354-358 Oxford Street is to be redeveloped as part of major improvements to Bond Street Underground Station. Bond Street Station is one of the principal access points to the busiest shopping street in the world, and the new ticket hall is to be located on this site, and connected to the new Crossrail station nearby.
In order to construct the tunnels and ticket hall, a new above ground enabling structure provides access to two large diameter vertical access shafts, constructed to the depth of the station. The frame eliminates the need for temporary works and provides a working platform for the contractor’s on-site accommodation. At roof level, the frame also supports air-handling equipment and chillers for the Underground.
When the below-ground works are complete, the enabling platform is designed to be reused, with new cladding and internal fit-out for three levels of shops and apartments above.
The completed building is also an entrance gateway to the distinctive 18th century backwater of Stratford Place, and the corner is expressed as a pavilion with the proportions of the historic town houses beyond. Facades constructed in traditional solid brickwork create a durable and sustainable frontage, with deep reveals providing the required shading and acoustic protection. This is supplemented with operable shutters externally as well as operable windows that anticipate a noise and pollution free Oxford Street, pedestrianised and served by trams.