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Traditionalists call for Broadgate demolition

The Traditional Architecture Group (TAG) has joined calls to demolish parts of the 1980s post-modern Broadgate estate in London

The group – which is a linked society of the RIBA – has hit out at English Heritage’s (EH) proposal to list the buildings at Grade II*, suggesting the site should be cleared and rebuilt in a classical style instead.  

In a statement TAG said: ‘[We] would welcome any proposal which repairs and reinstates the lost traditional context of the City.’

The group called for a ‘civilised’ alternative in the form of a design competition and a public vote on Broadgate’s demolition but failed to explicitly mention Make’s controverisal £460 million proposal.

According to TAG, an EH report has revealed images of how Bishopsgate and Spital Square used to be, unearthing the ‘almost total degradation that this part of the city has suffered at the hands of the 20th century urban designers and architects.’

Alireza Sagharchi, TAG chairman said: ‘This is a great opportunity to reverse the mistakes of the 1970’s and 1980’s which has marred the face of the City.

‘The motives of those who support demolition is diverse but what we all agree on is that the current buildings are not exemplar of great Architecture and no one would lament their loss. English Heritage should take heed of public sentiment and not make the mistake of preserving the current flawed plan in an effort to stop a similar one.’

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