The campaign to Save Liverpool Street Station (LISSCA) will ask the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities, Michael Gove, to ‘call in’ plans to partially demolish Liverpool Street Station and build a tower over the grade II* former great eastern hotel and make the decision himself. The Society urges the public to sign the petition asking Sellar and Network Rail to abandon the plans. If you want to support our work fighting for heritage click here to join.
After seeing no significant changes at the latest round of consultation, LISSCA believes it is now clear that a planning application based on this will be totally unacceptable. The new tower would set such a terrible precedent for the treatment of listed buildings, conservation areas, Network Rail’s care for London’s great termini and views of St Paul’s Cathedral that this is clearly a case where the Secretary of State should intervene. The group has published a document setting out why the Scheme is so bad for heritage and London read more here.
The Victorian Society is chairing the reformed Liverpool Street Station Campaign (LISSCA) which stopped the station’s total demolition in the 1970s. The committee is comprised of SAVE Britain’s Heritage, The Twentieth Century Society, Historic Buildings & Places, The Georgian Group, The Spitalfields Trust, Civic Voice, London Historians, The Betjeman Society, The Council for British Archaeology, London and Middlesex Archaeological Society and The Victorian Society. The Victorian Society is now fundraising to cover the legal costs - please donate here.
The development is being proposed by Sellar, the developer of The Shard (2013) and Paddington Square (under construction) in London, Network Rail who own, repair and develop the railway infrastructure in England, Scotland and Wales, and MTR, a provider of railway services who have just started to run the Elizabeth Line in London. The information produced by the developer can be found here.
Photo (c) Guy Newton