North Greenwich Tube Station is Getting a New Name

By Holly Brockwell on at

The tube station by The O2 arena is being renamed in 2020, but not to acknowledge that it's the best place to disembark if you're going to see One Direction live. It's being named after a ridiculously fancypants new billion-pound building springing up next door.

The Metro reports that Peninsula Place will be under construction for the next three years during which time the station will stay open, which is a relief because it's an absolute 'mare getting to and from gigs when it's shut. Or the Jubilee is down. Or there's a tube strike. Again.

The three-pronged building - for which Gizmodo is championing the nickname 'The Claw' - has been designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, whose previous projects include the Turning Torso skyscraper in Sweden and the Museum of Tomorrow in Rio de Janeiro.

According to The Architects' Journal:

The architect’s scheme – which will be his first in London – will transform the arrival hall at North Greenwich Underground station into a towering winter garden.

Visitors will emerge from the Tube into a 24m-tall glazed winter garden and a 152m-long galleria of repetitive slender columns which form an ‘avenue of trees’ supporting the glass canopy above.

Backed by developer Knight Dragon, the 130,000m-squared development includes a revamped Tube and bus station, a theatre, cinema, bars, shops and a wellbeing hub, topped with three towers providing offices, apartments and hotels.

There will be 800 flats inside the building, 200 of which will be 'affordable' (if you're an oligarch) - plus 500 hotel rooms, 300,000 square feet of office space and about 80 shops.

When the building's ready, North Greenwich station will become Greenwich Peninsula, a somewhat pointless change if you ask us - unless its full name will be Greenwich Peninsula for The Claw. In which case we're on board. [Metro]

Photo credit: The awesomely-named Knight Dragon