I refer to the story on the rebuilding of Battersea Power Station (NCE last week). The redundant building's chimneys are not safe and will have to be carefully and expensively demolished.
What will we have then?
The remains of a redundant 1930's industrial building, left abandoned for several decades.
It will have no chimneys, interior or roof. All that will be left are the remains of a steel frame and some of the walls, which look in a sorry state.
And what is planned- The answer is to build imitation chimneys and a facsimile building for an entirely different use to that of the original.
Can you imagine planning permission being granted today for this eyesore of an industrial building, located on the riverside and 2km from Westminster Abbey.
Surely enough is enough.
This site should be developed with buildings that are both sympathetic to their surroundings and designed for their intended use.
Robin Ashford (M), firstname.lastname@example.org