Conservation in Bloomsbury, Exhibition Opening

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 in Exhibitions & Events
Conservation in Bloomsbury, Exhibition Opening

We’re having an exhibition of photographs to display some of the buildings and work we have been involved in within the conservation area. We would be delighted if you could join us on Tuesday 29th November between 6pm-8pm at the Alan Baxter Gallery for the opening. Wine and nibbles will be available.

BT Tower Event

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 in Exhibitions & Events
BT Tower Event

The BCAAC is holding a fundraising event on October 9th. British Telecom have very generously given us the use of their BT Tower viewing gallery and Griff Rhys Jones has volunteered to be the master of ceremonies!  There will be an interview with Richard Seifert and a short talk by Professor Alan Short.  Funds raised […]

Royal Ear Hospital Entrance Demolition Plans

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized
Royal Ear Hospital Entrance Demolition Plans

APPALLING  – THE DEMOLITION OF THIS FINE FACADE HAS JUST BEEN APPROVED WITH ONLY ONE COUNCILLOR VOTING AGAINST IT. THE OFFICERS AND PLANNING COMMITTEE SEEM OBLIVIOUS TO THEIR DUTY TO  PRESERVE AND CARE FOR OUR CONSERVATION AREA!   DO THEY REALLY NOT VALUE THE CONSERVATION AREA OR ARE THE DEVELOPMENT PLANS OF BIG INSTITUTIONS ALWAYS MORE […]

Old GPO on New Oxford Street to be enlarged and re-clad

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 in News
Old GPO on New Oxford Street to be enlarged and re-clad

‘The proposal for a vastly pumped up scheme for the conversion of the old GPO sorting office on New Oxford Street has been approved by Camden Council. This was a grim decision as the proposal causes great harm to the conservation area – in particular the view down Museum Street from the British Museum (lined […]

Bannermania

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 in News
Bannermania

Has anyone else noticed the spread of bannermania, disfiguring the faces of some of Bloomsbury’s finest buildings?  There seems to be a misconceived need for institutions to shout ‘I’m here!’ by sporting an outsize banner, usually in some garish colour.  I think it must be down to public relations departments feeling the need to justify […]

31 & 32 Argyle Square

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 in News
31 & 32 Argyle Square

This is relatively minor case but one that illustrates an important principle. An application for work to the hotel at 31-32 Argyle Square was recently approved by the council. The local residents association ‘The Friends of Argyle Square’ were anticipating that the two unsuitable glazed front doors would be replaced by a historically correct solid […]

Cartwright Gardens – Decision

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in News
Cartwright Gardens – Decision

At the planning committee meeting on August 15th the proposals for a huge student resident block on the East side of Cartwright Gardens, recommended by officers for approval, was granted planning permission in the teeth of local resident and business opposition, the opposition of the three local ward councillors (including Jonathan Simpson who spoke eloquently […]

Proposal for 1 Bedford Avenue and 251-258 Tottenham Court Road

Posted on Sep 11, 2013 in News
Proposal for 1 Bedford Avenue and 251-258 Tottenham Court Road

The Committee has objected to this current proposal for a new office and retail block on several counts- below is the summary of the objection: 1.The height of the proposed building is important as it sets a precedent for the whole of this part of Tottenham Court Road, affecting the area bounded by Bayley Street, […]

Developers make a mockery of Camdenʼs planning process

Posted on Feb 28, 2013 in News
Developers make a mockery of Camdenʼs planning process

Developersʼ contempt for the planning system was on full display in the Town Hall at Thursdayʼs Development Control Committee meeting. One of the applications discussed was St Georgeʼs Court, a post-war neo-classical office block previously occupied by the Ministry of Defence. In order to create ʻmodern officesʼ to attract high rents and classy customers, the […]