Architecture minister John Penrose has listed 16 London underground stations at Grade II and upgraded a further three stations to Grade II* status
Stations announced for listed today by the minister included: Chalk Farm, Covent Garden, Russell Square, St John’s Wood and Oxford Street.
Architecture minister John Penrose, who backed English Heritage’s listings recommendations for the 19 stations, said: ‘Millions of people pass through London’s Underground system every day, with little thought for the historic design and architectural features that are right under their nose as they hurry underground to catch their trains.
‘Tube stations are great examples of the capital’s hidden heritage. It’s testament to the forward thinking and creativity of the design of Leslie Green and Charles Tyson Yerkes who created the original Underground Electric Railways that the brand and image of the red facades remain iconic.
‘Although listing does not mean these stations will remain unchanged for all time, it does mean that any redevelopment plans will have to take the sites’ heritage value into account, which seems entirely right and will ensure the best of design is preserved for the future.’
Richard Parry of London Underground, added: ‘The Tube is undergoing a huge upgrade to its ageing infrastructure to cope with increasing demand, however whenever we modernise a station we make sure that we take care of the historical features for our customers to enjoy.
‘This might include restoring the original antique tiling or maintaining the much-loved lamps and elegant clocks at stations while at the same time installing the latest CCTV or digital display boards.’
In addition, Arnos Grove, Oakwood, and Sudbury Town, all designed by the modernist architect Charles Holden for the Piccadilly Line extension in the 1930s, will have their status upgraded to Grade II*.
Full list of stations given Grade II status:
Aldwych, Belsize Park, Brent Cross, Caledonian Road, Chalk Farm, Chesham, , Hendon Central, Oxford Circus - originally two separate stations (on the north-west corner of Argyll St and Oxford Street, and the north-east corner of Argyll St and Oxford Street including the office above), Perivale, Redbridge, Russell Square, St John’s Wood, West Acton, and Wood Green.