BOUNDS Green Tube station has been recognised by English Heritage for its Art Deco architecture and awarded listed status.

The station, opened in 1932, was designed by architect C H James and has been credited with setting a new aesthetic standard for stations.

Now after a campaign led by Bounds Greens ward councillor, John Oakes, the "modernist" style building has been named a Grade II listed building.

It means the local landmark is now regarded a building of national importance and significance.

Councillor Oakes received the letter from English Heritage on Wednesday morning.

Cllr Oakes said: "I have long admired our tube station, and the way its Art Deco style makes it an ornament and a focus for the area's residents.

"After a tour with MP Lynne Featherstone, to examine its excellent restoration by Transport for London, I was surprised to find that it had not been listed in the same way as Turnpike Lane and Arnos Grove, two other stations dating from 1932/3 and influenced by the legendary architect Charles Holden.

"So I asked the Bounds Green and District Residents’ Association and the Hornsey Historical Society if they would support my application, which they kindly did.

"I am delighted to say that the Minister for Culture, Media and Sport has now recognised Bounds Green Tube as an historical gem and a very worthy addition to Haringey’s protected buildings by giving it a Grade ll listing."

Bounds Greens's new listed status means that any change or extensions will be limited.

The station was built as part of the first section of the northward extension of the Piccadilly Line to Cockfosters which opened in sections during 1932 and 1933 to serve the growing suburban areas of north Middlesex. On October 13, 1940, the north end of the westbound platform was badly damaged by a German bomb during the Blitz which killed 19 people and wounded many others sheltering in the station. A plaque commemorating this tragedy was erected in the station in 1994.

Mike Ashworth, design and heritage manager of London Underground, said: "Bounds Green and other stations on the Piccadilly Line are stunning examples of how the Underground was built to provide not only an efficient mode of transport, but also to promote new suburban development, making stations the focal points of local high streets. "Stations built 80 years ago, such as Bounds Green, still live up to these expectations, reinforcing and enhancing London Underground’s brand and identity."