Liverpool Street Station (16)

I was really disgusted by the plans to put an office block, not just alongside, but on top of Liverpool Street station. It feels like a strangely dystopian project, as if buildings of the nineteenth century can simply be ignored as tower blocks colonise the space above.

In opposing new developments, I have come to the reluctant view that public campaigns get nowhere and could even be counter-productive, because the authorities who make planning decisions are programmed to ignore them. So, the key is to lobby the two most powerful people involved: Chris Hayward who runs the City’s Policy Committee and wields great, if invisible power; and Michael Gove who is ostensibly on the side of building beautifully.

I hope the heritage authorities win.


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