It's probably about 20 years since I found - from, I think, Blue Circle's own information - that a tonne of cement produces a tonne of CO2. That makes it all the more important to preserve the embodied energy in buildings like Preston Bus Station (saved) or the Tricorn Centre (lost). A downturn in the cycle of popularity is really not enough. Think of the amount of concrete in the Aylesbury Estate.
I couldn't agree more with the peers but - pace the summer's Labour party difficulties - have felt unable to express an opinion. Now those with a rock solid involvement have spoken out, perhaps this damaging scheme could be ditched. London is not Berlin, where Peter Eisenman's elegant memorial, and the many lesser ones, are essential.
While anti semitism in the UK is clearly still real, education would be a far better use of the money.
Could Sarah Sands' reluctance to report on any of this have anything to do with the fact that the current editor of the Evening Standard is alleged to have invested personally in the Garden Bridge?
If Thomas Heatherwick were actually an architect this would surely be a case for RIBA disciplinary action.
HE should at least say what has actually happened. The ceiling hasn't 'been removed', it has been smashed up. 'Been removed' is weasel words designed to gloss over a failure to protect. It is possible to remove a ceiling - think of Croome Court (now NT) decades ago, where ceilings ended up in the US. This could have been removed, and maybe sold. But Anna Sullivan is right. Far better would have been to leave it in situ and watch admiring parents express delight and surprise at their student offspring's new accommodation - at an enhanced price, naturally.
@heavenairport - Sorry to keep on 'splaining but in the absence of an ironic typeface, which Nwola Uduku and I both maybe needed, it's the difference between shocking and surprising. So these findings are shocking but not surprising.