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Bank Station – 16th September 2022

On August 13th, I wrote What Goes Up Must Come Down, where I described the crane coming down over the new Bank station entrance on Cannon Street.

The triangular site, that lies between Cannon and King William Streets, has now been opened up for development, as these pictures show.

Note.

  1. I took the pictures from the top of a 141 bus, that was going to London Bridge station.
  2. It is going to be a large block on top of the station.
  3. Do the pictures indicate retail or further station entrances along King William Street?
  4. This development must help in the financing of the massive Bank Station Upgrade.

This is the last picture, shown to a larger scale.

On the end of the lowest level of the portable offices, you can just about make out a sign indicating a ladies toilet.

Is this the most inaccessible ladies toilet in London? Or even the world?

September 18, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , | 2 Comments

Knightsbridge Station – 25th April 2022

I wrote Development Of Knightsbridge Station on November 27th 2017.

It is now a few days short of four years and five months later and the station looks a bit different.

Note.

  1. The original station entrance on the corner of Sloane Street and Knightsbridge is now a new retail unit for Burberry.
  2. The original entrance in front of Harvey Nicholls is still open.
  3. The entrance opened in 2017 on the North side of Knightsbridge is still open.
  4. The new step-free entrance with lifts, is behind the black hoarding to the right of the new Burberry.
  5. The pavements are wider around the frontage of Burberry, than they were, when it was the station entrance.

The station is intended to fully open with lifts to the Piccadilly Line by Summer 2022.

Conclusion

This Google Map shows the site of the original Sloane Street entrance.

Note.

  1. Knightsbridge running East-West across the top of the map.
  2. Brompton Road running towards the South-West and past Harrods.
  3. Sloane Street running North-South towards the right of the map.
  4. The London Underground roundel indication the old entrance.
  5. Thee large size of the development site.

Is this going to be the world’s most expensive step-free rebuild of a Metro station?

The development is being carried out by the owners of the site; the Knightsbridge Estate, who are ultimately owned by one of Saudi Arabia’s richest families.

On the Development page of the web site, this is said about improving the public realm.

Significant improvements are being made to the public realm. The pavements on Brompton Road and Sloane Street have been widened to ease the pedestrian flow, Hooper’s Court, which links Brompton Road and Basil Street, is being completely remodelled and the Knightsbridge underground station is being substantially upgraded. A brand new tube entrance is being created further west along Brompton Road, a step-free access via two 17-person lifts located on Hooper’s Court will be introduced as well as on-platform cooling systems.

How many other tube stations are there in London with air-cooled platforms?

But then those, who buy the multi-million pound flats in this development, will expect a constant atmosphere between flat and platform. Remember too, that the New Tubes for London being built by Siemens for the Piccadilly Line will be air-conditioned.

 

April 25, 2022 Posted by | Transport/Travel | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Go-ahead For West London 460-home Build To Rent Scheme

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Construction Enquirer.

This is the first paragraph.

The scheme is the first to be brought forward by Connected Living London, a partnership between build to rent specialist Grainger and Transport for London.

This must be the way for London to get best value from all the suitable sites for housing, owned by Transport for London.

Four sites are mentioned in the article.

  • Next to Southall station
  • Next to Arnos Grove station
  • Montford Place in Kennington. which is currently being used as a construction site for the Northern Line Extension.
  • Above the new Nine Elms station on the Northern Line Extension.

These are some thoughts on the sites.

Arnos Grove Station

The developers will have to be careful, with the design at Arnos Grove station, as it’s a Grade II* Listed building.

This Google Map shows the station.

I never knew, that the station had so much parking.

Will the development be over some or all of this car parking?

This article on Ian Visits is entitled Plans To Build Flats On Arnos Grove Tube Station Car Park.

Ian says that there will be four blocks, with a total of162 rental homes, of which 40 % will be affordable.

  • It doesn’t seem to be high density or high towers.
  • A map shows it is not over the railway.

Ian also says this about the loss of car parking.

Unsurprisingly, there are local objections to the plans to remove the car park with nearly 300 parking spaces, although TfL counters that a third of the people who currently drive to the station living within walking distance.

But then many people never drive very far from where they live. For environmental reasons, perhaps fossil fuel vehicles should pay a Movement Tax of say five pounds, every time the vehicle is moved in a built-up area. Zero-emission vehicles would be exempt!

Montford Place

I took these pictures of the Montford Place site in July.

This site could be sensitive too! But surely, the residents don’t want an ugly utilitarian headhouse for the ventilation shaft of the Northern Line Extension.

This Google Map shows the site.

It is not small, judging by the two buses at the side.

There’s also a large hole to cover!

 

 

September 19, 2020 Posted by | Transport/Travel, World | , , , , , , | 4 Comments