Greenwich Foot Tunnel to get makeover


There is nary an indie band that hasn't had a moody group shot taken inside the Greenwich Foot Tunnel at some point in their career. Those who grew up in Greenwich in the early 90s will have done well not to see posters for aspiring local rock-Gods Syntax, striking a pose against the steam punk backdrop. We Googled in vain for that shot.

But now, Greenwich.co.uk reports that the tunnel is to receive an £11.5m face lift.

The story contains no details about why the work is being done, what the changes may be or what disruption it may cause (we have written many times about the lack of river crossings on this side of town) but if it is for purely cosmetic reasons, then this would be a mistake. This article that appears elsewhere on the site is encouraging in this respect.

It may look like it's about to spring a leak at any moment it may feel horribly claustrophobic at some points, but it is iconic, characterful and should be cherished. If work needs to be done, let it be restorative and honour the current look and feel of the tunnel.

If a benefit gig needs to be arranged, we are confident that Syntax will be available at short notice.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

An £11.50 facelift?

Are they having it cladded with paper mache?

Brockley Nick said...

Haha, good spot. Lick of paint's all it needs after all!

Rob said...

Hi Nick

There's a bit more info about what the refurbishment will entail in this previous article:
http://www.greenwich.co.uk/news/council-wins-funding-for-tunnel-refurbishment/

Cheers
Rob

Monkeyboy said...

couldn't agree more. As an Engineer I like seeing the guts of a structure. I love Westminster station, it's like your wondering around inside some kind of machine. Of course LU design standards now mean that new stations are all white tiles and straight lines - functional but dull.

Lets hope they limit the renovations appropriately.

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Ratbag said...

I used to walk through the tunnel everyday to school in Greenwich. during the powercuts of the 1970's they turned off every other light. It was like walking through a giant centipede.

Sam Alps said...

You're actually supposed to get permission if you're a band and you want to do a photo shoot down the tunnel... Alternatively you just have to be quick before they come and tell you off -

http://viewmorepics.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=viewImage&friendID=17379973&albumID=51912&imageID=10685883

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