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Damaging scheme for former Whiteleys building approved

The decision to approve a damaging scheme for Whiteleys will leave this part of West London architecturally poorer.

Westminster Council’s decision to approve a damaging scheme for Whiteleys, London’s ‘first great department store’, will leave this part of West London architecturally poorer. The proposed roof extension would be highly visible and harm the Queensway Conservation Area.

James Hughes, Senior Victorian Society Conservation Adviser said: ‘This redevelopment of the Whiteleys building will cause substantial and unjustified harm to London’s first great department store. The Grade II listed building was designed by Belcher and Joass in 1908 and extended in the 1920s. Although a 1980s redevelopment saw much historic fabric lost, it did preserve the building’s most significant elements. The relocation of the impressive spiral staircase, the marble and bronze decorated entrance and the dome, undermines their significance, which lies in their being experienced sequentially and as a whole. It is disappointing that Westminster Council has not listened to our objections or the vocal protests from the local community’.

Read our full objection letter.

You can view more pictures of the building and it's interior here.

Wednesday 30 March, 2016

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