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Bishopsgate Goodsyard plans need ‘serious’ rethink

The Victorian Society stresses that any revised designs should seriously address the concerns raised by objectors and not just tinker at the edges of the existing design.

Copyright Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 2.0 Generic: R~P~M, Arched Windows, The northern wing wall of the former Great Eastern Railway Bishopsgate Goods Depot, Shoreditch, London. 14th October 2011.

The Victorian Society has welcomed news that developer Hammerson may rethink its Bishopsgate Goodsyard’s plans following the outpouring of objections from local groups. However it stresses that any revised designs should seriously address the concerns raised by objectors and not just tinker at the edges of the existing design.

The Director of the Victorian Society, Christopher Costelloe, said: ‘We are glad that Hammerson has noted the wide range of groups objecting to the current plans. However, we do not accept his assertion that such high towers are the only option for the site. Let’s hope these comments signal a serious rethink and are not just paying lip service to listening to the community. Our letter makes several suggestions which could easily be incorporated in to the site design to better connect it with its heritage’.

In its full letter to Hackney and Tower Hamlets Councils the Victorian Society argues that the large buildings proposed do not reflect the quality of the historic buildings that will surround them. The Society also objects to:

·         the demolition of much of the Bishopsgate Goodsyard’s vaults,

·         the unnecessary demolition of Victorian residential buildings on Sclater Street,

·         the separation of the Goodsyard’s Victorian gateway on Shoreditch High Street from the rest of the site, and

·         the demolition of the wall running round the edge of the site to Commercial Street.

For these and other reasons the Victorian Society recommends that the application as it stands is refused. It represents gross over-development and would harm the setting of a number of listed buildings and conservation areas.

The full text of the Victorian Society’s objection can be viewed here.

 

 

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