Heritage advice

What we do

We advise on works and necessary planning authority consents for a wide range of heritage assets which are owned or managed by us including:

  • Thames bridges
  • Surface projects such as restoration of street furniture, public realm schemes in historic areas such as Strand/Aldwych and renewal of historic buildings such as Victoria Coach Station
  • Commercial development - Changes to retail properties and the development of under-utilised sites such as station car parks
  • London Overground and Elizabeth line heritage stations and other structures
  • More than 150 Tube stations that have some form of heritage protection

Our Heritage Advisor gives expert advice to transport projects that affect heritage assets and environments, especially if they need planning permission or negotiation with the city, borough or district councils and Historic England.

Examples of our heritage projects

Bank station capacity upgrade

Heritage advice for over-station development taking place as part of major improvements to Bank.

Thames bridges

Comprehensive refurbishment of the 90-year-old, Grade II-listed Chiswick Bridge and Art Deco 1930s Grade II* listed Twickenham Bridge. This included like-for-like replacement of weathered balusters, strengthened with integral (hidden) steelwork. Other bridge projects include heritage advice on new navigation lights, structural renewals and new cycleways for Vauxhall, Lambeth, Westminster, Kew and Hammersmith Bridges.

Restoration of Crystal Palace and Hanwell stations

Award-winning £7.5m restoration of the Grade II-listed Crystal Palace station building and ticket hall, new Overground platforms and the creation of step-free access. Refurbishment of Grade II-listed Hanwell station, restoring derelict and neglected buildings, integrating step-free access into the Victorian structure and redecorating in an historic GWR livery.


Heritage expertise provided for numerous routes including the East-West route which passes along the Victoria Embankment and through Regent's Park, Green Park and Hyde Park.

London Overground/Elizabeth line heritage audits and London Underground heritage register

Detailed reports on heritage features and designations on railway lines and stations we manage as part of the London Overground, Elizabeth line and London Underground networks.

Station upgrade projects

Recent schemes include step-free access provision at historic stations such as Osterley, Amersham, Wimbledon Park, Hanwell and Sudbury Hill.

Contact us

If you have any questions, email Edmund Bird at edmundbird@tfl.gov.uk.