Campaigners battling to save Milton Court, part of London's Barbican Centre, have been dealt a blow with news that plans for a lift and staircase - which may replace its famous footbridges - have been approved.
City of London planning officer Ted Rayment confirmed that a new lift and staircase would now be installed on the corner of Silk Street and Moor Lane in readiness for approval for plans to demolish the building's walkways.
The application to remove the walkways was posted in early March and is in addition to an earlier application to demolish the entire building, making way for a new Guildhall School of Music facility ( Assael steps into row over demolition plans for Barbican's Milton Court
Rayment says that the move to install the lift was a pre-emptive strike to allow the City of London to keep its options open as it awaits a decision from DCMS on the court's fate.
'The City has pre-empted the problem of [Milton Court] residents not having access should the walkways be demolished.
'If [the City of London] get permission to develop, the lift will stay and the walkways will go, and if they don't get permission, both the walkways and the lift will stay,' added Rayment.
Designed in 1959, Milton Court was denied listed building status in 2001 and has been at risk of demolition ever since.by Max Thompson