The Spitalfields Trust has joined the reformed Liverpool Street Station Campaign ‘LISSCA’ originally set up in 1974 and chaired by John Betjemen to fight the proposals to demolish the station.
A new set of proposals are now being consulted on that represent a backward step for building conservation in this country. The scheme is for the removal of all the conservation-led restoration from the twentieth century in order to construct an overwhelming cantilevered tower that envelops the station and its adjoining hotel. Such an enormous development surely does not reflect the current needs of the City at a time when level of office use have not recovered since Covid. The proposals are still at high level and detailed plans have not yet been released.
The LISSCA committee is comprised of Save Britain’s Heritage, The Twentieth Century Society, Historic Buildings & Places, The Georgian Group, The Spitalfields Trust, Civic Voice, London Historians and The Victorian Society. The close gathering of these major voices for heritage and conservation is extremely rare and reflects how seriously they individually, and collectively, view the threat to these important buildings.