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  • Goldfinger teamed up with Hammerson for the commercial redevelopment of part of the area around Bloomsbury Square, namely Southampton Place.
  • Goldfinger claimed to admire the gridiron system of the area, and planned the tower as a pivot to it.
  • Plans never progressed following the failure to award planning permission to a scheme that would have seen historically protected housing on Southampton Place demolished. Although originally unprotected, the proposals were a catalyst for the London County Council applying for a preservation order on the buildings which was granted in 1962.
  • Testifying against the order at the hearing and on behalf of the architect, was Nikolaus Pevsner who argued that it should be permissible to replace a good historical building, with a better modern one.

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Architect
Erno Goldfinger
Developer
Hammerson PLC

Reference Data

Reference No.
7051
First Uploaded
20-10-2014
Last Editorial Date
20-10-2014
 

Building Location

Address
Southampton Place, London. WC1
Council
Camden
County
London
Region
London
Country
United Kingdom

Building Specification

Status
Cancelled
Proposal date
1960
Style
Modernist

Roof Height (AGL)
103.00

Total Floors (O.G)
32

Market Data

Primary Use
Office
Secondary Use
Retail


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