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Gensler office plans under attack by conservationists

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Conservationists have slammed Gensler's design for a 75,000m 2office development on Westminster Bridge roundabout, labelling it 'monolithic and entirely inappropriate'.

The Twentieth Century Society last week warned that the project, comprising an eight-storey radial building and a 16-storey crescent-shaped tower (AJ 4.5.00), would compromise the setting of County Hall.

'It will have the most dramatic impact imaginable on the Grade II-listed County Hall and visualisations show the Gensler tower protruding above it, ' said case worker Jo Haire. 'Given the masterplans being made for Waterloo and the South Bank Centre, it is appalling that a more thoughtful building isn't being considered.'

The society has written twice to planners at the London Borough of Lambeth to protest at the design. The building is being financed by Frogmore Developments and will take the place of the former Island Block of the Greater London Council.

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