Last October Richard Rogers, Richard MacCormac and I met the planning minister, Richard Caborn mp, to discuss how planning guidance for the historic environment (ppg15) tends to militate against good replacement buildings in conservation areas and leads to the preservation of mediocre facades. We are undertaking a research programme to investigate how widespread this problem is.
We would be very interested to hear from architects or clients who have experienced instances, particularly outside London, where planners rejected sympathetic contemporary architecture in conservation areas, and retention of the facades of unlisted, old buildings, irrespective of their architectural quality, with new buildings concealed behind.
We would welcome any relevant material that could be included in the resarch as a case study. Information and transparencies showing the retained facades and the rejected scheme should be sent to Caroline King, the Richard Coleman Consultancy, Bridge House, 181 Queen Victoria Street, London EC4V 4DD, tel 0171 329 6622, fax 0171 329 6633, email: firstname.lastname@example.org