I loved that "Frogmore regenerating Lambeth" sign.
It used to be by the sign that said that you were entering Lambeth which was a nuclear free zone. I heard that the Council auctioned the latter signs off. Unfortunately having decided to get commercial they did not seem to know when to stop selling.....
I thought it was one of the interesting themes of the Channel 4 Demolition programme that almost all the buildings that were hated were concrete. And where replacements were proposed they were almost always shiny glass. These even blander buildings when they deteriorate will surely come to be equally hated. I actually thought it was rather unfair that almost all the buildings that were held up for scorn were empty, derelict and graffiti-ridden - anything looks ugly in that state. With the concrete clean and the jolly blinds working 1 Westminster Bridge Road could be very acceptable. Although it never related very well to the ground and to the subways. I am fairly certain, however, its replacement will be no great cause for celebration.
Talking of monsters there is a proposal to build a 30-storey tower on the corner of Lower Marsh and Waterloo Road. Glass of course but with some sops to sustainability with photovoltaic panels and wind turbines.
And talking of bland there is a very dull redevelopment of 98-108 Lower Marsh being submitted. What's there could do with replacement but this lumpen proposal hardly fits the bill. English Heritage have tweaked the design but probably just with the effect of making it even more leaden.
I have always liked the building - its fantastically brutalist, austere and a great contrast to the twee gothic pastiche of the houses of parliament. At risk of being a bit pretensious I think that the building was a great illustration of the side of Britain that is normally shoved out of sight. I would have liked it to be listed and restored. I even quite like the grafitti.
On a slightly different issue another picturesque eyesore is the building next to Tower of London which is decaying away rather prettily (we can see it from SE1 so it counts on this website) - how long before this becomes another shitey glass box?
A 1974 picture of the island block in pristine sparkling newness (with obligatory postcard Routemaster, but sadly not with the funky automated orange blinds down) can be found in the RIBA picture library at: