Are you for feel? MPH looked like a cross between a light-industrial office unit and some kind of American themed store in a retail park, the tacky 'arch' front being the only thing that gave it some degree of uniqueness. It was cheap POMO rubbish that, compared to present needs, poorly used space in an inner London zone. For the all problems of yet more semi-luxury flats being built, at least the new build makes more optimal use of its land.What a shame the QVC building has to suffer for this the replacement is nothing special but greed and overpriced flats with no soul.
Agree the pearlescent bluish purple ghastliness takes some beating for totally inappropriate cladding, luckily the residents of battersea power station and rail users are probably the only people who will see it in the future.far superior do that awful blue plastic cladding the huge block next to it sticks up over the railway line!
Work has begun on demolishing iconic 1980s building Marco Polo House to make way for new flats, shops and offices.
The postmodernist building in south London, designed by Ian Pollard, was built in 1987 and formerly used as the QVC TV studio.
As of this morning, a large section of the structure had been demolished leaving only the iconic glass atrium which previously housed designer lifts. The demolition work officially began on Monday.
Developers Berkley Homes are creating skyscrapers on the site in Queenstown Road, Battersea, which will incorporate 456 new apartments and 1,200 square metres of commercial space.
It will be renamed Nine Elms Vista, forming part of the regeneration of the area in south London which began with restoring nearby Battersea Power Station.
The building was known for its kitsch marble arches and grey façade, with the press deeming it a “high-tech glass cathedral” when it was first created.
It was first occupied by The Observer and BSKYB, before QVC sold it for £60m to a Russian consortium in 2006.
But the demolition has drawn a mixed response from passers-by, with some devastated to see its destruction while others are happy to see the back of it.
Alex Croston, of Battersea, said: “Good grief, someone’s demolishing Marco Polo House, old ITV digital building by Battersea Power Station. Hallelujah.”
Rowan Moore, architecture critic for The Observer, wrote on Twitter: “Marco Polo House, 80s classic, former home of Observer, is coming down. Quick, list it.”
When the new design was first announced Ian Pollard told the Evening Standard he was not opposed to the new design but said: “Marco was a fun building. It was quite iconic at the time and some people still say it is."
Original building wasn't actually plastic clad - was neoparies, an expensive crystallised glass material that is often used in place of marble as it's tougher.Typical journalistic ****. The word, 'Iconic' is used loosely and practically for everything these days. And to call a building of 14 storeys a 'skyscraper' is emotionally charged nonsense. The plastic building was a parody of earlier more impressive builds. Flats are more appropriate here but I wouldn't pay much to overlook rail lines with trains passing every few minutes throughout the day.