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The Light sees light at end of the tunnel in fight to stop bulldozers

PUBLISHED: 01:47 30 January 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 05 October 2010

Saved... Victorian railway power station in Shoreditch

Saved... Victorian railway power station in Shoreditch

ONE of London’s historic Victorian railway buildings has been saved from the bulldozers. The Light bar housed in an old Victorian electric generating station next to the main-line into Liverpool Street station is being included in the Shoreditch conservation area

By Mike Brooke

ONE of London’s historic Victorian railway buildings has been saved from the bulldozers.

The Light bar housed in an old Victorian electric generating station next to the main-line into Liverpool Street station is being included in the Shoreditch conservation area.

The move has been welcomed by the Victorian Society which has been campaigning since the summer to stop developers tearing down the two-storey redbrick structure at the beginning of Shoreditch High Street in East London.

It was going to be part of a 51-storey skyscraper office and housing development.

But Hackney council has agreed to include it in the conservation area.

“Now it cannot be demolished without consent from the local authority,” said the Victorian Society’s conservation adviser Heloise Brown.

“Any application has to enhance the character of the area. It is hard to see how demolishing such an attractive piece of industrial heritage could possibly enhance Shoreditch High Street.”

The move is a blow for the Hammerson developers, whose scheme designed by Lord Foster includes one of London’s tallest tower blocks and 600,000sq ft of housing, offices, shops and public spaces.

The £500 million complex has been vigorously opposed by families and the artists’ community in Shoreditch and neighbouring Spitalfields who don’t want the historic townscape destroyed.


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