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Historic London buildings set for demolition under Crossrail 2 plans

Imposing buildings in Victoria, off Oxford Street and Wimbledon are among those which may be lost. The public has until Friday 8 January 2016 to examine maps of the areas under threat and respond to the consultation.

Curved Victorian block and Shakespeare pub opposite Victoria Station some of the buildings set for demolition.

The Victorian Society is concerned about Crossrail 2 plans which would see numerous historic buildings across London demolished. Imposing buildings in Victoria, off Oxford Street and Wimbledon are among those which may be lost. The public has until Friday 8 January 2016 to examine maps of the areas under threat and respond to the consultation.

Christopher Costelloe, Victorian Society Director, said: ‘The Society appreciates that Crossrail 2’s huge advantages for London cannot be achieved without demolishing some buildings. However, every effort must be made to use those sites which would minimise Crossrail 2’s impact on London’s unique and historic environment. Our suggestions would ensure that Crossrail 2 brings people to places that are distinctive and that retain their best historic buildings.’

Crossrail 2 is a huge project which will allow up to 270,000 more people to travel into London at peak times by connecting existing rail networks in Surrey with those in Hertfordshire - requiring new tunnels and stations across central London. The Society hopes that focusing attention on threatened buildings now will mean that Crossrail 2 preserves as many historic buildings as possible. This could be achieved by moving some proposed sites to locations of less architectural significance, or by modifying the sites to exclude certain buildings. Londoners should examine the maps of the proposed sites closely to see how plans will affect the areas they care about.

The Victorian Society is urging Crossrail 2 to examine the feasibility of retaining the following buildings:

  • Victoria: An entire late 19th century hotel/apartment building which curves along 193-207 Victoria Street and 91-99 Buckingham Palace Road and includes the Shakespeare pub. The block is very important for the townscape in Victoria which has already seen much demolition. Losing the block would negatively affect the setting of listed Victoria Station opposite.
  • Tottenham Court Road: ‘Site A’ at Rathbone Place sits within the Hanway Street Conservation Area and contains a Grade II listed 1909 building by H. Percy Adams on corner of Rathbone Place and Oxford Street. 11 Rathbone Place is a Grade II-listed 18th Century building with a mid-19th century front and shopfront. The Black Horse pub and numbers 9 and 14-18 are all unlisted but handsome historic buildings worthy of saving.
  • Wimbledon: The Victorian block at Site C contains the landmark Prince of Wales pub, dating from 1867. Site D contains a Grade II listed 1904 former fire station by Charles Hanlet Cooper and a former church now housing a branch of Boots.
  • Angel Islington: Site B contains the locally listed Three Johns pub on White Lion Street rebuilt in 1899–1901 for Watney Combe Reid & Co. Could this small corner of the site be spared demolition?
  • Euston: Site B would see the loss of a long early 19th century terrace including the Grade II listed 64 Eversholt Street - the only listed building in the terrace – with an attractive 19th-century shopfront.
  • Dalston: Site C would entail the loss of a block of handsome Victorian buildings including the locally listed NatWest Bank building of 1891 by Horace Cheston, RIBA. Could the site be moved to cover the Kingsland Shopping Centre which has been mooted and which is of no architectural value?

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