Farringdon western entrance development wins planning approval

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Crossrail has been granted planning permission to proceed with a new office and commercial development above Farringdon station’s western entrance.

The site, which will cover more than 200,000 sq ft at the corner of Cowcross Street and Farringdon Road, will be spread over six storeys and feature office space and retail units.

Cardinal Lysander have worked alongside Crossrail to draw up the plans which make up around 3 million sq ft of land being developed around the capital as part of the project.

Both Farringdon’s western and eastern entrances will feature over-site developments.

Ian Lindsay, Crossrail land and property director, said: “By 2018 Farringdon will be one of Britain’s busiest rail stations, connecting Crossrail, Thameslink and London Underground services.

“The developments will accelerate the area’s regeneration, helping Farringdon re-emerge as a destination in its own right.”


  1. That is one ugly office building. No attempt to fit in with the fine church in the background nor the existing building in the foreground. The 60s brutal architecture still lives it seems.

  2. Well, it’s the wrong picture!
    The road name on the far left is “Charterhouse Square”, which is about the right place for the EASTERN entrance to Farringdon Crossrail station.
    The “church” behind is the tower at the north-eastern corner of Smithfield meat market (corner Lindis Street / Charterhouse Street).
    The Western entrance is, as the article states, at the junction of Cowcross Street and Farringdon Road.
    True – this new building doesn’t blend in with the Victorian meat market behind. But then that didn’t blend in with the older buildings around it. The new building is too colourful to be a late example of 1960’s brutal architecture.


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