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Minister blasts ‘descendants of Brutalism’ and pledges to rebuild Euston Arch

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Mr Hayes' views on modern architecture obviously catch the headlines, but shouldn't detract from his views on Euston station. This is surely the most dismal of London's main termini - definitely not a good example of anything, as far as I can see - and we've waited far too long for the resurrection of the Euston Arch. This project has so much more going for it than the imposition of Lumley, Johnson, Osborne and Heatherwick's narcissistic project for a garden bridge across the Thames, and when and if this finally evaporates (mostly at our expense) perhaps the more altruistic of the sponsors might see their way to help finance the resurrection of Hardwick's magnificent arch. The Euston Arch Trust deserves all the support that the Garden Bridge Trust doesn't - and, dare I say it, the Arch would be a significant feature of tourist London. In terms of the architectural history of this area of the city, the reconstruction of Euston Arch would also be no small compensation for the same Heatherwick's arrogant butchering of the grade II listed Kings Cross coal drops on the altar of the shopping religion. Hardwick versus Heatherwick? it's no contest.

Posted date

4 November, 2016

Posted time

10:42 am

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