Liverpool Street Station
A message from Historic England Chief Executive, Duncan Wilson.
Historic England will object in the strongest terms to current proposals to redevelop London’s Liverpool Street Station.
Liverpool Street is one of London’s great collection of important Victorian stations and forms part of an outstanding group of historic buildings at the heart of the City of London. The proposed demolition of the sensitive 1985-92 concourse extension would sever the fine 1870s trainshed from the Victorian ensemble that still characterises this special place. The architectural harmony and heritage significance achieved by the last redevelopment would be destroyed, and the natural light over the concourse lost. The proposed tall buildings above are of grossly disproportionate scale and would trample on the station and the former Great Eastern Hotel, which is now listed at Grade II* in recognition of its role as an impressive station frontage and for its lavish interiors. Its picturesque silhouette and proper grandeur would be radically compromised by the scale and bluntness of the new structures forced onto and through it.
Liverpool Street Station is one of London’s great Victorian stations, with a distinctive and memorable character. While we recognise the need for upgrades to the site so that it can better serve the millions of people that pass through its doors, these oversized and insensitive proposals are not the right solution to the site’s issues.
We believe that this scheme is fundamentally misconceived and misses the opportunity to unlock real public benefits while also enhancing the station’s heritage. At Historic England we are in favour of development where it secures a sustainable future for our best public and private buildings. This scheme does not. We must seek a better outcome for this special place.