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Festival of Britain kiosk faces the wrecking ball

One of the last two remaining buildings in London from the Festival of Britain is set to get the chop at a planning meeting next Tuesday (6 June).

Plans to replace the Tourist Information Kiosk in St Paul's Churchyard ( above) with a radical alternative from Make ( below) will almost certainly win the green light from City of London planners.

The kiosk was built in 1951 by Albert Richardson and was moved to its present location in 1955. Along with the Royal Festival Hall it is a rare example of the festival's architecture.

But city planners, with the support of English Heritage, are set to approve the replacement. The report, which recommends the planning committee give the project the green light, is clearly keen on the Make scheme.

'The architectural form and scale of the proposed building have been carefully determined to ensure its integration with its sensitive surroundings and its visual relationship with [St Paul's Cathedral],' the planning report says.

However, the demolition will not take place without opposition. One objector wrote praising the existing kiosk's 'historic significance'. The campaigner said: 'It sits well adjacent to St Paul's Cathedral, respecting its position and serving its function well.'

Plans promoted by the Twentieth Century Society for the kiosk to be moved to the Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings in Worcestershire appear to have made little progress.

by Ed Dorrell

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