Friday 11 November 2011 7.49pm
Well done BVAG. Have signed and passed on to other interested residents. It's a beautiful building that is important to the character of the area and makes it a nice place to live in. The proposed new building is ugly, boring and will do the opposite - make the area generic and characterless. And your campaign is not misleading, it's straightforward, what is misleading is to suggest that retaining the building - or at least the facade - and creating a public space of sufficient size are not compatible. That would be imaginative and quality design - whereas the proposed scheme is dull and lowest common denominator. It's also misleading to say because English Heritage won't list something, it's not of value. Apart from the fact The Victoria
n Society have named it one of the most endangered Victorian buildings in England, English Heritage's criteria are not the same as those of people who live and work near a building they like because it's a more rewarding and appealing experience to live somewhere with a good mix of old and new architecture.
Something I find interesting is that the council would find it important to save this building - http://www.london-se1.co.uk/news/view/5533
. Both were built at the same time. The reasons for vetoing that development were -
's planning officers have refused to grant conservation area consent for the demolition of the 1898 building on the grounds that it would "result in the unacceptable and unjustified loss of an important heritage asset that is of architectural and historic importance to the Borough and contributes positively to the Tooley Street
The same preservation reasons apply, arguably more so, for the SER building.
It suggests the council are being bludgeoned into having to accept a banal scheme against their better judgement.