18 Jan 2023
Press Releases

Latest designs for Liverpool Street station show new leisure and commercial destination with over 1.5 acres of new public realm

  • The project’s second public consultation will include design proposals for a new building above Liverpool Street station
  • Delivering one of the greenest destinations in the City, with a publicly accessible roof garden and swimming pool, the proposals deliver exceptional new leisure spaces, an improved passenger experience and celebrate the station’s heritage
  • The sustainably developed office, hotel and leisure scheme enables £450 million station upgrades to alleviate access, capacity and overcrowding issues to transform the passenger experience for millions of station users at no cost to passengers or the taxpayer
  • The innovative Herzog & de Meuron design uses the space above 1990s station elements to alleviate the City’s undersupply of modern, grade A commercial floorspace with strong environmental credentials
  • Wellbeing-focused office accommodation will offer up to 71,000 sq ft per floor, and will include outdoor access on every floor

Sellar, the developer of London Bridge Quarter and Paddington Square, and MTR, a leading global operator of sustainable rail transport services including the Elizabeth line, working together with Network Rail, are presenting further details of their proposed upgrades to transform Liverpool Street station. The second public consultation for the project is being held on 18-19 January, following the initial consultation event in November 2022. 

The last upgrade to Liverpool Street station, completed in the early 1990s, came at a time when there was no expectation that passenger numbers would grow. Now Liverpool Street is London’s busiest station, with up to 135 million people using it annually in recent years. Due to the size of the existing concourse, however, passengers currently experience significant overcrowding at the station during peak times. While numbers dropped during the pandemic, congestion still occurs at peak times, and these conditions are expected to worsen as more passengers return. The station is also difficult to access for people with disabilities, luggage and small children, with only one accessible lift serving the main line station and no step-free access to most Underground platforms.

The latest designs include details of the proposed commercial elements, which will enable the delivery of £450 million of vital station upgrades, resulting in an improved passenger experience and creating a destination station.

The evolving designs follow months of consultation and discussions with the City of London, heritage organisations and other stakeholders, including members of the public, which have led to a number of amendments and improvements.

Herzog & de Meuron’s innovative design uses the space primarily above the 1990s’ elements of the station, efficiently densifying the existing footprint, while retaining local and street level views by visually setting back the commercial building comfortably from the historic façades of the Andaz London Liverpool Street (formerly the Great Eastern Hotel).

Sellar, MTR and Network Rail are working closely with key stakeholders, including Transport for London and Hyatt, owners of the Andaz London Liverpool Street hotel adjacent to the station, to bring forward the plans for this regeneration opportunity.

The £1.5 billion project aims to create a new accessible world-class station and will support the City of London Corporation’s Destination City ambitions by creating a landmark seven-day-a-week destination comprising a new retail and leisure hub for visitors, passengers and the local community.

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