Crossrail Release Images Of Farringdon Building

The new building (left) and Smithfield Market

The new building (left) and Smithfield Market

In contrast to the impressive design work that’s going into the Crossrail stations themselves, the surface-level buildings that will be sprouting up above ground continue to be uninspiring. Having been thoroughly underwhelmed by the new development at Tottenham Court Road, we’re equally uninspired by the one pictured above at Farringdon.

The images (see more on the Crossrail website) show a proposal for a low-rise office on Lindsey Street at what will be Farringdon station’s eastern entrance. According to a press release, the building offers a “well proportioned” backdrop to Smithfield Market, which sits directly opposite; we’d like to see an ill-proportioned design. It’s not the world’s worst building, but a bland one, and in a location with so much great architecture it looks vulgar. Unfortunately, poor design choices are becoming all too common around Smithfield: witness the plans for Smithfield Quarter at the Market’s western extremity.

Transport wonks will also be interested to see that a shortlist of four companies bidding to operate the service was released this week. On it are Arriva Crossrail, Keolis / Go Ahead, MTR Corporation (Crossrail) and, perhaps surprisingly given their handling of the East Coast rail franchise, National Express. Of the bidders, the latter is the sole British firm, with FirstGroup apparently missing out. London Reconnections has some further thoughts.

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  • James Miller

    Given the surroundings, perhaps a mirrored glass building, like One New Change, would have been better.

    on a more general point about Farringdon, being as that it will be a major interchange between Heathrow and Gatwick, the area probably needs a range of hotels.

  • Well yeah,

    …but no worse than any of the other bland modern buildings around the city. We’re still in the architectural age of “hey, at least it’s better than those hideous 60s concrete blocks”.

  • Chris

    Jesus, it looks like something you’d expect to find on Victoria Street.

  • Beth Williams

    Dull. Dull. Dull.

  • Nicolas Chinardet

    yes, it looks like many buildings being built right now using so many of the “fashionable” (off the peck?) features of the moment but at least, as you say it’s not horrible and it is certainly a huge improvement on what was/is there right now, if StreetView is to be believed.

    • http://londonist.com/ Dean Nicholas

      What’s there right now is nothing but a Crossrail building site; the old buildings as seen on Streetview have been demolished.

  • Peter Twist

    Wouldn’t it be great if, rather than just becoming another unappreciative office block, it could be something that would complement and enhance the City of London’s remaining working market? Especially as it will sit directly opposite to the ornate entrance to the east market hall, with its own entrance and exit to two busy underground stations.

  • londona729

    Why couldn’t they build it in a traditional station style?