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Dad's army

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The Regent Palace Hotel has been sending conservation media types into a frenzy of rage, simply because the Crown Estate and Allies and Morrison produced designs to replace the Edwardian building (though preserving the most significant interiors).

CABE supported the proposals, resulting in a vicious article by Charles Clover in the Daily Telegraph and a splenetic piece by Private Eye's Piloti columnist;

following CABE's review, English Heritage listed the entire building.

As it happens, Westminster council wants something more 'historic' than the A&M scheme, so a redesign looks likely. What the great heritage champions have not told their readers is that the entrance and some interiors of the hotel were designed by the father of EH stalwart Paul Velluet.

Surely they have a right to know!

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