Ealing Council has welcomed the news that Crossrail has agreed to bring in an independent panel to review the design of 27 surface stations, and the borough’s four other stations on the line.
The surprise announcement was made, at a meeting of the London Assembly’s transport committee on Thursday, 6 February. Last month, Ealing Council confirmed that it was to bring in its own architects – HOK and John McAslan and partners – to work on exterior designs for Ealing Broadway and Southall stations.
The council is unhappy with the plans for the exterior of the station and has been calling for a re-think on the current design which it feels is uninspiring. At Ealing Broadway, it wants to see a visually more striking façade, creating more of a landmark to enhance the surrounding area.
Councillor Julian Bell leader of the council, said: “This announcement is a definite step in the right direction. I’m pleased that Crossrail has promised to appoint an independent panel to review the designs of the outer London stations. We are pleased that by raising our concerns, Crossrail has had a rethink, this should mean better designs for Ealing Broadway and the other stations along the route.
“We will continue to press for the best possible stations for our borough. Already, we have had a lot of success influencing the interior plans for the station and we will continue to work constructively to get the high-quality designs befitting of these important local landmarks.”
The council has been working closely with Crossrail on the emerging designs for all five stations in Ealing and has already secured some significant improvements to the interior designs for Ealing Broadway, including lifts so that the station is fully accessible, as well as the adaption of designs so that retail premises are better located within the station.
Ealing Broadway is further along the Crossrail project process than the borough’s four other stations (Acton, West Ealing, Hanwell and Southall). The council’s planning department has received *plans from Crossrail for the latest stage of the Ealing Broadway scheme. It is hoped that agreement on the station’s design can be reached as quickly as possible so that the plans can be considered without delay.
At Southall Station, council-employed architects John McAslan and partners will work with Crossrail to improve both the visual appearance of the station and make it as easy as possible for passengers to use. In particular, the council wants to harness the station’s contribution to the wider regeneration of the area, including proposed developments at Southall Gas Works, Middlesex Business Park and the town centre sites.