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Old January 31st, 2009, 07:32 PM   #41
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It's just EH being ***** per norm.
They'll probabally ask for the Crossrail project to be called in next!!!!
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Old February 1st, 2009, 03:34 AM   #42
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I went past this on the bus today, the fountain has been drained, could this indicate that their demolition is imminant I wonder?
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Old February 1st, 2009, 09:29 AM   #43
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They drain the fountains pretty regularly, probably when they have to scoop the bodies out.....

But seriously, the activity is intensifying around the TCR station redevelopment. I took a stroll around Falconberg Court, behind the Astoria. you'd better hurry if you want to see see this alley - everything goes over the next few months.

Pictures were at dawn, with a BlackBerry, so they're rubbish - or atmospheric, dependent on your point of view....







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Old February 1st, 2009, 01:39 PM   #44
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What a shame..............but I guess that's the price of progress eh?!
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Old February 1st, 2009, 08:58 PM   #45
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Terribly sad - there actually very interesting looking warehouse buildings. To some good riddance to a dingy alleyway - to me another little secret corner of London lost.
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Old February 1st, 2009, 09:18 PM   #46
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It is a shame, I like the way the modernist Centre Point looms over the gritty Victoriana of Falconberg Court, very dramatic. But yes this is the price of progress, so fair play.
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Old February 1st, 2009, 10:05 PM   #47
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Terribly sad - there actually very interesting looking warehouse buildings. To some good riddance to a dingy alleyway - to me another little secret corner of London lost.
Is everything going there? or just the astoria? which is on the right.
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Old February 1st, 2009, 10:16 PM   #48
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All of it.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 01:39 PM   #49
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I will have to get down there and take some shots too.
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Old February 2nd, 2009, 11:49 PM   #50
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^Please do, and round the back of Denmark Street.

Welcome to London btw (bit belated I know). you won't be disappointed.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 02:17 AM   #51
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The block between Denmark Place and Centre Point has been boreded up:





And this block won't be around for much longer either



Drained Centre Point fountain

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Old February 3rd, 2009, 09:05 AM   #52
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These blocks would be quite interesting restored and occupied by better shops.

But as Gazkinz said this is the price to pay for a long awaited transport project.

Considering our own reactions here, I fear there may be some fairly strong opposition to their demolition. non?
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 02:34 PM   #53
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I object - these are the sort of buildings we should strive to keep - the everyday buildigs of an era are what defines an age as well as the monumental.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 04:02 PM   #54
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me too. I don't accept that they have to be replaced to make way for crossrail - they are just not valued enough which I think is truly sad.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 04:10 PM   #55
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I don't see why they can't just be Deathmasked. Surely the facades can be kept, still allowing room for the Crossrail Works behind them?
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 04:24 PM   #56
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I don't see why they can't just be Deathmasked. Surely the facades can be kept, still allowing room for the Crossrail Works behind them?
As has already been said the Denmark Place buildings need to go so Charing Cross Road can be diverted across their former site and the Oxfor dStreet corner buildings need to go so the open plan ticket hall can be extended into their foundations former space.

It's physically impossible for the facades to simply stay put during the whole project, unless they can somehow float.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 05:24 PM   #57
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God, there's gonna be traffic/ pedestrian chaos round there for several years with this scheme...London can barely cope with a bit of snow, let alone major redevelopment at a major intersection. Cripes.

Shame about the Astoria really. Although to be fair this area shames me as a Londoner. If I were a tourist I'd be sorely disappointed by Tottenham Court Road.

Where are the tramps gonna live now?

And, can I say RIP The End...an absolute disgrace that this club is going
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 08:44 PM   #58
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Dont you think Crossrail has been delayed enough?
Comes a time when the prosperity of millions of people spread in an around London is much more important than local architectural heritage.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 09:37 PM   #59
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Dont you think Crossrail has been delayed enough?
Comes a time when the prosperity of millions of people spread in an around London is much more important than local architectural heritage.
I don't see why they didn't demolish centrepoint instead, and put the station and associated works over that side. Its not like it was built legally.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 09:49 PM   #60
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Centrepoint is Grade II listed structure.
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