Prince Charles threatened to resign from the National Trust unless changes were made to its Feilden Clegg Bradley-designed HQ, it emerged today
The Guardian reports that shortly after he took over the National Trust presidency, following the Queen Mother’s death, Prince Charles requested the power of approval over new architectural projects. He asked advisers to scrutinise plans for the Swindon headquarters, Heelis, designed by Stirling Prize-winning practice Feilden Clegg Bradley.
The £14.5 million building provoked the Prince’s ire as it was not ‘green enough’, according to reports. Despite the Prince’s concerns, the building won an Excellent BREEAM rating and, in 2006, an RIBA Sustainability Award.
The two-storey, deep-plan building can accommodate up to 485 staff in 7,107m² of office space on a brownfield site, part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western Railway complex. Feilden Clegg Bradley declined to comment.