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Classicism set to beat Modernism at Hampton Court

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Allies and Morrison looks set to lose out in the Modernist v Classicist ‘battle of the styles’ at Hampton Court later tonight (28 October).

Back in August, developer Gladedale announced it would let local authority Elmsbridge Borough Council decide between two rival hotel schemes for its controversial Jolly Boatman redevelopment – one a ‘Modern’ weatherboarded scheme by Allies and Morrison, and the other a Georgian-style alternative by Quinlan Terry (Ajonline 14/08/08).

Now it appears the council’s planning officers have made their choice, recommending that the authority’s planning committee approve Quinlan’s designs.

In addition, the council is also urging the committee to reject Allies and Morrison’s hotel scheme claiming it would ‘adversely impact’ on the character and appearance of the surrounding area.

The decision would not affect the larger masterplan, drawn up Allies and Morrison for the entire site for the Gladedale consortium, which includes Network Rail and Royal Star & Garter Homes.

Interestingly, the authority’s recommendation falls in line with a public consultation which found that 582 of those commenting on their preferred design supported the Classical design, while only 101 wanted the Modernist scheme.

Neither option has appeased the Hampton Court Rescue Campaign (HCRC), which believes the site is being overdeveloped and branded the recent style debate over the central hotel building a ‘red herring’.

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