Southwark Tube station redevelopment: Jubilee line architects call for assurances from Karen Bradley as Transport for London plans demolition for 30-storey skyscraper

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Developers are planning to build a skyscraper on Southwark Tube station (Source: Mike Quinn Creative Commons)

Developers are considering demolishing part of Southwark station to make way for a new skyscraper on the south bank - and top architects are not happy about the plans.

The group of designers are calling on culture secretary Karen Bradley to step in and identify which of the station designs along the Jubilee line are worth saving after the award-winning design at Southwark was rejected for listed status by Historic England.

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The plans are part of Transport for London's aim to generate revenue from the land it holds as it becomes self-sufficient after the loss of government funding.

Southwark's circular shape and sunken ticket hall face being rebuilt as developers eye building a 30-storey skyscraper in the highly desirable area close to Blackfriars bridge.

The station was built by Sir Richard MacCormac and opened in 1999. It was originally built with the option for an 11-storey building to be built above it.

Now, architects who designed stations along the Jubilee line such as North Greenwich, Westminster and Stratford, are seeking assurances over their future.

In a letter to The Times, they said:

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As architectural writers who welcomed the new stations when they opened, and as architects of the stations themselves, we call on Karen Bradley, the culture secretary, to carry out a survey of the Jubilee Line, assessing which of the recent stations should be preserved and celebrated as architectural masterpieces for future generations to enjoy.

Signatories include Will Alsop, whose firm Alsop, Lyall and Stormer built North Greenwich, Michael and Patty Hopkins, the designers behind Westminster station, Ian Ritchie, the architect behind Bermondsey station and Chris Wilkinson and Jim Eyre, the pair who designed Stratford station.

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