Congested city treasure
Fenchurch Street station is a hidden gem within the boundary of the City of London. Concealed from view, the Grade II listed station is part of an urban area with a rich and dynamic character, evolved over centuries and packed with historic monuments and iconic 20th century towers. The station stands in front of a congested open space which is part pedestrianised and part taxi rank.
Fenchurch Street is one of the smallest railway termini in London but one of the most intensively operated, with trains running to many destinations in East London and South Essex. It has no direct interchange with the London underground but is close to Tower Hill tube station and Tower Gateway on the DLR. c2c/Trenitalia run services until 2029 and there is the ambition to increase station capacity from 20 trains per hour to 24
A new station square
Our vision will create a new destination, merging the square with the station, retaining the unique spirit and sense of place in this very special part of the City.
The increased public realm makes the space much more flexible, able to serve as a lunchtime retreat as well as a venue for business meetings.
New shops and restaurants will offer a curated tenants mix for a fuller customer experience and maximising revenue for c2c. Reconfiguring the retail spaces creates a larger space on the ground floor which merges in the square. On the first floor, a continuous ribbon of frameless shop fronts replace the existing shop windows. This creates an adaptable break out space with tables in between the units and opens up a spectacular view of Fenchurch Place and its iconic buildings. A new retail link will also be created with nearby Leadenhall Market.
Reintroducing and maximizing natural light inside the building will have the added benefit of reinstating the station’s original external appearance.