The project is a joint initiative between Crossrail, which is rebuilding Farringdon station, and development partner Cardinal Lysander, which is majority landowner of the site.
The new building will be above the western entrance of Farringdon Crossrail station.
The 207,000 sq ft development, designed by John Robertson Architects (JRA), is located at the corner of Cowcross Street and Farringdon Road. The building has been designed to integrate with Crossrail’s operating station. Crossrail says that it will also improve local views of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Farringdon is at the heart of the Crossrail route and will be a key link in bringing passengers directly from within Greater London and beyond to the business hubs in the City and Canary Wharf. Located at the only intersection between Crossrail and Thameslink, Farringdon will directly connect with three of London’s five airports, providing a railway connection between Heathrow and Gatwick. When complete, over 140 trains per hour will flow through the Farringdon interchange.
Crossrail land and property director Ian Lindsay said: “By 2018 Farringdon will be one of Britain’s busiest rail stations, linking Crossrail, Thameslink and London Underground services. Our proposed developments will accelerate the area’s regeneration, helping Farringdon re-emerge as a destination in its own right.”
Crossrail has entered into several collaboration agreements with existing landowners to deliver the over-site developments:
- Grosvenor Estates (Bond Street West - 65 Davies Street)
- Great Portland Estates (Bond Street East – 18/19 Hanover Square)
- Derwent London (Tottenham Ct Rd East – Astoria Site/Goslett Yard)
- Cardinal Lysander Group (Farringdon West – Cardinal House)
- Aviva Investors (Liverpool Street West – 101 Moorgate).