Just posting to request some information on that derelict lump of concrete south of Westminster Bridge (Near to Waterloo International). I've run a few searches through Google (That's how I found this forum) but all I've been able to find out is the name of the thing!
If someone could please tell me exactly what it is (Other than a "white" elephant) and why on earth it's been allowed to stand there for so long, I'd be greatful. I have heard that the entire building was computer controlled or something?
Also, if you could please post some links etc. to useful resources, I'd be very greatful again!
The Island Block extension was designed with a pioneering computer controlled set of exterior sunblinds, which extended out from each layer of the building. The mechanism of the blinds was not terribly reliable. IIRC they were a very 1970s shade of orange.
There are some drawings and photos in the Survey of London's "Monograph 17" on County Hall published in 1991, which should be held by major reference libraies.
I think if you use this link to buy it, the site editor of SE1 gets commission!