Jun 13 2011 By Dan Coombs
A TUBE station, church, and a primary school, are among 10 buildings set to be granted protected status in the borough of Hillingdon.
They are all deemed to have historical or architectural importance worth saving for future generations. The list has been drawn up by Hillingdon Council, to add to a register they drew up in 2009.
Being on the list gives a building significance when faced with development, potentially safeguarding its future.
Councillors will decide at cabinet tomorrow night (16/6) whether to approve the list, and then a six week consultation will commence where residents can have their say. The scheme is recommended for adoption by local authorities from English Heritage, and is separate to their own Grade I and II historical protection programmes.
The buildings include Hillingdon Underground Station, in Long Lane, an all white steel framed structure which sits above the A40, and was only completed in 1994. It was build as part of the re-routing of the A40 in the early 1990s, south of the original Hillingdon Station. It even won an award shortly before its completion for 'underground station of the year' with its low-pitched roof likened to an old Victorian train-shed.
Ken Pearce, Uxbridge historian, said: "The original Hillingdon Station was first built in 1923. When it was first built people found it misleading because of the name Hillingdon, which they associated with St John's Church in Hillingdon.
"So people would get off and face an enormous walk down Long Lane, which was still a country lane then, which was why the suffix Swakeleys was introduced, to let people know it would let them off in the Swakeleys area. The new underground station must be the newest on the list."
The list has largely been drawn up by council officers, but they have taken on board a recommendation from the Harefield History Society to include the Dews Farm farmhouse in Harvil Road, Harefield.
The building received a blue plaque this February as it was the birthplace of Cecil John Kinross, a World War One soldier honoured with a Victoria Cross for bravery.
However a risk lies ahead, with HS2 set to run yards away if it is approved, threatening the farmhouse's tranquillity. It is also believed that the original building, which was renovated in the 19th Century, was visited by Queen Elizabeth I in 1602.
Gordon Isaacs, chair of Harefield History Society, said: "I am glad they are going to include it. We have to keep an eye on what goes on."
A building opened 72 years ago, in 1939, is also on the list. Cranford Park Primary School, in Phelps Way, Harlington. The school is soon to expand to offer an extra 210 places, totalling 840 pupils.
The new existing building was designed in the style of the surrounding 'Metroland' 1920s and 30s expansion of Uxbridge. The new extension will be built as a modern extension to the original, but will be distinguished by a different tone of brickwork.
Another well-known building to feature on the suggested list is the Grade II listed restaurant in Uxbridge High Street, currently occupied by Zizzi's, previously Auberge. It is described as a key landmark to Uxbridge town centre, and was rebuilt from elements of a 16th Century timber building that originally stood on the site of Uxbridge Library.
Ken Pearce said: "It was carefully taken down and stored for quite a long time at a builders yard. Latterly it was a shop, but I don't know what it was used for before that. It is one of the few pieces of old Uxbridge that has been preserved."
The Church of the Sacred Heart in Pembroke Road, Ruislip, is also featured, described a key landmark in the area.
A farmhouse on the Green Belt too stands to be listed, The Stables, in Goulds Green, Hillingdon, dating back to the 19th Century, and still has the original timber doors. However the building requires sprucing up, as does the Mayling Transport Yard, in Broadwater Lane, Harefield.
The two timber framed barns have been described as being in poor condition, and being listed will be a boost.
The buildings date back to the 18th Century, still holding many of the original frames, and provide a reminder of the importance of farming to the Harefield area which still exists today.
The third property on the list in Harefield ward is Lantern House, in Tile Kiln Lane, built in 1930. It is said to incorporate material from Erith Castle, in Kent, and is two storeys high with mock timber framing and a balcony at its picturesque front. The property is valued at £1.25 million.
An address of local character, Wieland Road, Northwood Hills, is also included, renowned for its attractive archway, and entrance to Potter Hill House, now St John's School. The 1920s building has now been converted to two addresses, 23 and 25, in the road.
The final and 10th property to be recommended for the list is Apollo House, in Blyth Road, Hayes, constructed in 1928.
One resident had suggested that the railway bridge at Oak Grove, Eastcote, could be included, but council officers decided it should not be, as they deemed there was not enough architectural quality.
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