The Anonymous Widower

West Hampstead Station – 12th May 2018

West Hampstead station is being rebuilt with a new entrance and a step-free footbridge.

The new station would appear to be able to handle more passengers.

This image on the BPR Architect’s web site, shows how it will look, when it opens.

The new station would appear to be able to handle more passengers.

It’s strikes me, that the design is almost a modern application of the rules, that created London Underground’s distinctive stations of the 1930s.

One of the routes I took to and from Minchenden School, involved two of the Piccadilly Line‘s iconic stations; Oakwood and Southgate. Both were designed by Charles Holden and are Grade II* listed buildings.

Those stations were and still are all about space, brickwork, glass, imaginative use of metal and clean lines, often with integrated retail units.

West Hampstead station appears similar, but the retail is more surrounding, than integrated.

Modern fabrication techniques with metal and plastics, also give the architects and designers more freedom.

I like the pierced steel cladding on the footbridge at West Hampstead station and it is probably a lot more affordable, than all the bronze used in Southgate station.

If my mother, who died a few years ago, came back and arrived at the new West Hampstead station on the London Overground, she’d only confuse it with a London Underground station.

May 12, 2018 - Posted by | Travel | , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. You went to Minchenden!? I suspect if you did then it was during the grammar school era. Suffice to say, I went a few years later 🙂

    Comment by PJS | May 12, 2018 | Reply

    • I left in 1965! I generally enjoyed my time there and got a reasonable education. They were a good bunch of teachers.

      Comment by AnonW | May 12, 2018 | Reply

  2. I was born that year 🙂 but I suspect a few teachers were still there from your time when I arrived in 77… I peaked at 16, and its been downhill ever since…

    Comment by PJS | May 12, 2018 | Reply


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