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Old January 22nd, 2013, 09:01 PM   #1461
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If they extended the roof a little and kept ALL the original features, they could make a real land mark.



I like it!

P.S. I can hereby announce that the rubbish ice cream parlour with the plastic ice cream in the window seems to be officially dead now.

There's a 'to let' sign in the window. Who's going to let this property for 4-5 months though? Pop-up tourist tat shop maybe?
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Old January 23rd, 2013, 04:09 AM   #1462
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Great photomontage Mouldss!
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Old September 12th, 2013, 12:09 AM   #1463
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Are there any plans for the building on the left of the empire cinema?
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Old September 12th, 2013, 09:06 AM   #1464
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Went to Leicester Square for the 1st time the other day. I felt that it needed to be opened up. It needed to be a open space, felt too claustrophobic. No1 was really using the central grassy area. How does it work when there is a Premier, looks like there isn't much room for fans.
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Old September 13th, 2013, 01:36 PM   #1465
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Opened up? Disagree. I just want there to be more encouragement for people to use the central area. There also needs to be some more screens. Okay it's Piccadilly Circus but the main neon area could be added to by building it higher, but perhaps that would be ungainly.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 12:21 AM   #1466
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Leicester Square Hotel Plan

I'm surprised no thread has been created on this article today or bumped to the top. It's on a new mega development on Leicester Square, I had been searching for some pictures...

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/londo...t-8894168.html

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Leicester Square hotel plan would destroy historic Tommy Cooper pub… just like that

The Mayor’s officials have raised “serious concerns“ about plans to demolish the Leicester Square block that hosts an Odeon cinema and the historic Hand & Racquet pub, frequented by Britain’s most famous comedians.

Radisson Edwardian has applied for permission to demolish six buildings and build a 360-bedroom hotel and leisure complex. It would mean the destruction of the Odeon West End, built in the Thirties, which hosts the BFI London Film Festival, and the Victorian pub whose regulars included Tommy Cooper, Tony Hancock and Sid James.

The nine-storey hotel would have a spa with swimming pool, and there would be a new Odeon cinema and banqueting suite below ground.

Westminster council has referred the planning application to the Greater London Authority for guidance because of its scale. In their report GLA planners say they are concerned about the “loss of key heritage assets”, although none of the buildings is listed. They state: “Complete demolition of all buildings … is not in accordance with planning policy, and would cause harm to Leicester Square conservation area”.

They say the cinema façade, the Hand and Racquet pub, and Broadmead House are all “strong positive contributions to the character of the area, and should be retained and restored as part of any redevelopment proposals”. The report raises concerns over “the impact of the proposed building on the setting of Grade I-listed Trafalgar Square, and the Grade II-listed National Gallery”.

Conservation groups opposed to the development wrote to Westminster urging it to reject the application, saying: “The destruction of so many high-quality Victorian, Edwardian and 20th-century buildings will cause great harm.” The Hand & Racquet, built in 1865, once bore a blue plaque, removed after the pub closed four years ago.

It read: “The upstairs became a mecca for comedy, artists such as Tony Hancock, Sid James and Tommy Cooper were often seen quaffing ale.” Cooper would peer through the windows to see who was in, as he tried to avoid buying drinks for people. But everyone would see his fez and follow him in. Hancock scriptwriters Ray Galton and Alan Simpson were regulars and the pub features in his shows.

James Hughes, of the Victorian Society, said: “This is a magnet for tourists.” Radisson is believed to have paid about £100 million last year for the site, between the south side of Leicester Square, Panton Street, St Martin’s Street, Orange Street, and Whitcomb Street.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:40 AM   #1467
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I had a hope that it would be the building on the left of empire cinema when I read the thread title. Why don't they just build it there? Its so awful that absolutely nobody would complain about it.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 09:53 PM   #1468
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Is this not Make architects scheme?. I hope it's reconsidered to keep the art deco cinema and some sense of history in this square.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 10:02 PM   #1469
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The curvy MAKE scheme was ditched a few years back.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 12:38 PM   #1470
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The new design is a much lumpier, dull, watered down, 2013 proposal.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 02:00 PM   #1471
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All being demolished? Wish there was a guardian for this city and country.





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Old October 23rd, 2013, 04:38 PM   #1472
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Any pics of what is replacing it? The original buildings look nice and perfectly suitable to the area.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 04:52 PM   #1473
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 05:32 PM   #1474
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I don't know what to say about that. The new design it not bad at all, but I wouldn't like the old buildings get demolished for others that can be found in any other city. But then again this picture doesn't look really good either:
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 05:44 PM   #1475
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They could so easily keep and incorporate the main Art Deco facade. It would even add some glamour and class to the development. They're making a serious mistake here.
And I'm surprised a rare Art Deco cinema-building of that size and significance is not listed.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 05:46 PM   #1476
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The new proposal is simply not good enough IMO. If all the Vic & Ed buildings in this block were thoroughly cleaned and renovated they would look fantastic and much more suited to LS. So frustrating that since next door there are a couple of 60's 70's shite blocks that need demo. I hope the planners reject this scheme, but sadly I suspect that 'brown envelopes' may win the day..............and another slice of London heritage will bite the dust, alas.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 08:38 PM   #1477
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Looks like tacky mid 80s-90s crap you would find in a town centre like Bromley.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 10:20 PM   #1478
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Not really a worthy replacement. The cinema and adjacent building just need to be refurbished as opposed to complete demolition.
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Old January 21st, 2014, 10:58 PM   #1479
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The redevelopment of the Odeon Leicester Square was item 1 of the planning committee meeting tonight at Westminster.

We should know the decision imminently.
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