Station upgrade and 313 homes set for Colindale

This month marks the start of preparatory works that will enable the improvements at the North London tube station, which has seen an 88% increase in passenger numbers in the decade before the pandemic.

Works to the station on the Edgware branch on the Northern Line will see; a new ticket hall, a lift for step-free access from the street to the platform level, and passive provision for residential lead development to either side of the station.

As part of the wider redevelopment of Colindale, substantial investment has been secured by the Council for new and improved infrastructure in the area. This includes a £ 16 million (S106) contribution towards the delivery of an upgraded Colindale Underground Station.

The first phase will see the permanent closure of the car park at the rear of the station, with a blockade of the Northern Line between Golders Green and Edgware set from April 2 – 11 to enable works that can’t take place whilst the tube line is operational.

Rendering of the new ticket hall, that would be delivered as part of the approved works.

Considerable new housing development has taken place in the immediate vicinity and streets surrounding the Site take the form of flatted development in buildings extending to 24 storeys at the highest, with the majority being between 7 and 12 storeys in height.

The housing which predates the designation of Colindale as an Opportunity Area comprises a mixture of inter-war housing in the form of two-storey semi-detached properties and mid to late twentieth-century, two-storey terraced properties.

The upgrades to Colindale Station form part of a hybrid planning application that was approved in early 2020 by Barnet Council.

The outline segment has permission for three new buildings, of which two are set to provide at most 313 new homes with the tallest residential building located to the west of the station for up to 28 storeys stepping down to the east.

The high-rise twin towers set for Colindale, image credit, from the planning application.

For the high-rise homes to be built, detailed/reserved matters planning permission will need to be obtained from the relevant planning authorities to enable development can proceed.

Transport for London is the applicant behind the hybird application (station upgrade and eventual new homes).

BDP and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins were appointed to produce proposals for the upgrade of Colindale Station. SOM Architects was appointed for the development of the outline of the residential segment.

Finally, whilst the detailed programme for the next stages of work is still being finalised, Colindale Station will be temporarily closed from summer 2024 until the end of autumn this year to compress the timeline of building works.