I was in Borough yesterday and noticed this building, the Hop Exchange, immediately to the south of the existing Borough Market viaduct. As we all know, Network Rail are planning to build a new viaduct to the south of the existing one for Thameslink 2000, but I couldn't believe they were ballsy enough to propose demolishing a building like this.
Turns out they aren't. I couldn't find plans in any of the usual places, but the Save Borough Market campaign has some. The route swings to the north at its west end just in time to avoid affecting the Hop Exchange. Extra tracks will be built north of the existing viaduct instead, cutting off the westward connection from Cannon Street (off the top of the diagram) to Charing Cross.
This plan shows what will be affected. From right to left:
- The 3 highlighted terraces to the right will be completely demolished.
- The big green blob in the middle is it cutting through the roof of Borough Market.
- Across Stoney St, the Wheatsheaf pub will have its top storey removed.
- The buildings on the south side of Park Street will lose their rear extensions (not highlighted)