Southwark Underground Station | Listing Debate

Southwark Underground Station Listing Debate

A debate has arisen in the press following Historic England’s decision not to give listed status to Southwark Underground Station, designed by MJP Architects.

It is a building which has been recognised for its high architectural quality, completed in 1999. The decision may clear the way for demolition of the ticket hall to enable construction of a thirty storey tower. We designed its single storey structure to support an eleven storey building, which won planning permission but has never been built.

Our MD, Jeremy Estop, has set out our thoughts on the matter in an open letter which has been published in the architectural press.

Download JE Open Letter

It is vital that buildings of this quality are preserved; as well as being highly functional, it enriches the lives of those who pass through it every day. We also believe that empty development sites can become a blight on the townscape. If our original design for the building over the station is not going to be built, a way needs to be found to resolve both these issues.

Recent Media Coverage

C20 Society launches campaign to save Southwark Tube Station
The Twentieth Century Society | 1 August 2017

Campaigners to appeal ‘alarming’ decision not to list Southwark Tube
News | Building Design | 1 August 2017

Heritage group to appeal decision not to list Southwark Tube
Online News | Building | 1 August 2017

Big names call for rethink on Jubilee Line listing refusals
News | Architects Journal | 1 August 2017

‘Architectural masterpiece’ Southwark Tube station under threat from new skyscraper
London Evening Standard | 31 July 2017

Leading architects, writers and historians back bid to save Southwark tube station – a modern ‘architectural sensation’
Save Britain’s Heritage | 31 July 2017

Southwark station demolition: The beginning of the end for the Jubilee line?
Opinion | Building Design | 31 July 2017

Southwark tube station’s distinctive entrance faces demolition
IanVisits | Blog | 23 July 2017

Download Historic England’s Decision