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Thursday24 July 2014

Architecture minister Follett lists two 20th Century buildings

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Barbara Follett lists school and railway station at Grade II.

Architecture minister Barbara Follett has given two 20th century buildings Grade II listed status.

Lewisham Bridge School, in the London Borough of Lewisham, was put forward for listing in response to a planning application which proposes replacing the building with a new school.

The school was built in 1914 using designs by the London County Council (LCC) architects department, then run by J Rogers Stark.

An interior of the first floor

In its supporting documents, English Heritage said that the tiled interior of the school, which retains many of its original fittings, compensated for a 1970’s addition that had replaced one of the school’s original entrances.

EH called the school “a vital link between the Victorian board schools and the more child-centred learning environments of the inter- and post-war years.”

Interior view of first floor classroom
Interior view of first floor classroom

Commenting on the listing, the DCMS said: “Lewisham Bridge School was the capital's response to changes in educational planning, represented by its well surviving plan and interior with subtle qualities of light and numerous original fittings. The exterior possesses an architectural elegance that aligns it with other LCC architecture of the period.

“For these reasons, and despite the alterations to one of the entrances, it merits listing at Grade II.”

The DCMS also granted Broxbourne railway station in Hertfordshire Grade II listed status.

South African architect Peter Rainiers designed the building in 1961 when the station was rebuilt and re-sited as part of the electrification of the Liverpool Street to Bishops Stortford railway line.


Rainiers was working under John Ward, architect of the listed Barking Station.

The DCMS said that the building was one of the most “powerfully composed stations of the post-war period”. The listing covers the station itself as well as the footbridge and both platforms.

Broxbourne is set to host the canoe slalom events for the London 2012 Olympics.

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  • I'm glad Lewisham is getting the attention from English Heritage and the DCMS that it deserves, listing this fine school, some of the Honor Oak prefabs and the Victorian property next to the Forest Hill Baths (but why on earth not the Baths themselves? - stupid decision). Lewisham Council is a bunch of philastines that are prepared to sacrifice any heritage for the sake of cheap noddy housing that will be slums within 20 years.

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  • Good to see a railway station being protected - modern railway architecture is still under-represented in the list. It would be good if Stafford Station, for example -rejected a few years ago, I think - could be revisited before it gets spoiled. The layout looks similar to Broxbourne, though it's bigger and a purer (yet very user-friendly) example of 'brutalism'.

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  • It will be interesting to see how Lewisham respond to this. I wouldn't be too surprised if they do everything they can to see the building demolished anyway - they are pretty intent on getting the new school built, which is certainly desperately needed in Lewisham. I have wondered if there might be scope to retain an element of the original building in the new school, though the proposals are pretty ambitious - a 3-16 all age school, and there is a lot to fit on to a small site.

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  • I am a parent at Lewisham Bridge Primary School and have been part of a campaign to save the school and to stop the plans for a 3-16 school. It is far too small a site for the proposed expansion and in any case it completely destroys the very ethos that the school was founded on, i.e. child-centred learning, something that this council is determined to move away from. If you are local to Lewisham and want to get involved in the campaign to save the school please contact us at http://defendeducationlewisham.wordpress.com

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  • Excellent news about Broxbourne station, our students have been surveying and modelling this brutalist gem as part of a set of precedent studies of railway stations from different eras. We had thought its days were numbered..... http://www.londonmet.ac.uk/architecture/courses/undergraduate/studios/studio5/200809.cfm

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  • If Lewisham Bridge is such a marvelous building why wait till the last minute to apply for listing? This building was originally considered as a site for a new school in November 2002. It seems a group of people who in their petty political power struggles have not won the case on eductional values but on the merits of a dark unwelcoming building unsuitable for modern teaching. A sad day for the children of Lewisham and an expensive day for the people of Lewisham.

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  • Daniel I am sorry that you think that this is a sad day for the children of Lewisham Bridge. In actual fact we have fought long and hard in this battle to save the school from being destroyed and turned into a 3-16 school. We have consistently argued and continue to do so that this plan would never work. Why? Because the site is too small. Children will lose valuable playground space. Second we always argued against Leathersellers being given the school. Why? Becasue they are an unaccountable body. Parents will have no control over their decisions. When the school is under the control of the local authority we at least have the chance of using the powerof our vote. We made the application to EH but we stand by all our other arguments against Lewisham's proposal. It is a plan which is divisive and only serves the interests of Leathersellers and the PFI companies who will build the new school.

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