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Second entrance for Southwark Tube – and ticket hall to stay

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West London practice Acanthus Architects LW has drawn up plans for a second entrance to Southwark Tube station as Transport for London confirmed MJP Architects’ 1999 ticket office would be spared demolition

LW – one of a network of practices under the Acanthus banner – proposed a new way into the Underground station from the corner of Greet Street and Wootton Street.

Transport for London has launched a consultation on the plans, and also revealed that separate development above the station would not involve changes to the iconic ticket hall.

Concerns were raised last year when early feasibility proposals included a 30-storey oversite development, which could have spelt the end for MJP’s circular ticket hall.

But TfL property development manager Richard Ellison told the AJ this week: ‘The new entrance will ease overcrowding and take pressure off the existing ticket hall.

‘We expect to consult on plans for above the existing station in the near future, but these plans will not involve removing or changing the existing ticket hall.’

Some 17 million people use Southwark Tube station every year, and daily entries and exits have doubled every five years since 2002.

The new entrance will help manage these flows, as well as providing more direct routes to The Cut and Waterloo station. Plans include a planted roof and a community space.

Southwark station was originally designed by Richard MacCormac of MJP Architects.

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  • Very good news that the fine existing ticket hall will remain, and the new entrance looks to be an intervention up to the best standards of London Transport (sorry, TfL) architecture.
    But does the existing ticket hall risk being 'oversailed' by the plans for the office-led development on top of the existing station?
    And do architectural practices really benefit from dehumanising their names upon the retirement of the founders?

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