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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

Name: PICCADILLY CIRCUS UNDERGROUND STATION BOOKING HALL CONCOURSE AND BRONZEWORK TO PAVEMENT SUBWAY ENTRANCES

List entry Number: 1226877

Location

PICCADILLY CIRCUS UNDERGROUND STATION BOOKING HALL CONCOURSE AND BRONZEWORK TO PAVEMENT SUBWAY ENTRANCES, PICCADILLY CIRCUS W1

The building may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

County District District Type Parish
Greater London AuthorityCity of WestminsterLondon Borough

National Park: Not applicable to this List entry.

Grade: II

Date first listed: 07-Mar-1984

Date of most recent amendment: Not applicable to this List entry.

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Legacy System: LBS

UID: 424376

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History

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Details

TQ 2980 PICCADILLY CIRCUS W1 Piccadilly Circus Underground 1900/71/74 station booking hall concourse and bronzework to pavement 07-03-84 subway entrances

GV II

London Underground Station. 1906, rebuilt 1925-8 to the designs of Charles Holden. Reinforced concrete, the concourse areas and access subways clad in travertine. The subway entrances on the pavement are framed by bronzed balustered railings with fishscale mouldings and ball finials, with panelled bronze lampstandards with polygonal, finialed bronzed cased lamps, supporting illuminated London Transport emblem as overthrow.

There are four subways. Subway No. 1 with renewed travertine laid vertically. The other subways retain many original features. Subway No.2, with two debouchements, has travertine walls and slight moulded cornice. It has a central downward tapered grained timber column with a bronze capital and brass banding. Between the two debouchements are two shopfronts, set either side of modern entrance. Subway with bronze poster boards. Directional signs to "TRAINS", with three feathers. Subway No. 3 has travertine-lined walls with central travertine-lined square columns, and Subway 4 also has travertine walls. Both have bronze posterboards.

Central concourse is circular, with access to platforms from escalator hall placed in the middle. Unfilled travertine-lined walls, with small cornice moulding. There are two lines of columns, of red scagliola with brass bands, and with bronze capitals incorporating hanging lantern fittings. There are original directional signs incorporated in the walls, over bronze panels. Original shopfronts. Particularly handsome are the shopfronts in the centre of the drum, set behind inner row of columns and with fluted bottom panel. A feature of the central drum is a map of the world's timezones.

Travertine concourse extends to top of escalator shafts, with central fluted column bearing a clock. A panel records the opening of the station by the Mayor of Westminster, Vivian B Rogers, on 10 December 1928. The double escalator hall gives a clear plan to the two platforms.

This was designed as the fulcrum of the Underground system, demonstrating a new approach to clear planning in a clean, modern idiom which is nevertheless richly detailed.

Sources Laurence Menear, London's Underground Stations, 1985 David Lawrence, Underground London, 1994



Listing NGR: TQ2953580608

Selected Sources

  1. Book  Reference - Author: Lawrence, D - Title: Underground London - Date: 1994
  2. Book  Reference - Author: Douglas, H - Title: The Underground Story
  3. Book  Reference - Author: Menear, L - Title: Londons Underground Stations - Date: 1985
  4. Book  Reference - Author: Rosmusson - Title: London the Unique City
  5. Article  Reference - Title: 27 September - Date: 1929 - Journal Title: The Builder

National Grid Reference: TQ 29535 80608

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