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”…

BPF backs heritage consultation

The British Property Federation (BPF) has welcomed an English Heritage consultation on future guidance for dealing with planning applications in historic environments. English Heritage is seeking views on three Historic Practice Good Practice Advice Notes published on 11 July. They relate to local plans, decision making and the setting of heritage assets. The notes are…

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,…

Renovation as art

Few outside the world of contemporary art will have heard of Theaster Gates but this Chicago native has managed to fuse together art and building renovation. Included in the Art Review’s ‘Power 100’ list of most influential artists of 2013, Gates’ has made a name for himself as a socially aware artist-cum-property developer. The roofer’s son has…

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…