Eight storey development sits above the Fisher Street shaft

Crossrail has received planning permission for its HOK-designed eight storey development on Fisher street in London.

The 30,000sqft residential scheme will sit above the Fisher Street shaft, which provides access and ventilation to the below ground Crossrail tunnels.

Crossrail is yet to appoint a development partner to handle the development of the site, but will start looking for one in the first half of 2014.

The site itself is likely to prove an attractive development prospect as it sits close to the West End, the British Museum and the conservation areas of Bloomsbury and Kingsway.

Ian Lindsay, Crossrail’s land and property director, said he was “very pleased” to have achieved planning consent.

He added: “Building above the Fisher Street site is part of our strategy to regenerate areas all along the line and capture the value presented by the creation of Crossrail. It should be an attractive site for developers and ultimately a very attractive place to live in the middle of one of the world’s greatest cities.”