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Paticas reveals revised war memorial designs

New tube station memorial designs unveiled to commemorate Second World War victims

Paticas Architecture has revealed images of its revised memorial for Bethnal Green tube station in London, honouring the 173 people who lost their lives there during the Second World War.

The practice originally intended to build the Stairway to Heaven Memorial over the stairwell where nearly 200 Londoners were crushed to death rushing for cover from the Blitz in 1943.

However, the future of the scheme was thrown into doubt last year when London Underground (LUL) raised health and safety concerns about the proposed ‘upside down’ stairs overhanging the station entrance.

But the design has since been amended and will now stand away from the station in the neighbouring park. It has received full planning permission from Tower Hamlets Borough Council.

Architect Harry Paticas said: ‘[The redesigned] hollowed-out interior of the memorial adds a new dynamic to the experience.

‘For visitors, the apparently solid and monumental staircase will open up above people's heads as they enter the space to reveal a void filled with 173 scattered holes of light in the canopy of the stairway.’

But fundraisers are still short of the £650,000 target needed to build the structure and are appealing for donations.

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