Demands for Rogers British Museum extension to be 'called in'
Camden Civic Society has called for Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners’ recently approved extension to the British Museum to be ‘called in’ by the Government
The proposed extension was approved by Camden Council last week, nine to three in favour of the re-jigged proposals, having previously refused the practice’s initial designs for the redevelopment of the north-western corner of the Grade I-listed London landmark.
In a statement issued by chair Martin Morton, Camden Civic Society (CCS) outlined its intentions: ‘Together with the Bloomsbury CAAC, we shall also now be asking the Secretary of State, Department of Communities and Local Government, to “call-in” the revised application, that is, to refer it to an Inquiry.’
The CCS object to the £135 million extension because of ‘the great harm it will do to the Museum’s existing magnificent Grade I listed buildings…[and] the damage it will do to the setting of other listed buildings and the character of the Bloomsbury Conservation Area.’