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King’s College London withdraws Strand demolition plans.

We welcome King’s College London’s withdrawal of its plan to demolish its historic Strand buildings.

The Victorian Society has welcomed King’s College London’s withdrawal of its plan to demolish its historic Strand buildings. The move follows the Secretary of State’s recent decision to ‘call-in’ the application for determination at a public inquiry.

Christopher Costelloe, Director of the Victorian Society, said: ‘The Victorian Society is delighted that King's College has responded to public and expert concern and withdrawn its proposals for 154-158 Strand. I think the majority of Londoners will be happy with this decision. We look forward to seeing a scheme which will both respect the Strand’s unique history and allow modernisation of the King’s College campus.’

The Victorian Society has been strongly opposed to King’s scheme from the outset, arguing that the ‘damaging’ plan would lead to a ‘blander’ London without creating enough space to provide a long-term solution to the College’s desire to expand. King’s had already stated that it is in talks with Westminster City Council about ‘how to take on board concerns’ following over 10,000 members of the public signing a petition started by Save Britain’s Heritage calling for the plans to be scrapped. 

Friday 19 June, 2015

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