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Old October 24th, 2006, 01:06 AM   #1
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Demolition Hitlist

I felt the urge to start a new thread - so here it is. Which London building new or old would you like to see demolished. I have two proposals (please forgive my lack of research and preperation- I can not name them). First is that momument to bad taste - the toytown office block built directly opposite St Pauls as part of the Paternosta redevelopment. What does it tell tourists visiting St Pauls about British taste and architecture that is not humiliating. Second is virtually every building on the north river front between Blackfriars and London bridge- including St Pauls school- all of it must go!

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Old October 24th, 2006, 01:18 AM   #2
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- More London
- Portland House
- Bucklesbury House
- Virtually everything along the North Bank from Blackfriars onwards, except Adelaide House and Unilever House
- Sea Containers House *shudder*
- That midrise which appears behind the Tower of London when viewed from the south, don't know its name
- There are some really shitty buildings around the London Wall area
- The Royal National Theatre. A hideous concrete carbuncle that should never have been built. Probably the most overrated building on the face of the earth. I truly despise this building.
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Old October 24th, 2006, 01:23 AM   #3
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Second is virtually every building on the north river front between Blackfriars and London bridge- including St Pauls school- all of it must go
They make me seethe with anger whenever im in London...I get so angry...And until they are replaced with human scale, loveling designed buildings of real character, including variation in size and shape...I will not be happy.
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Old October 24th, 2006, 01:35 AM   #4
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Guy's Hospital and most of the River frontage downstream of Tate Modern
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Old October 24th, 2006, 01:42 AM   #5
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ummmmmmmmmmm....am i the only one who likes more london?
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Old October 24th, 2006, 02:13 AM   #6
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Too many!

- Guys
- More London/City Hall
- Trellick Tower
- Thistle Hotel
- That new groundscraper in the city of london (everyone on here seems to like it, has unusual cladding) Can anyone remember the name?
- Royal National Theatre
- That skyscraper in CW with the very obvious lines running down it (again the name escapes me)

The list goes on and on...
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Old October 24th, 2006, 02:31 AM   #7
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-More London (Though at least when this is finished, we get Heron! Oh and the public space looks nice, just not the buildings)

-Guys hospital (Sorry El Greco)
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Old October 24th, 2006, 02:44 AM   #8
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Old October 24th, 2006, 03:59 AM   #9
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Guy's Hospital
Philistine!

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- Guys
Philistine!

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-Guys hospital (Sorry El Greco)
Philistine!
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Anyway my list :

Royal National Theatre
Southwark Towers
New London Bridge House
Knightsbridge Barracks
One Angel Court
Kent House
Westminster City Hall
Windsor House
33 Cavendish Square
New Zealand House
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Old October 24th, 2006, 05:35 AM   #10
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The Tesco building in South Tottenham
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Old October 24th, 2006, 09:36 AM   #11
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The Barbican. I go to the Arts centre there regularly, and the whole environment is depressing, the towers eyesores and the atmosphere one of gloom. I love the concert hall, but it's a relief to leave that dystopian slum.
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Old October 24th, 2006, 10:07 AM   #12
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It's not called St. Pauls school - it's City of London School - I should know, I go there...

I quite like the National Theatre but would certainly want to see knocked down:
Guy's and surrounding towers
A particular beige-yellow coloured yuppie block by CW
My school
More London
The groundscraper behind the Tate Modern
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Old October 24th, 2006, 12:06 PM   #13
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My favourites to be knocked down:

MoreLondon (but not City Hall)
Potters Fields
Beetham
Bankside
Some of the concrete jungle at the South Bank Arts Centre
Guys Hospital
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Old October 24th, 2006, 03:34 PM   #14
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New Zealand House - Never!! Thats one of my favourite 70s buildings!! Guys Hospital gladly - I'll be the first in line to press the detinator. Why are so many people so loathing of More London? I actually quite like it! I also like the proposal for Potters Fields! However I do have some more nominations of my own (sorry Terry nothing personal)- Everything designed by Terry Farrel in the 1980s - especially Charring Cross and the MI5 HQ. It seems we are spoilt for choice when it comes to poor buildings in London
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Plymouth City centre ( ok its not London but cant we get it written off as collatoral damage?)
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Old October 24th, 2006, 03:44 PM   #16
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Why are so many people so loathing of More London? I actually quite like it! I also like the proposal for Potters Fields!
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However I do have some more nominations of my own (sorry Terry nothing personal)- Everything designed by Terry Farrel in the 1980s - especially Charring Cross and the MI5 HQ.
Good grief.
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Old October 24th, 2006, 05:08 PM   #17
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the MI5 HQ.
MI6 you mean?
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Old October 24th, 2006, 05:33 PM   #18
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National Theatre? Are people not getting confused with the Hayward Gallery and Queen Elizabeth Purcel Hall or whatever its called?! THe National Theatre is quite a decent design just the space outside is incredibly unimaginative.

My list would be everything between Blackfriars and the old Billingsgate market.... sadly this appears to be all the new proposals (thats quite a depressing thought) to return that view of the heart of London to its glorious past. This is the part that DAMAGES St Pauls, not tall buildings blocking views from 10 miles away!

Thistle Tower Hotel - think we all know about that one

That New Travel Inn or Travel lodge whatever its called that Camden so foolishly allow to parasitcally inhabit a building ripe for demolitian and then as if mocking the planning system and the inhabitants of London decide to clad it in that stomach churning grey and purple.

That Royal NAtional Hotel near Russel Square, and any other post war hotel in that area...

All underground car parks that exist underneath public squares and gardens! Seemed to be a craze at one point and resulted in reduced public ammenity isolated by air vents and access tunnels

Kings Reach, not too keen on the reclad either...

that Horrible post reclad residential block next to Southwark Bridge, was going to be office expansion for the Financial Times, a very ungainly make-over

any post war building along Oxford Street (good grief the war really marked a watershed in British architecture lol)

all dual-carriage way systems to be uprooted within Zone 3

All inter war and post war social housing blocks ... one area that we need to save energy is in our buildings and these blocks and towers are incredibly inefficient so a short term investment and energy lost in rebuilding could save a lot in the long term, including social issues readdressed in the new designs where previous layouts left a lot to be desired

would also like to see large scale demolition in favour of some new decent sized parks
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Old October 24th, 2006, 06:06 PM   #19
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MI6 you mean?
nah Thames House isn't THAT nice either. The MI6 building is pure sex, nothing like it around, or at least that I haven't seen.

NOTE- Thames house on spooks is actually filmed at Freemasons Hall in Covent Garden, which is a wonderful building, albeit rarther spooky, hence the choice of location
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Old October 24th, 2006, 06:11 PM   #20
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I quite like the north river bank between Blackfriars and Southwark Bridges. I think they're attempting to recreate the scale of 17th and 18th Century London. You can see the odd spire and tower peeping out of those buildings.

Yes most of the buildings are poor but they are there to allow St Paul's to lord it over them.

I would knock down all those apartment blocks on the south bank from Lambeth Bridge to Wandsworth
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