Freeing 55 Broadway
Originally designed by Charles Holden and completed in 1929, the distinctive Portland stone faced building features many art deco elements. The ‘kite-shaped’ footprint rises to a cruciform plan that steps back toward the square clock tower at the top.
The building is also recognised for ‘the four winds’, eight avant-garde reliefs that embellish the sixth floor parapet by renowned sculptors including Eric Gill and Henry Moore. The redesign will incorporate a mix of affordable, social and private housing as well as improved retail units and some retained office space. The demolition of the adjoining building, 100 Petty France, will provide a new entrance court, creating a natural separation of the residential area from the station entrance and retail space.
"Broadway was approved last night at committee, and it is already causing a stir within the press and industry. I wanted to say thank you for sticking to the task, and achieving such a quality permission within a very short timeframe."Peter Elliott - Transport for London
Reinstating Holden’s design
The direct route from Victoria Street through to the St James’s Park ticket hall will be re-established, with a resulting increase in amount and quality of the retail space. The new courtyard will also allow views of two of the ‘winds’ series of sculptures, that help make the building so memorable.