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Crossrail plans 65,000 sq ft Mayfair development

Crossrail and development partner Grosvenor have submitted a planning application to Westminster City Council for a 65,000 sq ft over-site development at 65 Davies Street in Mayfair.

The scheme will be located above the western ticket hall for Crossrail’s Bond Street station and comprises six floors of office accommodation above the station, served by an entrance lobby on Davies Street.

The contemporary office scheme has been designed by PLP Architecture to be sensitive to the traditional architecture of the neighbouring Mayfair buildings, incorporating high-quality natural materials with a richly detailed facade.

The design also incorporates a ventilation shaft that will be constructed as part of the works to build the Crossrail station western ticket hall.

Grosvenor will be responsible for delivering the OSD aspect of the scheme once Crossrail station and ticket hall construction works are completed in 2017.

In March, the Corporation of London approved plans to build 88,000 sq ft of retail and office space above a section of the Liverpool Street Crossrail station.

Crossrail also submitted a six-storey Farringdon office application in June and an application for a 15-storey, 320,000 sq ft development in Paddington in August.

The contract award for the Bond Street £200m main station deal has been awarded to a Costain/SkanskaJV ahead of Laing O’Rourke; Bam Nuttall/Ferrovial/Kier; and Lend Lease Construction.

Crossrail over-site developments

Construction of the new Crossrail station at Bond Street got under way in 2011 with a programme of utility diversion works and the demolition of buildings above each of the ticket hall sites.

Crossrail has already received approval for a 300,000 sq ft retail, commercial and residential space above its eastern ticket hall at Hanover Square, where partner Great Portland Estates will be responsible for building the over-site development once the ticket hall is completed in 2016.

Over-site developments are not covered by The Crossrail Act and are subject to the normal planning approval process. Crossrail has entered into the following agreements with developers for over-site schemes.

  • Grosvenor (Bond Street West – 65 Davies Street)
  • Great Portland Estates (Bond Street East – 18/19 Hanover Square)
  • Derwent London (Tottenham Court Road East – Astoria Site/Goslett Yard)
  • Cardinal Lysander Group (Farringdon West – Cardinal House)
  • Aviva Investors (Liverpool Street West – 101 Moorgate)

Grosvenor’s London estate development director Ian Morrison said: “65 Davies Street is part of a significant office pipeline for Grosvenor in Mayfair that reflects our commitment to the office sector in the area and the continued strength of the sector generally.

“We are working closely with Crossrail’s team and PLP Architecture to design a striking and contemporary new building that responds to customer needs, complements and enhances the urban form of Mayfair and delivers excellent Sustainability credentials.”

Crossrail land and property director Ian Lindsay said: “Crossrail will boost the West End’s position as a thriving cultural and retail destination and the new commercial space at Davies Street will further enhance the wider Oxford Street area.

“Sites above Crossrail stations, including Bond Street, are being developed with public spaces around stations improved to ensure we take full advantage of the huge redevelopment opportunities Crossrail is bringing to London.”

To date, over-site development applications have been approved for Bond Street East (Hanover Square), 101 Moorgate and developments above Crossrail Tottenham Court Road station.

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