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Demolition for Marconi?

Historic radio factory threatened

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The proposal to demolish a number of notable buildings at Marconi's world famous Chelmsford site is 'damaging and unjustified', according to the Society.

The Marconi Works on New Street was built in 1912. It was the site of the first entertainment radio broadcasts in the United Kingdom, making it the forerunner of the BBC.

The threatened buildings are part of a Grade II-listed complex. Demolition proposals target The Cottages, The Weigh House, Gatekeeper's House and Mess Room of the original works. Together these form the original street elevation and make up an attractive line of buildings.

According to James Hughes, Conservation Adviser at the Society, 'These historically significant buildings are charming and remarkably well preserved. The selection of buildings for demolition is incoherent and piecemeal. To demolish some and not others along the same stretch is like knocking out teeth one or two at a time.'

'The developer has not even tried to justify the damage to such a historically significant street.'

James adds, 'The council should value this world-famous site on behalf of its citizens and the future. There are a lot of perfectly good housing developments which have retained all the original buildings as part of a new development. It just takes a little imagination.'

The Society is calling for the council to reject the plans.



Wednesday 28 November, 2012

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