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Listed residence to be demolished

Westminster City Council has approved plans to demolish a Grade II-listed hall of residence, despite protests from the local community.

The demolition of Sheppard Robson's 1963 Imperial College Southside Hall of Residence was approved at a meeting of the council's planning applications sub-committee last week.

One local resident said: 'This is such a shame. The buildings are such a unique form of architecture and unobtrusive.' The decision comes after vacillations by the Twentieth Century Society, which ultimately decided to raise no objection to the demolition. In February it called into question the need to demolish the buildings after reviewing evidence presented by engineer Alan Conisbee and Associates.

The council received 168 letters from local residents objecting to the proposed redevelopment.

Prior to the decision to redevelop, Imperial commissioned investigations into options for the future of Southside, including the repair and maintenance of the existing buildings. The college said that none of the options to retain the existing building were realistic.

The redevelopment will create two groups of three halls of residence, each housing 150 students.

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