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Prince Charles latest: 'Scrap National Trust HQ, or I resign'


Prince Charles threatened to resign from the National Trust unless changes were made to its Feilden Clegg Bradley-designed HQ, it emerged today

The Guardian reports that shortly after he took over the National Trust presidency, following the Queen Mother’s death, Prince Charles requested the power of approval over new architectural projects. He asked advisers to scrutinise plans for the Swindon headquarters, Heelis, designed by Stirling Prize-winning practice Feilden Clegg Bradley.

The £14.5 million building provoked the Prince’s ire as it was not ‘green enough’, according to reports. Despite the Prince’s concerns, the building won an Excellent BREEAM rating and, in 2006, an RIBA Sustainability Award.

The two-storey, deep-plan building can accommodate up to 485 staff in 7,107m² of office space on a brownfield site, part of Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s Great Western Railway complex. Feilden Clegg Bradley declined to comment.



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Readers' comments (5)

  • What more can be done? Bye Charles...

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  • Who cares? It's clearly a nasty vendetta being carried by some people. What are they afraid of? It's all simply rumour and speculation. A smear campaign.

    Now, which big name architect has had his nose put out of joint recently?

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  • (groan) let him throw his queenie fit and resign. Architecture will be better off without his regressive ideas. London is a great city because its buildings are a wondrous mix of old, modern and experimental. Charles wants to put an end to that.

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  • Odd isn't it, that when the President of the National Trust allegedly shows an interest (proof please?) in a new building, doesn't criticise the architecture or the architects but suggests, quite reasonably, that it could perhaps be more sustainable, it still brings out all this bile?
    Other reports suggest that it was indeed altered to enhance sustainabilty. Is this now a bad thing?

    Old news, dug up to make a fuss over nothing.

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  • Prince Charles architecture playground bully - bearable (just)
    Prince Charles King of England: truly unbearable - to be avoided at ALL costs.

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