Tuesday 30 November 2004 10.46am
A cynic writes...
The substation is also the national memorial to physicist and chemist Michael Faraday
, who was born nearby in Newington Butts
. Faraday was the chap on the £20 note until 2001. As the man responsible for discovering electromagnetic induction he hastened the move from the age of steam to the age of electricity.
The memorial, designed by Rodney Gordon in 1961, is a listed building (Grade II). Some might think that Southwark are keen to see awareness of it fade.
The grand plan for the Elephant
proposes the ultimate removal of the roundabout on which the memorial sits - IIRC it is in the middle of the new "Civic Square"
The Town Hall to the east will be converted to a new museum referred to as "The Discovery Centre" which will focus on science and education. To the north of the new museum a new space to be known as "Faraday Square" will provide an area for public gathering. Around the square there will be a new Healthy Living Centre, new shops, cafes and the Faraday Museum, all of which will open onto and animate the space. The Faraday Memorial which currently occupies a part of the northern roundabout may be moved into "Faraday Square" making a direct connection with the new "Faraday Museum".
The "Faraday Square" will mark the transition between the existing Walworth Road
and the High Street extension to the north and therefore will act as an important gateway into the new development area.
Note the use of "may". I suspect that we shall be seeing an application for listed building consent to demolish it completely rather than to relocate it.
There is also the possibility that they get more money for the eyesore advertising hoardings in the traffic island if there is no background lighting. (AFAIK the hoardings were given planning consent without any consideration of their impact on a listed building)
(opinionated blog - some strong language)
(Twentieth Century Society)
(reprint of Times article on Blue Peter Competition)
(Rodney Gordon quote)
Edited to add: I think I might be a bit too intense in my views on this!
Edited 1 times. Last edit at 30 November 2004 10.48am by Lang