Unsupported browser

For a better experience please update your browser to its latest version.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Campaigners fail to save listed hall of residence

  • Comment
Demolition work has started on the Southside hall of residence in London, ending any hope that the Grade II-listed block could be saved.

The 1963 student flats at Imperial College have been the centre of an ongoing battle between Westminster City Council and the Twentieth Century Society, which wanted to preserve Sheppard Robson's original building.

Earlier in the year, the group begged the council to reconsider its proposals to flatten Southside after it discovered the building was not, as first thought, beyond repair.

According to a report by engineer Alan Conisbee and Associates, most of the building's defects, including defective mullion panels, could have been easily restored.

However the council decided to press on with demolition and in April (AJ 21.04.05) approved plans for a new development by Kohn Pedersen Fox - despite receiving 168 letters of objection from local residents.

The redevelopment will create six halls of residence, each hall housing 150 students, and is scheduled to open in 2007.

by Richard Waite

  • Comment

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions.

Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.