The massed ranks of the conservation movement gathered at London's Garrick Club last Friday at a dinner to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Save Britain's Heritage. In the chair were Save founders Marcus Binney and Simon Jenkins;
guests included Dan Cruickshank, Margaret Richardson, John Harris, Giles Worsley, Gillian Darley, Ken Powell (former Save secretary), Alan Baxter, Sophie Andreae and Terry Farrell. Farrell of course was prominent in the fight against the Mies Mansion House Square scheme, one of Save's bitterest (and unsuccessful) battles, which soured relationships with Modernist architects for a decade.
Few now remember, however, that Save was also instrumental in supporting Richard Rogers, backing the demolition of listed buildings to make way for Lloyd's, and then helping prevent the demolition of Billingsgate, which Rogers converted in an inspirational conservation-led scheme. More recently, Save accepted that some old flour mills in Battersea should be demolished to make way for the Rogers Montevetro housing scheme - on condition that Rogers was the named architect, a condition John Gummer included in his appeal decision allowing the scheme.