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New Modernist building 'will spoil London Eye'

Marks Barfield's landmark London Eye could be ruined by the building of another Modern building nearby, a high-profile views consultant has warned.

Veteran historical views consultant Hal Moggridge has claimed that Allies and Morrison's proposed redevelopment of Elizabeth House in Waterloo ( pictured) will 'spoil' views of the iconic wheel.

The consultant has issued a warning that key views of the Eye, including the famous vista from St James's Park overlooking Horse Guards Parade, should be preserved.

Regarding the 'Three Sisters' development, which was unveiled by the AJ earlier this year, Moggridge said: 'I think it's going to appear behind the Eye, which will spoil it. It will be one Modern building spoiling another, which is something that should be looked at.'

But Marks Barfield director Julia Barfield claimed she had not seen any evidence to back up Moggridge's argument, and insisted she was unconcerned.

Barfield added she found the comments 'amusing', considering the London Eye was about 'celebrating views of London', rather than something which should be protected itself.

by Rob Sharp

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