(Image courtesy of Crossrail)
The properties on Dean Street fronting Oxford Street and Great Chapel Street as well as those on both sides of Diadem Court were acquired by Crossrail under compulsory purchase powers and have now been demolished. They included the old Bath House pub (a listed building) which was demolished together with offices and homes.
The new development is going to reflect both the properties that have gone and a balance between this site and the Tottenham Court Road site under Westminster City Council’s policy of providing mixed use developments. Dean Street will have not only the station entrance in a newly pedestrianised Dean Street Piazza but shops at ground floor and then residential accommodation above. It is anticipated that new flats will be created on both sides of Diadem Court and will include both private and subsidised housing.
Unlike the Crossrail process itself any over station development will have to go through a full planning process requiring approval by Westminster after consultation with all the usual statutory consultees.
Although work will not be completed until 2017/2018 preliminary plans are now being put forward to allow people to have their say as the construction methodology will need to take account of the work taking place below ground.
An exhibition of the plans can be seen at Crossrail’s Visitor Centre in St Giles Circus.
To view an information sheet about the demolition works taking place at Dean Street please click here.