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Society implores rethink of Barbican's £12.5m revamp

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The Twentieth Century Society has asked Alford Hall Monaghan Morris (AHMM) to reconsider its £12.5 million scheme for the revamp of the Grade-II listed Barbican Centre. The society has said that improvements in signage and lighting would eliminate the need for the radical overhaul of the foyer proposed by AHMM (AJ 3.10.02).

And it has called for a more daring approach to the refurbishment of the main Silk Street entrance.

The society has also launched a campaign against the demolition of the Grade II-listed Greenside by Connell Ward and Lucas. The local council has granted listed building consent - against the recommendation of its planners - to the owners of the modern house at Virginia Water in Wentworth, Surrey, who believe it will cost too much to repair.

Case officer Claire Barrett said the house had played an 'incredibly important part in the development of British architecture. Not only would this be the loss of a wonderful building, but it also calls into question the whole system of listing.' The society is considering pushing for a judicial review.

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