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What was the reason for rebuilding that station? Is it because the area
suddenly became "the centre of cool" and suddenly money appeared?
I think the exceedingly basic existing station needed replacing/upgrading
anyway, but instead of simply plonking in a generic replacement, they've
obviously put a bit more money in, to get a proper statement station as
part of the area's regeneration project. What was a poor, industrial zone
is finally getting gentrified, some years after the rest of the area around
the Olympic Park.
"The new station is an undoubted architectural triumph, given the reaction
one of my recent tweets has accumulated, and you can enjoy several more
lovely photos over at Ian Visits. But this is also "the central project in
the regeneration of central Hackney Wick", its gravitational pull helping to
ensure that every unlisted local building gets knocked down to make way for
not-quite affordable flats, and the harbinger of destruction for the area's
quirky artistic vibe. Going, going, not yet gone."