The fall and (possible) rise of the Centre Point fountains
The Grade-II listed Centre Point fountains may be about to vanish from the nightmarish central London junction, but don’t rule out a reappearance elsewhere
The erratic water feature at the base of the famous Richard Seifert-designed tower is to be removed, and replaced by ventilation shafts and a Stanton Williams-designed underground entrance, as part of Crossrail’s massive revamp of Tottenham Court Road station.
Contrary to reports elsewhere, Astragal has learned that the fountains (built in 1963) will not be demolished but carefully lifted from their current home and put into storage.
What’s more, a gaggle of groups around the capital are now vying to persuade Crossrail to allow them to take the fountains and re-erect them.
King’s Cross Station and Hawley Wharf in Camden Town have already been mooted, but the frontrunner appears to be Whitestone Pond, near Jack Straw’s Castle next to Hampstead Heath.
The fountain’s designer, German-born artist Jupp Dernbach-Mayen was a Hampstead resident and the pond is set to be revamped in time for the London 2012 Olympics.
Meanwhile, a Crossrail insider jokingly suggested the ‘knackered’ old fountains may be put on Ebay. Prepare to get your bids in, concrete lovers…