A group of leading historians, writers and architects is urging the Secretary of State for Culture Karen Bradley to assess the architectural quality of 11 modern Jubilee Line tube stations – all opened to critical acclaim in 1999 - including Southwark which was recently refused listing.
In a letter published in The Times on Monday, nine architects, writers and historians, including Marcus Binney, SAVE's Executive President and former Times architecture critic, describe the new Jubilee stations, as ‘the biggest architectural sensation of their kind since the Moscow Underground’.
Southwark Station, designed by MacCormac, Jamieson, Pritchard architects (partner in charge Richard MacCormac), won an RIBA bronze medal in 2000 and a special British Construction Industry Award for Architectural and Engineering Excellence in Public Transport.
The letter states: “The 11 stations were commissioned by Roland Paoletti, soon after he completed the impressive new Metro in Hong Kong. He chose a group of talented architects both established and at the beginning of their careers. It was one of the best examples of public sector patronage of our time.”
The letter is signed by Will Alsop (North Greenwich); Michael and Patty Hopkins (Westminster); Ian Ritchie (Bermondsey); Chris Wilkinson & Jim Eyre (Stratford) Marcus Binney; Ken Powell; and Jonathan Glancey.
They are calling on Karen Bradley to assess the group value of all the modern Jubilee Line stations – and to review the recent decision not to list Southwark.