Southwark Underground Station, London

Sir Richard MacCormac of MJP Architects
Date Built
Opened on 20 November 1999
Corner of Blackfriars Road and The Cut
Southwark Underground Station, on the Jubilee Line, occupies a cramped corner site across from the Palestra building that is the new headquarters of London Underground.    The station was one of those added when the Jubilee line was extended to Stratford, providing access to Canary Wharf, and completed in time to link up with the Millennium Dome. 

The London SE1 community website ran a story on March 2, 20015 outlining plans for, " ...  a 'landmark development' above and around Southwark Tube Station on the corner of The Cut and Blackfriars Road."  The article added that, "... The development site will combine three sites: Algarve House on Joan Street, adjacent land owned by TfL including the air space above Southwark Underground Station and further land around the station owned by Southwark Council.  In a statement, Development Securities said that the site 'offers huge potential for a significant residential-led mixed-use regeneration of c.225,000 sq. ft. that would reposition this corner of Blackfriars Road to create a new landmark development'."

The stations along the Jubilee Line Extension were radically different from earlier ones built for London Underground.  They were characterized by spacious platforms and full-height platform screen doors.  At Southwark, Bermonsey and Canada Water the design allowed as much natural light as possible to reach down towards the platforms. 

Metal clad tunnels provide access between the concourse and the platforms.