OUTRAGEOUS PLAN TO BUILD ON EUSTON SQUARE

Posted on Jun 15, 2018 in News
OUTRAGEOUS PLAN TO BUILD ON EUSTON SQUARE

Comments on Landowners’ Preferred Euston Stations Masterplan dated December 2017 BCAAC has just gained access to redacted copies of a Masterplan developed by Wilkinson Eyre in tandem with the plan to rebuild and extend the western side of Euston Station to accommodate HS2 trains. It is also intended eventually to rebuild the eastern side of […]

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 […]

Comments on the Euston Area Plan

Posted on Feb 27, 2013 in News
Comments on the Euston Area Plan

Draft Plan Boundary We note that the boundary includes not only Euston Square, but a block immediately south of the Euston Road. We trust that this is recognition of the fact that the proposal will potentially impact on the Bloomsbury Conservation Area. However, where boundaries are drawn can have long‐term and unforeseen consequences. The BCAAC would be concerned if […]

Town Hall site for tall building?

Posted on Feb 26, 2013 in News
Town Hall site for tall building?

St Pancras Chambers and King’s Cross station are not just national treasures, they create a street scene which, given the proximity of Eurostar, is of international importance. The setting of these two Grade I Listed buildings must be protected.  And it is under threat; ironically from the body that is primarily charged with its protection […]