riba council last week sanctioned a letter from president David Rock to be sent to Westminster City Council, making clear its 'strong objection' to the proposals to replace Pimlico School.
Rock, who wrote the letter with John Bartlett, said it was 'an important issue and something on which we have to take action shortly', adding that Ellis Williams' scheme represented a 'gross overdevelopment of the site, with nothing left for the playground'.
Council unanimously agreed. Couriered straight to the council's acting director of environment and planning Peter Rogers, the letter raises detailed concerns. These include that the combined development is 'unduly prominent and disruptive in its urban form to the now established character of the surrounding area'; that the proposals for residential buildings are of an 'inappropriate height, size, number and density'; that the urban form is 'inadequate', and that strategic views to St Saviour's church will be disrupted.
'It's pushing its luck as a planning application,' Rock added.