I have now realised why I had not known about the scale of the planned redevelopment of Liverpool Street Station – that is, images of the plans have only just been published and put on display at the hotel next door for all of two days, for purposes of public consultation. They show the scale of the scheme by making the tower blocks transparent, which feels a touch disingenuous. They presumably won’t be transparent when they are built:-
The people who have done the CGI’s have gone to great lengths to make it all look clean and glitzy:-
It is described by James Sellar, the developer, as ‘having a touch of Victorian ambition about it’.
Of course, what it really does is abolish the Victorian character of the surviving station and adjacent hotel and replace it with a dream of twenty-first century commercialism.