The Twentieth Century Society has submitted a bid to list Foster + Partners’ North Greenwich Interchange in an attempt to save it from demolition
The 1998 interchange building is set to be demolished as part of Spanish architect and engineer Santiago Calatrava’s £1 billion proposal for London’s Greenwich Peninsula.
Calatrava’s 130,000m2 development – which will be his first project in London – involves replacing the Foster-designed arrival hall with a towering winter garden where visitors will emerge into a 24m-tall, 152m-long galleria of slender columns, forming an avenue supporting a glass canopy.
The development is set to be submitted for planning later this year with the hope of completing by 2023, but this could come unstuck if the listing application is successful.
The society submitted an application for the interchange building and the associated underground station – designed by Alsop, Lyall and Stormer – to be granted Grade II*-listed status.
Tess Pinto, conservation adviser at the society, commented: ‘The Jubilee Line Extension is a remarkable synthesis of architecture and engineering, and is the arguably the finest infrastructure built in London since the 1930s. Each station is a variation on a theme, and together they form a connected whole. Foster’s wavy bus interchange here is the icing on the cake. They are not only exceptional architecturally speaking, but they are totally fit for purpose and barely 20 years old. To lose them would be an incredible shame.
‘There isn’t much really good 20th century architecture in the area, and we feel very strongly that the best of what there is should be retained, and any new schemes should work around what is there.’
Source: Ben Blossom
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