Lewisham Station's historic features in jeopardy

BCer Joe writes:

A notice about the partial demolition of Lewisham Station has been put up. They are planning to open up space between platforms by demolishing existing walls to make way for a new seating area, expanding the old ticket hall between platforms 2 and 3. Worryingly, no-one at customer services could tell me any more about it.

There are not any historic buildings left nearby. South Eastern should consult with passengers about its plans before spending money. The damage to the historic fabric of the 1859 building should be offset by moves such as removing the 60s false ceiling in the main hall to expose the original cornicing underneath and removing the television screens which disfigure the symmetry of the fa├žade. The station has the potential to be a real gem if properly looked after.

It would be good if other locals got in contact with South Eastern asking for more information and registering their concern [BC will ask them for a statement].

11 comments:

Tyrwhitt Michael said...

If it's not of any architectural merit, it's better to bulldoze the old and replace it with something new. Discuss.

Guest said...

I am all for keeping historical buildings, but that particular station isn't fit for modern use. Just raze it down and start over.

victorian style said...

That decorative facia looks worth restoring.


http://www.ideal-homes.org.uk/lewisham/assets/galleries/lewisham/lewisham-station



It would be a counter-blast to the oppressive rectangles that pervade the design of the surrounding buildings.

JosephJohnODonnell said...

What are you basing that on? In any event proper consultation with the community should come first. It's run down now but could be great.

Anon said...

Is renovating the railway bridge from the station to Ladywell/Hither Green part of the scheme? From both sides of it now sticks out like a sore thumb, possibly remove the hoardings that cover the brickwork?

JosephJohnODonnell said...

I doubt it. I asked Railtrack about the state of Lewisham bridges a few years ago: No plans.

bobblekin said...

I'm tempted to say who cares about the stations when its becoming impossible to even board a train some days. But actually the overcrowding is so bad it might be impossible to deboard the train sooner or later. I've seen a few frantic moments at lewisham and peckam rye recently where people almost couldn't fit onto the platform. Pretty dangerous actually.

Chris Wheal said...

Another vote for knocking it down an building something that works (unlike the modern bit of the station currently). More of the station needs to be covered and protected from the rain so people will use the full length of the platforms in all weathers.

JosephJohnODonnell said...

It might have helped if SE hadn't demolished the canopy on platform 4 for example. Nothing to stop a longer canopy on extended platforms. But their partial destruction of the station building won't solve these problems. In fact if they consulted people could tell them that they wanted covered platforms more than demolition.

Catford Saint said...

A real gem? The main entrance is tiny, the platforms are very narrow and mostly uncovered; customer information in the entrance via TV size screens stuck high up up on a wall. At some points access to and from carriages means stepping over large gaps between the platform and the train. The station needs major investment.

JosephJohnODonnell said...

These things would not be addressed. Consultation is necessary

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