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Plans to revitalise Mayfair come at too high a price

The Victorian Society is opposing plans to demolish part of a Grade II*-listed building on Hanover Square (with the domed roof light to the right hand side of this picture) in order to create a new public courtyard.

The new public space is just one of the proposals put forward by developer, Great Portland Estates as part of the Crossrail Masterplan. The station itself is to be built on the site of nos.18 and 19 Hanover Square (the construction site you can see above). 20 Hanover Square will become a restaurant with offices above, but under the plans the 1910 auction room to the rear of the building will be demolished and replaced by a courtyard.

'20 Hanover Square is recognised as being of outstanding national significance and the auction room at the rear is an interesting and well-designed piece of architecture that reflects the changing use of the building', said Heloise Brown, Conservation Adviser for the Victorian Society. 'The developer has an obligation to provide public benefit from this scheme but this must not be fulfilled by destroying part of a Grade II*-listed building, particularly as there is already a large open space just metres away in Hanover Square.'

The Victorian Society is also opposing plans to remove the historic shop front of no.65 New Bond Street and relocate it to Burlington Street.

The Society has written to Westminster City Council to urge them to insist on a more sympathetic scheme for New Bond Street and 20 Hanover Square.

Friday 1 April, 2011

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