Westminster Council has given permission for London Transport’s iconic headquarters building to be converted into flats. Permission was granted yesterday at the Planning Applications Committee meeting.

When it opened, 55 Broadway was the tallest office building in London, and won the RIBA London Architecture Medal in 1929.

A recent change to the planning application will see some office space retained, but the rest is to be turned into flats, and the ground floor returned to its original layout.

The approved plan details the delivery of 23.5 per cent of affordable and social housing, which TfL notes includes family-sized homes, and while that is one of the highest ratios in the area, it falls short of the council’s own target of 25 per cent social housing.

The proposed scheme involves 89 units within 55 Broadway, as well as 35 affordable units in the adjoining Wing-Over Station — which is not part of the main building, but off to one side. It will also be further separated following the conversion by the demolition of the office block that currently sits between the two sites.

An indication of the sorts of people expected to live in the main block can be inferred from the provision of valet parking.

The plans will however enable TfL to maintain the heritage of the building and reinstate Charles Holden’s original design for the ground floor. The redevelopment will also increase the amount of retail space at St James’s Park Tube station.


The removal of 100 Petty France also opens up the area around the side of the building which should help the original 55 Broadway stand out a bit more.

Charles Holden designed the building between 1927 and 1929, and it was constructed as a new headquarters for the Underground Electric Railways Company of London (UERL), the main forerunner of London Underground.

The redevelopment is part of TfL’s wider commercial plans. In January 2015, TfL launched a tender process to identify a number of property development partners to work with on 50+ sites across London. In March of this year, TfL received over 50 responses from a broad range of property companies. TfL has now shortlisted 16 companies and they will undergo further evaluation and a select number will be invited to submit final tenders.


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  1. Simon says:

    Such a shame to lose this as a headquarters, been to a few meetings there over the years and love the building inside and out.

    I guess this is better than it being demolished and something new put up instead.

  2. GT says:

    I too, am a member of a group which is privileged to be able to use some of the superb meeting rooms.
    We will be sad to move out.

  3. Anna Dance says:

    I worked in 55 Broadway from 1964 to 1969. I know that I did not appreciate the building enough at the time, well as a member of the staff I would not have done. It was where I worked. I am glad it is not going to be demolished but at the same time such a shame to turn it into “Flats” and dare I say for the “Rich”. I wish I had the money to put in an offer. I recently had a Tour and hope to go again as it was raining so much that day and the photos taken from the roof tops appear to be rather gloomy and not very bright. It is an iconic building and I have fond memories of my short time working there.

  4. Jennifer Rees says:

    I worked there from 1969 to 1985 – some of the time in Wing over Station and most of the time on the 2nd Floor in the Railway Operating Department. I would be sad to see it no longer being used as LT HQ but times move on and at least the building is to be retained. Funny to see that Wing over Station is to be used as Affordable Housing – I wonder why it’s not the other way round LOL. Wing over Station was really dingy when I worked there as a 16-year-old typist. Green and cream paint and tatty lino on the floor, old-fashioned manual typewriters and chairs that gave me a bruise in the small of my back.

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