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 Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Tube geek (43) Urban design
Thanks to the foresight of its management, the London Underground is blessed with a portfolio of outstanding architecture. That tradition continues today under the auspices of TfL's Urban Design Team, whose responsibilities cross all aspects of heritage and streetscape. They also have a rather fascinating website where some of the finer points of TfL design are explained. One section contains Design Guidance, including such delights as Signage and the customer journey and various Line Design Features. Another, larger, section is the Heritage Library. Here you can search all of the Underground's heritage stations, with a separate page detailing each. TfL looks after approximately 70 listed stations, which is about a quarter of all those on the network. Most of these are Grade II listed, but a handful rather more special than that...
Grade II* listed: Arnos Grove, Baker Street, Southgate, Sudbury Town, Oakwood
Grade I listed: St James's Park
The website also includes a breakdown of TfL's listed stations by line (here are the top three)
1) Piccadilly (34)
2) Northern (14)
3) District (13)
...and by architect (here are the top three)
1) Charles Holden (26)
2) Leslie Green (11)
3) Charles Walter Clark (7)
I'll leave you with the complete A-Z inventory of TfL's heritage assets to be flicking through. That's your afternoon gone.

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