New entrance at Tottenham Court Road underground station opens

The new South entrance at Tottenham Court Road Underground Station, designed by Stanton Williams, opened today. The opening comes as Transport for London announced that Central Line trains will stop at the station again from Monday.

The 15m high glass structure is first of two new crystalline sculptural forms which mark the entrances of the new Crossrail and underground station at Tottenham Court Road. The structures are designed to connect people above and below ground with the Centre Point development and are illuminated at night, creating a dramatic and secure environment. The second entrance is due to complete in late 2016.

The brief was to regenerate the area around the Centre Point tower, Tottenham Court Road underground and new Crossrail station by creating a new world-class public space. The area is the meeting point of the distinct cultures of Bloomsbury, Soho and Covent Garden. The design aims to unlock the potential of existing buildings and make them work at street level. Designs were developed for St Giles’ Circus as a major transport interchange, meeting and information point for London.

The existing fountain and street clutter are cleared to create a strong and simple streetscape on a raised piazza.

The Tottenham Court Road station entrances are part of a wider regeneration scheme, which includes (but not limited to) work by the following companies:

Client: London Underground, acting on behalf of the steering group consisting of Camden Council, Westminster Council, TfL and Crossrail
Entrance Structures Design: Stanton Williams
Ticket hall and below ground station design: Hawkins\Brown
Public Realm Designer: Gillespies and Stanton Williams
Main Contractor: Taylor Woodrow Bam Nuttall Joint Venture
Glass Structure Contractor: Seele
Structural Engineer: Expedition Engineering
Wind Tunnel Specialist: BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd
Lighting Consultant: Studio FRACTAL
Environmental Design: Max Fordham
Art Consultant: Platform for Arts
Artwork: Daniel Buren