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Pimlico School finally faces wrecking ball

Westminster City Council has paved the way for the demolition of John Bancroft's famous Modernist Pimlico School.

A planning brief, which proposes to raze the existing school to the ground and replace it with more up-to-date facilities, was ratified by the local authority late last week.

The move will come as a major disappointment to Modernist campaigners, who have fought a long-term battle, stretching back over the last decade, to save the school ( pictured).

According to a council spokesperson, the council and governors of the Brutalist school are pushing ahead with the proposed redevelopment because the existing building is no longer fit for purpose.

Last year the school was closed for a week due to fears that glass panels on the building could slip and injure a student.

Councillor Brian Connell, cabinet member for children's services, said: 'There is an urgent need to address the inadequacies of the existing building and provide local children with the sort of educational facility they deserve.'

The planning brief includes a range of development options for the site, including an all-new school plus a range of community facilities.

The council's ratification will now be followed by a public consultation to garner the opinion of the local community regarding any new facility. This will be followed by a final planning brief.

by Rob Sharp

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