If it means the demolition of this, then it can only be good...
Saving a few pennies towards budget deficit reduction is a much larger concern just now.The question also has to be asked as to whether it is wise to move so many military units out of London...
Aren't the military classed as first responders should there be a major terrorist attack or dirty bomb, and weren't the military an option when it came to last years mass disorder in London.
Sad but trueSaving a few pennies towards budget deficit reduction is a much larger concern just now.
Basil Spence was also responsible for 102 Petty France (the Old Home Office building at what was then Queens Anne's Gate and which is now home to the Ministry of Justice). His most notable work being Coventry Cathedral.Personally I too can see this tower coming down, even though it was recently refurbished. Whoever gets hold of this site is going to build some seriously expensive development. If I was spending £45 million I would't want to be in the shadow of that ugly thing...
I think the criticism surrounding the old Home Office building was more to do with it's location than the actual building itself.The old home office is a handsome example of brutalism and I like it. The barracks however are not so great.
InterestingI have heard a rumour that the MOD is offering these barracks at the dirt cheap price of around £300 million (up to £500 million) on the provision that who ever buys the land and barracks will build a brand new Cavalry Barracks on nearby land on the edge of Hyde Park.
A serving member of the Cavalry who was recently based at Hyde Park Barracks (Knightsbridge Barracks) had been told the plan was to sell the barracks cheap on the stipulation that land was found in Central London, possible on the fringes of Hyde Park and that the developer built the Household Cavalry a new barracks as part of the deal.Interesting
Can you shed any light on the source of your rumour?
The current austerity driven MoD and Government could always make the horses use the tube in order to save money. Might be a bit messy for other travellers though. :lol:Well it's obviously tempting, but I think very short-termist to sell this. Where else are the MoD going to find a plot of land near Buckingham Palace, near a park (with bridleways) and space for 300 horses? Over 10 years a new barracks and transport costs will probably be more than £500m easy. Jaeger mentions land near by, but I can't imagine there is a spot going spare - other than parkland - which I and many would be against building on.
Sadly the Kings Troop RHA are already feeling the effects of no longer being based in Central London and are having to try to find stabling for London Ceremonial Events and the situation could become ridiculous if Knightsbridge Barracks are sold without a viable alternative or replacement.The King’s Troop was for 65 years stationed at St John's Wood before its barracks and more than 100 horses were relocated in February 2012 to Napier Lines at the traditional Royal Artillery ground at Woolwich. Because of the greater distance from central London, the troop can no longer ride to many ceremonial events but horses will be transported by vehicle to nearer stables for appearances at Hyde Park, Buckingham Palace and elsewhere.
MoD’s a bit slippery over Hyde Park sale
The Ministry of Defence has failed to advance a single yard in 16 months towards the goal of selling its biggest property asset in London.
Quite a feat: pity there is no individual to court martial. Failure to progress the £500 million sale of Hyde Park Barracks feels like culpable negligence.
“No decisions have been made,” insisted a MoD spokesman. “No plans exist. But things are happening in darkened rooms. What we are looking for is for someone to come up with a plan and make some kind of offer.”
No, not what was said last week when leaky agent CBRE revealed it was to conduct a “market sounding” exercise.
The statement was issued on January 28, 2011, when I suggested here that the MoD was saddling up to sell the current home of the Household Cavalry to a developer of hyper-luxury flats. Maybe it has taken time to square the landowner, Royal Parks? After all, an Act of Parliament is needed for change of use.
But, who knows? The MoD hasn’t explained. What is known is that rival agents Savills and Knight Frank are furious. Why? Because the Ministry failed to do any market sounding before letting the market sounding contract go to CBRE. A fine firm: but more Royal Engineers than Household Cavalry.
Thanks for that JaegerA serving member of the Cavalry who was recently based at Hyde Park Barracks (Knightsbridge Barracks) had been told the plan was to sell the barracks cheap on the stipulation that land was found in Central London, possible on the fringes of Hyde Park and that the developer built the Household Cavalry a new barracks as part of the deal.
I am usually wary of rumours however Knightsbridge (Hyde Park) Barracks are worth a lot more than £300 million or even £500 million, they stretch over six acres (over a quarter of a mile) down one of the most expensive areas in the world (right next door to the One Hyde Park development) and they have Peninsula Tower (over 200,000 sq.ft) which could be converted in to very expensive luxury apartments overlooking Hyde Park or even in to a hotel. I think the MoD could actually command a similar price for these barracks as they did for Chelsea given their location especially given that property at neighbouring One Hyde Park is currently valued at £7,000 per sq ft. If they were to build a new barracks it would probably be built along far more enviromentally friendly lines (grassed roofs etc) in order to blend with Hyde Park.