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Plans to transform the City of London’s oldest park have run nearly £900,000 over budget and were postponed because of delays to finishing Crossrail.
Finsbury Circus Gardens – nestled inside a circle of listed Georgian office buildings – has since 2012 been the location for a 40-metre shaft used by workers to access Crossrail tunnels.
City of London Corporation bosses also expect Crossrail to pay out £4.1m in compensation because of the knock-on effect the delay has caused.
The Corporation hopes to re-landscape the gardens and build a two-storey pavilion with a roof terrace, once crisis-hit Crossrail has finished on the site.
They were originally expected to leave the 17th Century Gardens, near Liverpool Street Station, in September last year but the Corporation has now pinned its hopes that Crossrail workers will be gone by October 2019, and that on-site work can start by March 2020.
A Corporation report said the massive delays to Crossrail have caused the Finsbury Circus project’s costs to overrun by £896,700, taking its total cost to £6.17m.
At a Projects Committee meeting on Wednesday, chairman Keith Bottomly said: “Crossrail has got to stump up its £4.1 million or more.”
Fears were also raised that the companies occupying the Circus buildings would be angered if the gardens need to be dug up again — after Crossrail finishes restoring it.
Councillor Karina Dostalova said: “I just wanted to flag the reputational risk. It’s an area where we have a lot of banks and some very high-end hotels. It’s been a development area under construction for so long that there’s a huge reputation risk if we delay it much further.”
The stations in central London for the 26-mile line may not open until 2021, nearly three years behind the original schedule.
The Finsbury Circus project also ran into trouble because the company tasked with designing the new park was sacked last year after producing a “disappointing” early draft.
Committee members decided they will look again next month to decide whether to allocate small amounts of the Corporation’s own funding to the project, which may eventually be finished by April 2021.
A spokesperson for Transport for London, which is overseeing Crossrail, said: “Compensation for use of Finsbury Circus and disruption caused by Crossrail construction at that location will be determined by the Compensation Code.
"This is a legal process and we will make no further comment.”