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Martin Pawley: conservation lights the blue touchpaper

The news that English Heritage officers have been working on a hit-list of highrise buildings for demolition seems to have dismayed a lot of people, even though the conservation movement has never made a secret of its loathing for the genre. As far as conservation organisations are concerned, St Paul's got there first and that's all there is to it. The English Heritage annual report sets the tone: 'The day-to-day challenge for all our staff is the too-ready acceptance of the mediocre ...

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