A new life for Paolozzi mosaics as part of the Tottenham Court Road station expansion
Around 150,000 people use Tottenham Court Road Underground station a day, and for many years they have enjoyed the colourful exuberance of the iconic Paolazzi mosaics which were originally installed in 1986 and have become a feature of the station.
With footfall through the station expected to rise to 200,000 when Elizabeth line services begin in 2018, a huge programme of expansion has taken place at the station. This has included 3 new entrances and 1 refurbished one, the ticket hall has been increased to five times its original size, while 8 new escalators and 6 new lifts have been installed.
The Northern and Central line platforms and the rotunda have been repaired and the mosaics have been painstakingly cleaned and restored. Wherever possible Paolazzi’s original mosaic tiles have been reused, and where new tiles were required they have been colour-matched using the same process as the originals.
One of the most complex aspects of the project was the relocation of the striking mosaic panel from the former Oxford Street entrance. After consulting with conservation experts, the artwork was removed from the wall in one piece and lowered down a lift shaft to begin its new life at platform level.
Around 95% of the mosaics have been retained, and sections of arches that could not be relocated in the station were transported to the Edinburgh College of Art. Eduardo Paolozzi was a leading figure in the Pop Art movement, and his Tottenham Court Road mosaics are considered one of the most spectacular examples of post-war public art. Covering some 950m2, their vibrant designs contain references to London’s entertainment culture, commuters and urban economy.
Mark Wild, managing director of London Underground, said: “The modernisation of Tottenham Court Road was essential to ensure that the station will be able to support London’s growing population, but as we prepare for the future we are taking care not to forget our history. Paolozzi’s work is an important part of the station’s heritage, and we have worked hard to retain and restore the mosaics at Tottenham Court Road so they can continue to be enjoyed by customers.”
The Elizabeth line will open in stages between May 2017 and December 2019.
Eurostar creates astriking business lounge at Paris Gare du Nord
Eurostar has redesigned part of the top floor of the 19th century Paris Gare du Nord to create a new premier lounge for business travellers.
The lounge takes advantage of the striking architecture of the original building, including high ceilings and marble fireplaces, to create a stylish space that captures the spirit of a Parisian apartment.
A light-filled working area equipped with complimentary Wi-Fi, USB sockets and wireless chargers is complemented by a relaxing cocktail bar and lounge area.
The circular black and gold cocktail bar will be offering cocktails designed exclusively for Eurostar while fresh breakfast, lunch and dinner snacks from the open kitchen have been created in conjunction with Michelin star chef Raymond Blanc.
Network Rail chooses one facilities management service provider for 11 stations
International support services and construction group, Interserve, has been awarded a £65m contract to provide facilities management services for 11 Network Rail stations for 5 years.
The contract includes waste management services, landscaping, pest control, adverse weather management and washroom services for stations in London, Reading and Bristol.
This is the first time facilities services have been delivered by a single provider.
Under the new contract, Interserve is to introduce initiatives to improve waste recycling and new equipment to enhance standards and productivity, and will support apprenticeships, training and work experience programmes across the account.