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Former sanatorium of Eton College faces demolition to make way for houses

Image courtesy of Google street view

The demolition of the striking Victorian building, once the sanatorium of Eton College, would be a major loss for the area, according to the Society. Under the plan, by a private developer, it would be replaced by a number of separate three-storey houses.

'This is a really appealing building,' according to Kathy Clark, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society, 'It has lovely Dutch gables and very distinctive diamond diaper patterns in the red brick. It's highly visible from the road. Instead of demolishing it, it could be converted and reused.'

Picture3-001.jpg The distinctive brickwork

The Society is calling on the local council, the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, to refuse permission for the building's demolition. Kathy adds, 'In many other towns this sort of notable building would be preserved and made into desirable apartments.'

'Demolishing it would be unimaginative. The developer should consider reusing a beautiful building. This would be a more sustainable option and would protect the area's heritage.'

The Society has written to the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead to recommend that it refuses planning permission for the demolition.

Tuesday 4 December, 2012

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