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Fresh approach needed for the Royal Alex

The Royal Alexandra Hospital in Brighton has been saved from demolition for now, but its future isn’t completely secure.

'We must not be complacent about the Royal Alex', said Heloise Brown, Conservation Advisor for the Victorian Society. 'The building remains at risk until plans are approved which incorporate the historic building into a new development.'

Last month a government inspector rejected controversial plans to demolish the former children's hospital and build more than a hundred flats on the site. After a four-day public inquiry the inspector, John Papworth ruled that the proposed block of flats would have an unacceptable impact on the conservation area. He also criticised designs for a doctors' surgery planned for the basement of the new building.

The Royal Alex is still in good condition and the society believes it could be adapted for 21st century use.

'We are delighted that the planning inspector rejected Taylor Wimpey's plans for demolition', added Heloise Brown. ‘We are now calling for them to go back to the drawing board and come up with a scheme that makes the most of this handsome and adaptable building. We have always argued that the hospital is part of Brighton's heritage and must be retained.'

Thursday 18 June, 2009

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