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Thursday, 10 February 2011

Endangered Art

Tottenahm Court tube station is about to undergo the next stage of redevelopment as part of the new cross rail work. The tiling created in the last renovation may be destroyed in the process.
An extract from TFL's site telling us the disruption we can expect here:

To enable the Bond Street station upgrade to get underway, Oxford Street will be closed eastbound between Duke Street and Vere Street for utility works from 14 February for nine months and several bus routes will be on diversion. From April, for eight months, the Northern line won’t stop at Tottenham Court Road station so that major structural works can take place in the platform tunnels. The Central line will continue to serve the station as normal.

You may like to revisit a post I did on this station last April

12 comments:

jabblog said...

It would be a shame if that colourful tiling were to be destroyed.

biebkriebels said...

What a shame to destroy all the art. Would it look better afterwords? The closing of the stations is also bad.

Emm said...

Oh no! I love the tiling there and must make time to photograph it myself before it is gone.

Luis Gomez said...

That's a great tiling!

Sharon said...

It would be a shame to lose that beautiful tile work.

RedPat said...

That's terrible - it looks so interesting and bright!

Dave said...

Great shot as the lines of the floor tiles and the tunnel really draw you into the picture.

H said...

I love that artwork! A tube station needs something bright and striking to make it even vaguely attractive!

PhotoPuddle said...

Oh no. That is such a shame :-(

Karine said...

It would be such a shame to lose all that art!!! I hope they find a way to save it!

Jill said...

cool! love it

IleDuLevant said...

If you are wondering about their future, here is a London Underground statement on the Paolozzi murals:

“London Underground highly values the Paolozzi mosaics within Tottenham Court Road Underground station, and alongside the Tube’s ‘Art on the Underground’ programme, we have been working closely with the Paolozzi Foundation as the Tottenham Court Road upgrade progresses. We are taking great care to protect and preserve these wonderful mosaics as we upgrade Tottenham Court Road station.

"As part of the upgrade of the station, major engineering works are required in the platform tunnels to strengthen them before new passageways are dug. This will mean that some sections of existing mosaic tiles will have to be carefully removed and reinstated once the tunnelling work is finished. Where small sections do have to be permanently removed from their current location, they will be preserved with the aim of being used elsewhere on the station in the future.”

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