Tuesday, 13 December 2011
A trip into the disused Brompton Road London Underground station closed to the public since 1934. You can see some of the levels, including the anti-aircraft control room which was in use in the Second World War.
With special thanks to Steve from Art Of The State. (www.artofthestate.co.uk)
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Thursday, 1 December 2011
Wednesday, 30 November 2011
''Employ a more efficient network of government advisors''
"If your advisors are not working differently in this financial environment
.....retrain or replace.’’
Bureaucracy is an excuse used by some business leaders:
We are currently going through a classic example with the Ministry of Defence and assisting their Deputy Head of Projects to make use of Brompton Road under the HM Treasury’s 1998 Wider Markets Initiative (WMI) in order to help the MoD create revenue from their assets to fund more resources to our troops in war zones rather than wait many years until the defence review is completed.
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Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Former station could be tourist attraction
A restaurant and a climbing wall could help turn a former tube station into a tourist attraction in its own right.
Brompton Road station in Knightsbridge closed in 1934, but now a former banker, Ajit Chambers, is hoping to lease it, and several other former stations, from the Ministry of Defence.
He is also in talks with Mayor of London Boris Johnson, as Transport for London owns the network, to support his plans.
Monday, 19 September 2011
Friday, 9 September 2011
A former banker has unveiled plans to transform London's abandoned Tube stations into tourist attractions, which could see restaurant jobs being created in the capital.
Ajit Chambers has teamed up with the Ministry of Defence (MoD), which owns the disused London Underground stations, to try leasing some of the sites, the BBC reports.
He is also in talks with London mayor Boris Johnson over plans to redevelop the likes of Brompton Road, which closed in 1934.
As well as creating chef jobs with underground restaurants, the stations deep-drop shafts could be used to install climbing walls, said Mr Chambers.
"Imagine the history and the historic meetings that went on here," he told the BBC. It is thought that Adolf Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess was brought to Brompton Road station to be debriefed after his capture in Scotland in 1941.
This month the official opening of Nigel Mendham's restaurant THIRTY SIX has created several waiter and chef jobs in the capital.
Thursday, 8 September 2011
7th September 2011
By Shruti Tripathi, Gabriella Griffith
London’s got many ghost stations that you won’t spot on the tube map. Shruti Tripathi took an exclusive tour of the disused Brompton Road station- which might well be the next coolest pub or wedding venue.
A former JPMorgan Chase & Co. executive aims to turn 26 unused London subway stations and bomb shelters into shops and tourist attractions after raising 200 million pounds ($319 million) from investors.
Ajit Chambers, chief executive officer of Old London Underground Co., met Mayor Boris Johnson yesterday to discuss the plan. Chambers agreed to provide more information on potential sites, costs and the work needed to convert the stations, according to an e-mail from Johnson’s office.
“We’ve set up the construction teams, the finance availability and the investment to renovate underground space,” Chambers said in an interview. He declined to identify the investors.
Old London Underground plans to open the first site, Brompton Road station, in time for the 2012 Olympic Games in east London, Chambers said. The station, owned by the Ministry of Defence, has been shuttered since the mid-1950s after serving as the headquarters of southern England’s anti-aircraft defenses during World War II.
Each station would cost 17 million pounds to 34 million pounds to renovate and they would all be opened within five years, according to Chambers. That’s if he can convince Johnson that developing empty parts of the London Underground network, also known as the Tube, won’t come at public expense.
Transport for London, the Tube’s operator, “has already looked closely at these proposals and highlighted the huge safety challenges and massive potential costs they involve,” the mayor’s office said. Johnson’s priority is “the upgrade of the Tube and delivering the passenger improvements that Londoners require.”
Chambers, 38, said he could generate more than 300 million pounds in annual revenue from turning the derelict sites into restaurants, gyms, museums and art galleries.
At the Brompton Road station he aims to open a members club on the roof of the above-ground portion and house the London Fire Brigade museum in its tunnels and shafts, he said in the interview inside the disused property.
The London Underground is the world’s oldest subterranean rail network, according to Transport for London. Brompton Road station opened in 1906 to ferry passengers along the Piccadilly Line until its temporary closure during World War II, when it was used as a war room.
Rudolf Hess, Adolf Hitler’s deputy, was interrogated there by the Defence Ministry after he crash-landed his plane in Scotland in 1941 seeking to broker a peace deal, said Glenn Purkis, a Ministry of Defence employee who manages offices above the defunct station.
The station, nestled between the affluent neighborhoods of Knightsbridge and South Kensington, reopened after the war before its use as a station ceased in 1955, Purkis said.
Aldwych in central London’s theater district would be among the next stations to be developed, according to Chambers. The stop, which was used as a bomb shelter during both world wars, has been closed since 1994.
Chambers founded Old London Underground in 2009. He said his plan will unlock the value of historic underground real estate that had largely been forgotten.
“The investors are helping the U.K. put health and safety into these spaces and in return they get to make money,” Chambers said.
Sunday, 21 August 2011
"Ajit Chambers, the Genevan who is reviving the ghost stations of London"
Ajit Chambers left working for a financial organisation in Geneva to dive into the rehabilitation of London's disused Underground stations. He founded for this purpose the Old London Underground Company and has spent two and a half years shooting down 'one by one' the obstacles to make available 26 new abandoned underground sites to benefit London's tourism economy.
Last week 'Le Temps' followed him in the depths of the Brompton Road station, where no train has passed since the 30's.
Between his trips to Geneva he has spent serious time preparing his financial model ready for the worlds investors to see on the 2nd of September. Ajit has also received a pledge from the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, that the project will go ahead ''as long as it doesnt cost a penny of public money''. The Mayor has regularly renewed his support for the project, notably last spring on BBC Parliament TV in his own office he called Ajit ''A brilliant Gentleman''. In parallel, Ajit Chambers began negotiations with L.U. (London Underground), the local government entity responsible for the transport system in Greater London to obtain leases of these "ghost stations" to create a group of tourist attractions that will benefit London's economy and pay directly back into London Undergrounds budgets.
Wednesday, 3 August 2011
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Whoever ventures down the disused underground stations in London starts a sinister journey back in time. After the first steps there is a misty smell that envelops the nose coming from the damp concrete walls that have been dormant for 60 years. Under the shimmering lights there is an old underground map dated 1942
‘That’s how long it has been empty ‘ says Ajit Chambers. The 38 year old ex-banker is one of London’s most famous entrepreneurs breathing life back in to the desolate veins of London.
Thursday, 28 July 2011
Friday, 22 July 2011
Love it or loath it, the London Underground is one of Britain’s great institutions.
Millions use the Tube every day and the map of the world’s first underground railway is considered to be one of the finest pieces of twentieth century design.
But amidst this labyrinthine network over 40 Underground stations remain frozen in time, closed due to lack of passengers – some of which haven’t felt a human presence for over a hundred years.
But plans are now well underway to give the world’s oldest subterranean railway tunnels a new lease of life.
Former banker Ajit Chambers, founder of The Old London Underground Company, has earmarked 26 Tube stations across London for redevelopment.
He believes the derelict stations hidden away beneath the capital are some of London's greatest assets, with over £1bn worth of untapped real estate still to be bought up...
Read more at Culture24
Monday, 4 July 2011
"The scrum of rush-hour on the Tube is often inhumane. But London's empty stations can be as intimidating as its overcrowded ones. The vacant rooms at Brompton Road are hung with stalactites and light-blubs that have been switched off for half a century. The air is musty and mote-filled, rippling only when trains pass through the defunct platforms..."
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- Ajit Chambers
- Stephen Brunning, MD Rapid 5D www.rapid5d.com
Tuesday, 7 June 2011
Saturday, 28 May 2011
News of The Old London Underground Company reaches Delhi, home to the newest underground train service in the world, and the Times of India runs a short piece interviewing Ajit Chambers on May 22nd 2011.
Saturday, 16 April 2011
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The Times, Friday April 1st.
Thursday, 24 March 2011
The American investor Charles Tyson Yerkes is very similar to some of the investors the The Old London Underground Company is in contact with today. Forthright, hard working and visionary in their concept of suitable investments.
Tuesday, 22 March 2011
Sunday, 13 March 2011
Saturday, 12 March 2011
- Sound commercial use of a currently unused business opportunity
- Creation of investment and finance opportunities for London, in keeping with the Mayor's stated aims www.london.gov.uk/who-runs-london/mayor
- Capture of London's largest unused asset within a proven robust economic recovery twin sector - Leisure & Tourism
- A sustainable investment model collaborating with TfL/LU international consultancy strategy
- Investor inclusion in the proven financial methodology with global recognition across Reuters, Bloomberg and the FT