Ealing Council has appointed architects HOK and John McAslan and partners to improve the design of the proposed Ealing Broadway and Southall Crossrail stations. Robert Gurd, Chairman of Ealing Civic Society, welcomes this move to review the proposals submitted by Crossrail in December 2013. The plans were criticised by Richard Rogers and Tessa Jowell according to an article in the Observer. Various local groups, including the Society, also raised objections to the proposals. HOK will review and amend designs for Ealing Broadway in order to improve the look and feel of the station, particularly the facade and entrance area. John McAslan and partners will review the plans for Southall station.
Ealing Civic Society has also welcomed Crossrail’s undertaking to carry out an external review of the design of Ealing Broadway station following criticism of the outer London station designs at the London Assembly Transport Committee hearing on 5 February. Chairman Robert Gurd said “this is a welcome change of heart on Crossrail’s part: following universal criticism of their proposed exterior plans for Ealing Broadway station more suited to an industrial estate we look forward to working with them and the Council’s appointed architects to come up with plans befitting the Queen of Suburbs.”