List postmodern buildings or lose forever 

The Twentieth Century Society has warned that important examples of postmodern buildings, such as No 1 Poultry, could be lost to future generations. Speaking to Dezeen, Twentieth Century Society director Catherine Croft said no Postmodern buildings were getting listed, with not even the best examples being conserved . “We might lose a whole chapter of architectural…

Victorian Society slams Bishopsgate Goodsyard plans

Following widespread criticism, developer Hammerson may rethink its plans to construct a 15-storey office building and adjacent residential tower block in Shoreditch, which would involve demolition of Victorian railway arches. However, The Victorian Society has called for any revised designs to seriously address the concerns raised by objectors and not just “tinker at the edges”…

Marmite buildings need love too

This week on Building4Change.com, I published a case study about the refurbishment of Guy’s Tower, that impressive hulk of brutalist mid-twentieth century architecture which has dominated the Southwark skyline for the past 40 years. That dominance has been replaced by its new neighbour, the gleaming scalpel-sharp Shard, but Guy’s Tower is still keeping it real,…

Updating a Grade II listed cinema

The transformation of the Shepherds Bush Pavilion into a luxury hotel shows how sympathetic adaptation can lift of a heritage building. The was designed by architect Frank Verity. When the 3,000 seat Shepherds Bush Pavilion, designed by Frank Verity opened in 1923 on the west-side of Shepherds Bush Green, it was the largest picture house…

The only way is up?

The rise and rise of London’s tall buildings casts into sharp focus the debate around London’s housing crisis and the preservation of its historic character. “What we can’t do is impose some kind of freeze on the skyline and suspend the capital in stasis”. So said Sir Edward Lister, Deputy Mayor for Policy and Planning,…