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Tuesday 22 May 2012 12.26am
Thebunhouse wrote:
As I understand it The Young Vic is based around the heritage sight of "Wilsons the butchers" as evidenced by the main entrance seemingly not fitting in with the rest of the design because the Young Vic were required to preserve the original frontage.
Anyone and everybody can see that the Young Vic have no intention of preserving Wilsons by the delapidated state of the front and I suspect they want it to become so broken down that they will be able to have the preservation order removed to their benefit.

Wilson's butchers is not a listed building, and there is no preservation order on it. However, is seen as an important part of the Young Vic's history.

Back in the early 70s, The Young Vic was originally meant to be a temporary structure, and was built cheap as chips using the retained butcher's shop (which had been a local landmark survived the blitz when all around it had been destroyed).

The design team decided to keep it during the recent rebuild - despite it making their job more difficult see 2006 TO article here (esp page 2)

The new mirrored roof in the lobby was obviously installed to reflect the patterns of the tiling.

AFAIK The Wilson's sign has never been repainted since the Young Vic opened in 1971 and has consciously been left to slowly fade away.

[However, the new neon "Young Vic" sign overhanging it, that I think was put on some time after the 2006 revamp is so poorly thought out I suspect the architects weren't involved.]
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