So this morning I was in the area and I struck up a conversation with someone who lives across the street from this site. She said that literally the day after the Brexit vote, all the trucks and workers vanished.
She added that given the visual eyesore that remains (it looks like what I imagine some cities looked like during WWII), she spoke with the local council, but they said there's nothing they can do about it since it's a private project.
Have the Malaysian owners (referenced in the earlier related article) had a change of plans? Is there any news on what's happening here?
At least part of the holdup is accounted for by the fact that the developers don't have the necessary ecclesiastical consent to knock down the western wall of the churchyard, and remove (for storage) the memorials affixed to it.
There seems to be a bit of confusion between the 20 Blackfriars Road site that adjoins the churchyard and the Rennie House site, the latter being the site for the new Hoxton hotel. The 20 Blackfriars site demolition started at least two years ago, when the building immediately next to the churchyard was demolished and has been carried out in a rather piecemeal fashion ever since. The current state of affairs is indeed a dreadful eyesore, but the work didn't stop the day after the vote to leave the EU, it had already stopped, started and stalled again well before that. This end of Blackfriars Road is a disgraceful mess, with local homes being deluged with the dirt and dust from the site that is being whipped up and blown all over the surrounding area. I thought protective sheeting was supposed to be put up round buildings when they under demolition, but the 'cowboys' involved in this project just seem to do what they like, when they like, with no regard for anyone who is affected by it.
suziq - you're right, but I think you mean Wedge House rather than Rennie House.
(Rennie and Wakefield being the two main buildings on what was previously dubbed 20 Blackfriars Road but which the current owners seem to prefer to call 18 Blackfriars Road, just to make things even more confusing for us all...)
Thanks James - there was me thinking everyone else was confused and now I'm adding to the confusion! Anyway, it's an awful mess - which I think we can definitely all agree on. Let's just hope it doesn't sit like for years to come. The 240 Blackfriars site sat empty for several years after they'd demolished the previous buildings, but at least it was left part-demolished.