Historic Tiling at Arsenal Tube Sation

MQT on 2006-11-18
Session date: 
November 18, 2006
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


Why has the refurbishment of Arsenal tube station involved ripping out and discarding all the beautiful original tiles lining the foot tunnel and eastbound platform? Is there any environmental assessment of the refurbishment program to ensure that materials are preserved, reused or recycled?"


Answer for Historic Tiling at Arsenal Tube Sation

Answer for Historic Tiling at Arsenal Tube Sation

Answered By: 
The Mayor

London Underground has worked closely with English Heritage and the local authority (London Borough of Islington in this case) on the decision to replace the tiles at Arsenal, as it does on all decisions of this nature. There were two primary reasons for the replacement of tiles:1. The original tiling at Arsenal was in very poor condition, having been poorly repaired in the past and left to degrade over a period of time through general wear and tear, water ingress and poor maintenance2. The patch-repair of tiling undertaken previously at Turnpike Lane (a Grade II Listed building) had resulted in an unsatisfactory finish. LU had hoped to retain at least one panel of original tiling on each platform but, disappointingly, the tiles at Arsenal were so damaged this was not possible. Furthermore, the tiles are in such poor condition, or have such large amounts of mortar still attached, that they are unable to be used elsewhere or be recycled.