New proposal challenges Smithfield demolition plan

Urban Space Management (USM) yesterday submitted a proposal for a 90-year lease on London’s Smithfield General Market based on a business model that will bring the Victorian buildings back into use without the need for demolition. The developer’s proposal challenges the current plan put forward by Henderson Global Investment, which proposes to replace the the…

Back to the future in Sheffield

As reported in The Guardian, a group of craftspeople have bought Sheffield’s Grade II* listed Portland Works, 100 years after stainless steel was first manufactured there. Portland Works (Image courtesy of Tamsin Rutter/ The Guardian) More than 430 people have raised over £300,000 through individual shares ranging from £100 to £20,000, along with loan from…

Mortimer Street Facade

Fitzroy Place keeps up a facade

On my way to a meeting this week, I came across this interesting bit of structural engineering. It’s the facade of the old Middlesex Hospital on Mortimer Street in the heart of ‘Fitzrovia’, an area of London north of Oxford Street long associated with artists and writers. The vacant hospital, a fine example of Victorian…