street as well as improvements around Bond Street station to complement Marble Arch to the west.”
A unique opportunity
The planning briefs state that the junction of Tottenham Court Road and Charing Cross Road will be revamped with new development above the station as well as a public piazza to replace the former fountain next to Centrepoint.
The Astoria will be demolished to make way for a new cultural and music venue with a minimum 250 seat capacity.
“Cities all over the world are already deeply envious of London’s West End. This iconic part of the capital is set to move ahead.”
Kulveer Ranger, Mayor of London’s transport policy advisor
“Cities all over the world are already deeply envious of London’s West End,” said Kulveer Ranger, the Mayor of London’s advisor on transport policy. “When they see the improvements that Crossrail will help deliver they will realise this iconic part of the capital is set to move way ahead of every competitor.”
Further West End developments include a redesign of more than half a kilometre of both Regent Street and Oxford Street, to create wider pavements and new lighting.
Upon its opening in 2017, Crossrail will improve access to the West End with new stations at Bond Street and Tottenham Court Road.