Published: 12 December, 2014
by TOM FOOT
THE landmark Curzon Cinema in Soho has been earmarked for demolition by Crossrail 2 bosses.
Newly released maps show how rail bosses have marked out the cinema in Shaftesbury Avenue as a “surface area of interest” for the £25billion east to west underground railway.
Transport for London, which is managing the project with Network Rail, said the Curzon was needed to build a ticket hall and entrance into the new Crossrail station.
Famous Soho Square would also be cordoned off under the “safeguarding” planning rules and is expected to be used as a temporary builders’ depot during works which could last 10 years.
The Curzon did not respond to requests for comment but a spokesman did not appear to know about the proposals.
TfL said that any resident, small business, or landowner affected by their plans would be able to apply for compensation and that TfL would buy and property seriously affected for the “current market value”.
Michèle Dix, TfL’s managing director of planning, said: “The Crossrail 2 Safeguarding was carefully planned to ensure that disruption to existing businesses and residents was kept to a minimum wherever possible. The plans that are subject to consultation have identified the Curzon Cinema, near Tottenham Court Road, may be required to enable the construction of a Crossrail 2 ticket hall. As the plans for Crossrail 2 become clearer, we will work with Westminster, local residents and business affected to ensure local impacts are kept to an absolute minimum. Future plans for the above site redevelopment may include a replacement cinema. ”