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St James's Park station given grade I status

14th January 2011

St James's Park Underground station and the office block above it have been granted coveted grade I listed status by the government.

The site at 55 Broadway, which is home to the 1920s tube station and London's first skyscraper, was moved from grade II to the highest listed status after a review of stations by English Heritage.

Because of its new status, St James's Park station is now considered to be as important as other iconic structures such as Windsor Castle, the Severn Bridge and 10 Downing Street.

The building was designed by architect Charles Holden and features a number of sculptures by Henry Moore and Jacob Epstein.

Hannah Parham, heritage protection advisor for English Heritage, commented: 'The next time Londoners use St James's Park station, I would encourage them to stop and pause.

'St James's Park station and the London Underground Headquarters at 55 Broadway are truly jewels in London's architectural and historic crown.'

Last month, the zebra crossing near London's Abbey Road Studios, which appeared on the front cover of The Beatles' Abbey Road album, was given grade II listed status.
 

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