by Jeff Smith
https://amp.theguardian.com/culture/202 ... et-station
Griff Rhys Jones is leading a coalition of conservationists against what he describes as plans to “smother” Liverpool Street station under 109 metres (350ft) of new offices, shops and a hotel.
The comedian, writer and broadcaster has been appointed president of the revived Liverpool Street Station Campaign (Lissca), a post held in the 1970s by the then poet laureate Sir John Betjeman when he led a successful crusade against plans to demolish the station.
The developers, including Network Rail and Sellar – which were both behind London’s Shard, say the scheme will protect and showcase the Grade II-listed station and Grade II*-listed former Great Eastern hotel next door.
Rhys Jones, however, said this was “nonsense”. Speaking from the hotel, he said: “They can’t enhance this environment by sticking a giant hat straight on top of it. It’s like putting a giant clown’s hat on top of St Paul’s Cathedral.”